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Releases Report: March-May 2015

Denmark

 

09/04 – The Idealist

For a whole decade, one man never stopped hunting the truth about the worst nuclear cover-up during the Cold War.

07/05 – Rosita

Johannes lives together with his father, the middle-aged widower Ulrik in a small fishing town in the northern part of Denmark. They live a quiet routine life, each minding their separate jobs in the fishing industry. Ulrik misses the love and tenderness of a woman and arranges for the young, beautiful, Filipino Rosita to come to Denmark – just as many other men in the town have done before him. Johannes is reluctantly drawn into this as Ulrik¿s translator. However, over the following weeks Johannes and Rosita are getting more and more attracted to each other which forces Johannes to take responsibility for his dreams and his future.

07/05 – Long Story Short

The story of Ellen and her friends, all in their late thirties/early forties, and their more or less self-inflicted complicated love life and longing for romantic redemption. The story is a summary of three years of love-related highs and lows for the group of friends told through eight chapters, each of them set at a party: a New Year’s Eve, a housewarming, a Midsummer’s Eve, a wedding, a surprise party, a naming ceremony, an anniversary and a round birthday. It is an ensemble story about a group of people who struggle with the conception of the perfect relationship and are bound to re-evaluate their take on what true love is.

21/05 – In Your Arms

Maria is a young and caring nurse who wants to break free. Niels is an incurable patient who wants to travel to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. Together they embark on an intense journey that will bring them closer to each other, but also closer to their dreams.

 

Finland

 

03/04 – Leaving Africa

Finnish Riitta and Ugandan Catherine have a few things in common; work, a shared home and a sense of humor. Riitta has been an aid worker in Uganda for more than 25 years and soon it will be time for her to retire and to return to Finland. Before that, however, Riitta and Catherine invite religious leaders to a course in which they challenge them to a straightforward, taboo breaking discussion on women’s rights regarding their bodies, sexuality and life. But soon Riitta and Catherine have serious allegations made against them, allegations that can jeopardize their entire life’s work.

10/04 – Absolution

Kiia and Lauri are speeding down a dark country road, anxious to reach the hospital with Kiia in premature labour. Their car hits something. Lauri goes to take a look and tells his wife he saw nothing. They rush to the hospital and Kiia gives birth to a healthy baby boy. While in the hospital Kiia meets Hanna, a woman whose husband is in a coma, the victim of a hit-and-run driver. Kiia befriends Hanna and tries desperately to help her without revealing her role in the accident.

 

Norway

 

27/03 – Homesick

When Charlotte, 27, meets her brother Henrik, 35, for the first time as an adult, it becomes an encounter without boundaries, between two people who don’t know what a normal family is. How does sibling love manifest itself if you have never experienced it before?

 

Sweden

 

27/03 – Underdog

Dino, a young Swedish girl,has fled the Swedish mass unemployment for a new life in Oslo. But like manyother young immigrant Swedes she finds herself out casted and surviving onlittle money, irregular work and hard partying. When she lands work as ahousekeeper in an upper middle-class Norwegian house she is thrown into a lifevery far from her own. And during a few summerweeks, the family father Steffen and his teenage daughter Ida find themselvescompeting in a way nobody could have predicted.

10/04 – Detained

A documentary that focuses on the Swedish Migration Board’s secure detention centre in which people are deprived of their liberty while awaiting deportation. With unique access to a place shrouded in secrecy, the film presents a drama of our times both from the point of view of the staff and the migrants themselves.

17/04 – Viskan Miracles

Bjarne and Malin live on the banks of the Ljungan. Bjarne’s father-in-law Halvar lives on the other side of the river. They have never seen eye to eye. The now 20-year-long conflict is based on class antagonisms, past words and inheritance issues regarding a firm of haulage contractors, for instance. One unlucky day, Malin crosses the river to persuade Halvar to guarantee a loan Bjarne wants to take out.

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Emma Vestrheim

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.