T

The Nordic films screening at Scanorama 2017

Festival information

Who? Scanorama

What? A film festival that focuses on Scandinavian cinema

When? 9 – 26 November 2017

Where? Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai in Lithuania

Browse the films below. Click on the titles to learn more about each film.

Denmark

You Disappear [+]

Directed by Peter Schønau Fog [+]

A principal at a private school, Frederik Halling, is happily married and adores his job. During a vacation he begins acting erratically and when he’s abruptly hospitalized, the family is confronted with life-changing news: Frederik’s odd behaviour may have been caused by a brain tumour. After he returns home, Frederik’s employer confronts him with a string of questionable investments that suggest his illness may have been affecting his behaviour for much longer than anyone realized.

Festival Link

Word of God [+]

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz [+]

Uffe is his family’s patriarch psychologist and self-appointed God, who rules the roost in his dressing gown and underwear. Changes threaten the peace when Uffe realises he’s terminally ill and decides to write his memoirs. The family home is suddenly filled with Uffe’s loyal patients offering him moral support and drunken companionship. But for his sons to break free of their father’s tyrannical rule and grow up will require a final, inevitable showdown with “God”.

Festival Link

Three Things [+]

Directed by Jens Dahl [+]

Mikael is an expert on explosives and the prime suspect of a big money deposit robbery. The police are negotiating with him the terms of a witness protection deal. In order to agree to the deal Mikael demands three things: that his former girlfriend is brought to him, that the police bring the contents of a box he has stored, and that he is served butter chicken from his favourite restaurant. The police, under heavy time pressure, agree.

Festival Link

A Horrible Woman [+]

Directed by Christian Tafdrup [+]

When Rasmus meets Marie, he is certain that he has finally met the love of his life. Soon, however, Marie shows herself to be a possessive and manipulative creature, intent on cunningly taking Rasmus apart. This is the story about a dominant woman, as seen through the eyes of a man.

Festival Link

Finland

Euthanizer [+]

Directed by Teemu Nikki

Veijo is a lonesome car mechanic running a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing — and sometimes just unwanted — pets. It’s not a wealthy region, and the local veterinarian charges far more than most can afford. From the outset, it’s clear that our hero has dark secrets, but it’s only when he meets a young nurse and a seedy garage mechanic that Veijo’s carefully balanced, albeit deranged, life begins to show cracks.

Festival Link

Miami [+]

Directed by Zaida Bergroth [+]

Two sisters, Angela and Anna, grow separately. The older sister is a dancer, the younger lives in a small town working in sales. When their father dies, Anna finds Angela. The fascinating Angela asks the timid Anna to accompany her on tour. Trouble from Angela’s past catches up to them and the sisters’ love is put to the test.

Festival Link

Iceland

The Swan [+]

Directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir [+]

In contemporary rural Iceland, a wayward 9-year old girl, Sól, is sent to distant countryside relatives for a summer to work and to mature. Nature seems endless there, the animals soulful but the people harsh. All except the mysterious farmhand Jón, who – as Sól herself – likes words better than people. But the farmers’ daughter Ásta has a claim on Jón as well, and soon Sól becomes entangled in a drama she hardly can grasp.

Festival Link

The Oath [+]

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur [+]

Finnur is a successful heart surgeon and father of two. When his daughter, Anna, gets mixed up with a manipulative, drug-dealing boyfriend, his family life begins to unravel. And as the boyfriend’s grip tightens around Anna and the entire family, he feels he is forced to take drastic measures.

Festival Link

Norway

The Rules for Everything [+]

Directed by Kim Hiorthøy

10-year old Storm tries to figure out how everything is connected – from the serendipitous nature of atoms to the complexity of human life. But her world spins out of control when her father suddenly dies in a traffic accident. While her mother fills her emptiness with a self-help guru, Storm makes her own set of rules, that allows her to come to terms with her father’s death. This emotionally challenging story about human fear and shortcomings becomes lighthearted through Hiorthøy´s playful use of visual expression and storytelling.

