Scandinavian films at the Tokyo International Film Festival

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival has announced its programme for 2016, and among the lineup are popular Scandinavian films that have been circulating festivals throughout the year.

The Tokyo International Film Festival takes place between the 25th of October and 3rd of November.

Here are the films screening:

Sami Blood

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Section: Official Competition

Directed by Amanda Kernell

Asian premiere

In the 1930s, the Sami, indigenous to the Swedish mountains, were subjected to discrimination. Refusing to accept this fate, a young girl sets out to change her life. This moving drama, made by a Swedish Sami director, is set in stunning Lapland.


The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

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Section: World Focus

Directed by Juho Kuosmanen

Japanese premiere

Summer of 1962. Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. All he has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.



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Section: TIFF Teens

Directed by Beata Gårdeler

Japanese premiere

When 14-year-old Jennifer claims to have been raped by her classmate, people are convinced that she is lying. Evidence and decisions of court mean nothing to people who lay down their own rules and laws.


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.