The Nordlichter Festival 2017 is screening five Nordic films in Germany and German-speaking Switzerland from today.

The films screening are:

  • Off the Map (Finland), directed by Tiina Lymi. A woman finds out that his boyfriend has been living a secret double life. She finds a bag of money and decides to make a run for it. She is accompanied by a little girl named Anna running away from her criminal stepfather. Together they decide to head to Anna’s grandmother’s house.
  • Grand Hotel (Norway), directed by Arild Fröhlich. About a pompous, aging alcoholic and a tourettes-inflicted ten-year-old boy who are forced to spend a week together at a high-end hotel. The only thing these two have in common is that they are both difficult to like. The hotel serves as their shared escape from the outside world and the problems it presents.
  • In the Blood (Denmark), directed by Rasmus Heisterberg. Four students buy an apartment together in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, and move in together. We follow their 20s, their ups and downs and the loneliness they discover after they split.
  • Reykjavik (Iceland), directed by Ásgrímur Sverrisson. A bittersweet romantic drama about a thirty-something Reykjavik couple heading in different directions.
  • Småstad (Sweden), directed by Johan Löfstedt. Since early childhood, Björn has secretly carried an insurmountable fear. When his father dies of old age, he and his four sisters are each left with a video message, that makes him question everything.

You can find information about screening times and locations on the Nordlichter website.  

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.