Seven Nordic films in the ‘Discovery’ section at Toronto

Seven Nordic films have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery Programme.

The films are:


Denmark/Iceland Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. ‘Heartstone’ is set in the beautiful but yet harsh nature of Iceland and portrays the journey of friendship and love between two young friends. As one tries to win the heart of a girl, the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.

Hunting Flies

Norway Directed by Izer Aliu. Hunting Flies is a political drama set in a classroom.

In the Blood

Denmark Directed by Rasmus Heisterberg. In the Blood portrays a group of upper-class Danes living carefree in Copenhagen.


Little Wing

Finland/Denmark Directed by Selma Vilhunen. Varpu, a 12-year-old girl, has no father and her mother acts rather like a younger sister. Her childhood turned into adulthood by force. One night, she has enough of her riding buddies, of her mother, of making up stories at each question about her father. Varpu has a stolen car and her father’s name. She decides to drive up north to reach a place where unexpected truth unravels. An ultimate burden will change forever the lives of Varpu, her mother and her father.


The Giant

Sweden/Denmark Directed by Johannes Nyholm. 30 year old Richard is autistic and disabled. To deal with the challenges of life, Richard escapes into a fantasy world where he is a 50 meter tall giant.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

Finland/Sweden Directed by Juho Kuosmanen.

Sami Blood

Sweden/Denmark/Norway Directed by Amanda Kernell. Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breading Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.




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.

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