The Nordic films at the Les Arcs Film Festival

The Les Arcs European Film Festival takes place between the 10th and 17th of December, and features several major Nordic films and documentaries.

Here are the Nordic films screening:

Official competition

Pyromaniac (Pyromanen)

Norway, 2016

A flame lights up the darkness of a peaceful village. A pyromaniac ignites his first fire. More fires break out and the community panics. An inferno lurks under the surface as a local policeman uncovers the unthinkable truth, the pyromaniac isn´t a stranger, he´s a village fireman.


The Commune (Kollektivet)

Denmark, 2015

In the 70’s, in Denmark, Erik, architecture teacher, Anna, TV journalist, and their 14 years old daugther, Freja, settle down in a villa of a posh neighbourhood of Copenhaguen where they decide to give a try to community life. They invite friends and new acquaintances to join the experience of community where all the rules and decisions are taken collegially and put to the vote. If their community encourage friendship, love and group intimacy, a love affair between Erik and one of his student will trouble the life of them all.

The Oath (Eidurinn)

Iceland, 2016


The Giant (Jätten)

Sweden, 2016

Ricard, 30-year-old, suffers from a birth deformity. Sometimes, he escapes into an imaginary world where he turns into an all-powerful giant. In his day-to-day life, he is passionate about French bowls. One day, he is unfairly excluded from the club by his fellow players. But he will do anything to win back his place.

Youth screenings

Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu)

Finland, 2016

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.

Snow Frayeurs


Norway, 2016

A group of former military elites sets out to explore an uncharted abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground.

Dans la forêt

France, Sweden, 2016

Tom and his big brother Benjamin travel to Stockholm to spend the summer with their father, whom they have barely seen since he divorced their mother. Tom, in particular, knows next to nothing about this strange, solitary man. When he suggests that they spend a few days at his cabin in the countryside, the boys are delighted, but when they get there, they quickly grow uneasy.



Norway, 2015


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.