The first Nordic films heading to the Toronto International Film Festival

The first handful of films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, with some excellent Nordic films making the list.

This year, the festival will highlight films made by women as well as films about sport.

The Swedish/British film The Wife will screen in Gala Presentations. Directed by Björn Runge, the film is based on a novel by Meg Wolitzer and tells the story of an author who travels to Stockholm to collect her Nobel Prize – and leaves her husband in the process. The film stars Jonathan Pryce, Glenn Close, and Christian Slater. Runge has previously directed Happy End and DaybreakThe Wife is produced by Tempo Productions Limited in the United Kingdom.

The Square (2017)

Next up is The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this no-holds-barred satire of the postmodern art world is about a self-important curator whose attempts to mount an ambitious exhibition go hilariously awry. (Read our interview with Ruben Östlund). The film stars Claes Bang and Elisabeth Moss and is produced by Sweden’s Plattform Produktion. The Square is screening in Special Presentations.

Thelma (2017)


Also screening in Special Presentations is Joachim Trier’s Thelma, which will also open the Norwegian International Film Festival next month. Recently moved to Oslo to attend school, a young woman falls in love and discovers that she possesses terrifying powers. Thelma stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Ellie Harboe and is produced by Motlys.

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.