A selection of Scandinavian films have been chosen to screen at the upcoming European Union Film Festival, which takes place in Singapore.
Each Nordic country is represented (excluding Iceland) by a popular film that has been released in the last few years. The films are:
- Land of Mine (Denmark) Taking place in May 1945 only a few days after the end of the war, the film tells the story of how a group of German prisoners of war were brought to Denmark and forced to disarm two million land mines that had been scattered along the West Coast by the German occupying forces. In charge of the enfeebled young men performing the dangerous task is Sergeant Carl Leopold Rasmussen. Like so many of his fellow Danes, he has a deep hatred for the Germans after having suffered five years of hardships during the occupation. He lets his rage rain down on the prisoners, until one day a tragic incident makes him change his view of the enemy even if it may be too late.
- The Violin Player (Finland) Finnish playwright Paavo Westerberg makes his directorial debut with this tale of musical obsession. A celebrated violin player, Karin, has to end her stellar career after a car accident stops her fingers from working their magic. She starts teaching students who are twenty years younger than her, only to find herself falling in love with Antti, one of her students. They are not an easy match, both being passionate about the music and overly ambitious about their careers. The Violin Player is a romantic drama about giving up on your dreams and letting your ambitions lead you.
- The King’s Choice (Norway) Based on the true story of three dramatic days, director Erik Poppe brings to the silver screen a small piece of history – known to few. 9 April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo, and the Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever. The important historic events that unfold contributed to setting Norway’s course in World War II.
- Superswede (Sweden) Inspired by a true story. This critically-acclaimed documentary biopic is about Swedish racing legend Ronnie Peterson, whose life ended abruptly in a violent crash on the Monza circuit in 1978, shocking the world. Alongside Ronnie’s daughter, Nina Kennedy, and several renowned figures from the racing world, SuperSwede takes the viewer on an epic journey back to a time when racing was known for its glamour, daring, heroics, big business and power, that over the course of a decade contributed to the death of more than 12 drivers.
The European Union Film Festival takes place at the National Gallery in Singapore from the 10th until the 20th of May 2018.