Welcome back to Cinema Scandinavia for 2016! We hope you all had a wonderful break with your julebrus, mulled wine and hopefully lots of snow. We are gearing up to make the move to Bergen (two weeks to go!) and must say we have a lot in store for 2016 and our magazine.
But enough about us, 2015 was an amazing year for Nordic film. We had Rams win over twenty international film festival awards, Roy Andersson returned with A Pigeon Sat on a Branch and we all flooded the festivals for films like The Absent One, Virgin Mountain, Out of Nature and plenty more. We also were glued to the tv screens with shows like Jordskott, The Bridge 3 and The Legacy 2.
2015 seems like a tough year to beat, but so far 2016 is looking to be pretty amazing. Here’s our top movies to look forward to (hopefully around the globe) this year!
Gentlemen and Gangsters
This miniseries had a screening at the Stockholm Film Festival last November to rather positive reviews, and we got to have a look at the film Gentlemen, which ties in with the series. The series stars David Dencik (Men and Chicken) and Pernilla August (Daybreak, and follows a young writer who is hiding in his Stockholm apartment. He writes about its disappeared inhabitants, the flamboyant and charismatic Morgan brothers. The series looked incredibly cool, sophisticated, and will premiere on SVT this year.
The Swedish Theory of Love
Having had screenings at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and at the Stockholm Film Festival, we think that 2016 will see a long festival run for the documentary The Swedish Theory of Love, which was directed by Erik Gandini. Internationally Sweden is seen as a perfect society, a raw model and a symbol of the highest achievements of human progress. The Swedish Theory of Love digs into the true nature of Swedish life style, explores the existential black holes of a society that has created the most autonomous people in the world.
This film, which is due for domestic release in January, is an all-star line up that will no doubt do well around the globe. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt) and co-written by Tobias Lindholm (A War), the film stars Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Trine Dyrholm (The Legacy) and Fares Fares (The Absent One) in this film about a group of people living in a Danish commune in the 1970s. When we spoke to Lindholm he said that the film had some of the best acting that he had seen, and the hype around the film is only growing.
The Last King
Another star-studded line up, The Last King is going to be a true Norwegian epic, almost like a follow up to The Wave in terms of scope. Directed by Nils Gaup (The Kautokeino Rebellion), the film stars Jakob Oftebro (Gold Coast) and Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones) and follows the story of the Norwegian civil war in 1206. The King’s illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country’s history.
A Conspiracy of Faith
The third in the DEPARTMENT Q series (the other two being The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One), A Conspiracy of Faith is set to break as many box office records as its predecessors did. Directed by Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) and starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares, this unsolved crime is about an old note that is found in a bottle in Scotland which has travelled very long across the ocean a long time ago. The note is hard to decipher, but when the Danish investigator from Department Q gets it, the odd personalities within the section gets a new angle on it and tries to unveil yet another old and diabolic case even though the lead is cold.
Which titles are you most excited to see?