The Nordic films at the Toronto International Film Festival

It was only a couple weeks ago that we were stressing about Louder Than Bombs being the only film selected for Toronto – but how wrong we were!

Yesterday the FULL program for the Toronto International Film Festival came out, and it contains a ton of the best of the best in Nordic cinema. Here they are:

HorizonHorizons / Sjón­deil­darhringur

  • Country: Iceland/Denmark
  • Director: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
  • Program: TIFF Docs

“Oscar-nominated director Fridrik Thor Fridriksson directs this lovely documentary portrait of influential Icelandic landscape painter George Gudni.

louder than bombsLouder Than Bombs

  • Country: Norway/Denmark/France
  • Director: Joachim Trier
  • Premiere status: North American premiere
  • Program: Special Presentations

“An aging schoolteacher (Gabriel Byrne) grappling with the recent death of his photojournalist wife (Isabelle Huppert) attempts to reconcile with his two very different sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid), in the first English-language feature by acclaimed Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Reprise).”

Men and Chicken /Mænd og Høns

Men and Chicken

  • Country: Denmark
  • Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Premiere Status: North American premiere
  • Program: Vanguard

“Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) stars in this delirious comedy from Denmark’s Anders Thomas Jensen (The Green Butchers), about two sadsack brothers who head to a dilapidated mansion on a remote island to meet their biological father — and their three seriously eccentric siblings.”

Read our review!


Return of the AtomReturn of the Atom / Atomin paluu

  • Country: Finland/Germany
  • Director: Mika Taanila, Jussi Eerola
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Program: TIFF docs

“This incisive and often savagely funny documentary chronicles the black comedy of errors that transpired when a remote Finnish island was selected as the site of the first new nuclear power plant in the West following the Chernobyl disaster.”

Everything Will Be Fine

  • Country: Norway/Sweden/Germany/France/Canada
  • Director: Wim Wenders
  • Status: North American Premiere
  • Program: Masters

“A tragic car accident links the lives of a struggling writer (James Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (Rachel McAdams), a grieving mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and a publisher’s assistant (Marie-Josée Croze), in this intricate and beautifully shot 3D drama from master director Wim Wenders (Pina).”

Everything Will Be Fine
Everything Will Be Fine

In Toronto at the time? We recommend seeing Men and Chicken and Horizons. The first is one of our top picks for the year mainly due to the fact that everyone in Danish cinema is in it and it’s just an insane movie. The latter because Iceland is doing remarkably well this year and who doesn’t love documentary?


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.