The new Nordic films being presented in Haugesund

With the Norwegian International Film Festival beginning at the end of this week in Haugesund, a new batch of Nordic films are due to be presented at the industry event titled ‘New Nordic Films’.

One of the major industry sessions is Works in Progress, which will present twenty titles, including seven experimental films, all competing for the €50,000 Eurimages Lab Project Award.

Among the lineup, we have Ole Bornedal‘s Så længe jeg lever (The Way to Manderlay in English)which is due for release on the 2nd of November this year. The film is the story of one of Denmark’s greatest musicians, John Mogensen, his success and failure throughout life as an artist, husband and father – from childhood, through his time in Four Jacks to his late success as a solo artist until his death in 1977. The film stars Caspar Phillipson and Peter Mygind, with Rasmus Bjerg as Morgensen. The Way to Manderlay is produced by Miso Film, and you can find out more here.

From Finland, we have The Guardian Angel, directed by Arto Halonen. The film takes place during the most incredible series of hypnosis crimes in history, and an investigator and hypnotist are sent to solve the crime. The film stars Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), Josh Lucas, and Rade Serbedzija. No release date is yet to be announced, but it will be some time in 2018.  There’s a whole website ready for the film, which you can view here.

In Iceland, one of the New Nordic Films is Mihkel, directed by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon for Truenorth. Described as ‘Scandi Noir’, the film is based on a true story that happened ten years ago. It tells the story of Mihkel, a man from Estonia, dreams of a better life for himself and his girlfriend Vera.  His childhood friend Igor is already in Iceland but he betrays Mihkel who is forced to swallow and smuggle drugs to the country through Saint Petersburg. Events take an unexpected turn when Mihkel dies a painful death and Igor along with his two Icelandic companions needs to get rid of the body. Mihkel stars Tómas Lemarquis, Atli Rafn Sigurðsson and Pääru Oja.

Lastly from Sweden is the film Ted – Show Me Love, which is directed by Hannes Holm (A Man Called Ove). The film is about the life of Swedish pop star Ted Gäderstad and stars Adam Pålsson, Ala Riani, and Angelina Håkansson.

You can view the full list of New Nordic Films below. We’ll be covering the Norwegian International Film Festival.


  • C4* by Kasper Skovsbøl
  • Holiday by Isabella Eklöf
  • The Return* by Malene Choi
  • The Way to Mandalay by Ole Bornedal
  • Wildwitch by Kasper Munk


  • The Guardian Angel by Arto Halonen
  • Impaled Rektum by Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio
  • The Violin Player by Paavo Westerberg


  • Alma by Kristín Jóhannesdóttir
  • Mihkel by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon
  • Ploey: You Never Fly Alone by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson


  • The Second Sex* by Katja Eyde Jacobsen
  • The Tower* by Mats Grorud
  • Norske Byggeklosser by Arild Fröhlich
  • Los Bando Immortale by Christian Lo
  • History of Love by Sonja Prosenc


  • Ted-Show Me Love by Hannes Holm
  • Ridge* by John Skoog

Info: Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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.