It’s been a good year for Nordic film in Australia, and with the Melbourne International Film Festival announcing its program yesterday, Nordic film fans can rejoice once again. The Sydney Film Festival gave us such greats as A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and the Scandinavian Film Festival brought all the greats down under, and now MIFF will be screening even more contemporary films that are winning awards world-wide.
For us, the definite highlight will be Joachim Trier’s English debut Louder Than Bombs, which has just come from the Cannes Film Festival. Other highlights include the documentary that is winning everywhere, The Look of Silence, and the incredibly successful 1001 Grams.
Here are the Nordic films heading to MIFF:
- Democrats (dir. Camilla Nielsson): In politically unstable Zimbabwe, a new constitution is being put together by the ruling party of strongman Robert Mugabe and the divided opposition. Various political, local and personal interests are bogging the process down.
- Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (dir. Christian Braad Thomsen)
- Good Things Await (dir. Phie Ambo) [read our review]: Niels is one the last idealistic farmers in Denmark. He makes some of the worlds finest products. But Niels’s way of farming in accordance with the planets and the primal instinct’s of the animals are not popular with the authorities.
- The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer) [read our review]: A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.
- My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (dir. Liv Corfixen): Liv Corfixen documents her husband, filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, during the production and release of his movie Only God Forgives (2013) [watch trailer]
- Speed Sisters (dir. Amber Fares): The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They’re bold. They’re fearless. And they’re tearing up tracks all over Palestine.
- 1001 Grams (dir. Bent Hamer) [read our review]: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale. [watch trailer]
- Louder Than Bombs (dir. Joachim Trier): The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer. [watch trailer]
- Sunshine Superman (dir. Marah Strauch): A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight.
- Bikes vs Cars (dir. Fredrik Gertten): Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: Climate, earth’s resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic. [watch trailer]
- Foodies (dir. Henrik Stockare, Thomas Jackson Charlotte Landelius)
- My Skinny Sister (dir. Sanna Lenken): Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal. [watch trailer]