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Scandinavian Eco-cinema: An Introduction

“Nature is […] a common source for myths and beliefs all over the world […] but for Scandinavian people and life in Scandinavia, nature has a special meaning. The wilderness and its woods and lakes are in particular regarded as a utopia of abundance and power. It should be noted that within fantasy, nature is almost always a positive element. Occasionally, it may show itself to be dangerous, even in fiction, but that is because it must guard itself against intruders.”

– Tytti Soila, Nordic National Cinemas

The centrality of nature . . .

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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.