The Nordic films heading to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The full line-up of the Karlovy International Film Festival has been announced, and luckily for us it includes heaps of Nordic films. Located in the Czech Republic, the festival is the largest in the country and is regarded as one of the oldest A-list film festivals in the world. The festival takes place between the 3rd and the 11th of June 2015.

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  • Bridgend / dir. Jeppe Rønde / section: Another View / Trailer

The Virgin Suicides meets Nordic crime drama. Set within the shifting contours of a film about growing up, the provocatively ambiguous genre of the feature debut Bridgend marries mysticism to the punch of a procedural TV series. The topic of “investigation” is at the same time unexpectedly evanescent – like the mysterious energy defining “youth.”

  • Gold Coast / dir. Daniel Dencik / section: Official Competition / Trailer

Young anti-colonial idealist Wulff leaves for Danish Guinea to set up a coffee plantation but not everything goes according to plan. This bold contribution to the historical film genre casts light on a dark chapter of European history, employing the music of Angelo Badalamenti to help shift the experience into a dreamlike trip that partakes in equal measure of lyric poetry and a horrifying nightmare.

  • Sleeping District / Tinne Zenner / section: Imagina / Trailer

A silent film that speaks with eloquence. Composed into attractive images, this excursion to the empty apartments of Moscow’s enormous prefab housing complexes invites us to contemplate the things that form our memories of the places in which we live.


  • Rams / dir. Grímur Hákonarson / section: Horizons / Trailer

They haven’t spoken for 40 years but when the law compels them to slaughter a herd of beloved sheep they simply have to face up to one another. Grímur Hákonarson’s second movie Rams, a comedy about two brothers living in the wilds of Iceland, was victorious at this year’s Cannes festival in the progressive Un Certain Regard section.

  • Virgin Mountain / Dagur Kári / section: Another View / Trailer

Fúsi is a mountain of a man. Fúsi is a loner and an outsider – until he meets trash collector Sjofn at a dance course. A love story about people on the fringes of society from Icelandic director Dagur Kári, thrice awarded at New York’s Tribeca festival.

  • Chum / dir. Jörundur Ragnarsson / section: Prague Short Film Festival Presents / Trailer

Two 60-something bachelors, Uggi and Kiddi, work together at sea and also like relaxing in a hot tub. Rosa, a beautiful women their age, appears by the pool one day and disturbs their marriage-like routine. Kiddi has a brilliant idea to invite her to Uggi’s birthday party. Their friendship is suddenly at stake.… Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Prague Short Film Festival.


  • Bird Hearts / dir. Halfdan Ullmann Tønde / section: Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers To Follow / Trailer

Just prior to his birthday, 25-year-old Benjamin faces a plethora of internal doubts. He is unsure of the arrival of his younger, more successful brother, and even his girlfriend deepens his insecurity by relating the story of her most erotic encounter ever – and it wasn’t with him.… A sensitive movie about a small life crisis that anyone might go through as a birthday approaches.

  • The Disappearing Illusionist / dir. Bobbie Peers / section: Another View / Trailer

German illusionist Dirk Ohm gets mixed up in the search for a lost girl in northern Norway. While the inhabitants are combing the surrounding area, he envisions the girl in his fantasies and gradually falls in love with her. A film about human loneliness and about an illusion that may be stronger than reality.


  • All We Share / dir. Jerry Carlsson / section: Future Frames: Ten Filmmakers To Follow / Trailer

One day two arborists are hired to perform a seemingly ridiculous task: to cut down a perfectly healthy tree in a family’s backyard. What’s behind this urgent need to get rid of it as soon as possible? The answer to this question is hidden in the homeowners’ strange behavior and in their inability to talk about the real reason.

  • Guerilla / dir. Anders Hazelius / section: Forum of Independents

Young Adam has lost his girlfriend (the mother of his child) but he’d like to win her back. In order to banish his feelings of emptiness, he agrees to help with a controversial project. A love story set in Stockholm during the filming of a feminist movie.

  • The Here After / dir. Magnus von Horn / section: Another View / Trailer

Making its way from Cannes to Karlovy Vary, the Swedish director’s debut takes as its focus of interest a taciturn young man named John, who returns to his hometown accompanied by his father after spending time away. Refined stager von Horn provokes his audience by carefully meting out his clues, leading to the revelation of a mystery that is causing everyone around to react with hostility to John’s return.

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.