Festival Link

Disappearance [+]

Directed by Boudewijn Koole [+]

Roos visits her mother in Norway yearly, but this time it’s different: she brings a bad news. At first, old pain and numerous reproaches keep Roos from sharing anything with her mother. With the help of her half-brother and an old love, the two women eventually reconcile and Roos is ready to take her next and inescapable step.

Festival Link

From the Balcony [+]

Directed by Ole Giæver [+]

What if you would take a break from the rollercoaster called life and just sit and ask yourself: how did I get here? And how do you keep going, even if you know that at some point the sun will burn out and everything around you will be gone forever? Blending brutally honest admissions, meditative reflections and a portion of humour Ole Giæver takes us on an expedition to plumb the depths of human existence.

Festival Link

Thelma [+]

Directed by Joachim Trier [+]

Thelma, a timid young woman, leaves her rural home to study in Oslo. There, she finds love for the first time. But her relationship is complicated by her family’s oppressive meddling, their seeming fundamentalist religious beliefs, and, possibly, her unique ability to shape and affect her environment. When Thelma is upset or agitated, strange things seem to happen.

Festival Link

The King’s Choice [+]

Directed by Erik Poppe [+]

On 9 April 1940 the German army invades Norway without having declared war. The Norwegians’ conviction that their consistently neutral policies would protect them from Hitler’s aggressive plans has proved to be a grave mistake. But the Norwegian royal family refuses to bend to the will of the Germans. Erik Poppe’s impressive historical epic is an anthem to those who exhibit pride, dignity and courage in the face of oppressive political circumstances.

Festival Link

Handle With Care [+]

Directed by Arild Andresen

Kjetil, a Norwegian offshore worker is a recent widower, now left alone to take care of his adopted son, Daniel. Unable to deal with his single parent role, Kjetil decides to bring Daniel back to Colombia, where a taxi driver helps him look for the biological mother.

Festival Link

Framing Mom [+]

Directed by Sara Johnsen [+]

In the middle of her wedding reception, the doubtful bride Unn Tove finds a newborn baby girl abandoned in the hotel restroom. She turns her over to Child Services. 16 years later, a young and energetic girl shows up at her doorstep. It’s Rosemari, the baby from the wedding. Together they start investigating the circumstances leading to Rosemari’s’s birth.

Festival Link

Sweden

The Square [+]

Directed by Ruben Östlund [+]

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passerby to altruism. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideas: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.

Festival Link

The Nile Hilton Incident [+]

Directed by Tarik Saleh [+]

Cairo police detective Noredin Mustafa is an ordinary corrupt cop. He’s handed the case of a singer found murdered in a Nile Hilton hotel room and soon discovers the dead woman’s secret relationship with the hotel owner—a wealthy developer and member of parliament. While searching for the only witness, he’s abruptly ordered to close the case. But Noredin continues, and the investigation leads to an “untouchable” elite who runs the country, immune from justice.

Festival Link

The Ex-Wife [+]

Directed by Katja Wik [+]

The girlfriend Klara has recently fallen in love and wants nothing more than to hang out with her boyfriend. The mother-of-two Anna clocks how long it takes for her husband to cook baby formula. The ex-wife Vera can’t let go of her ex-husband. The feature-film debuting Katja Wik presents a squib right on the money about women’s tendency to, both consciously and unconsciously, limit themselves in their close relationships of two.

Festival Link

Strawberry Days [+]

Directed by Wiktor Ericsson [+]

15-year-old Wojtek travels to Sweden from Poland with his parents to work on a farm picking strawberries. He encounters a dark underworld where foreign guest workers are exploited by indifferent Swedes. Against all odds, he forms a connection with the farmer’s daughter, Anneli. But the outside world will never accept the relationship, and in the end, the two young lovers find themselves trapped on opposite sides of a conflict.

Festival Link

Garden Lane [+]

Directed by Olof Spaak [+]

Eric and Elin meet as adults at a funeral and relive the dark, magical summer when they met for the first time. They were just kids then, and their parents, Linda and Peter, were both drug addicts. For a few crazy, violent and beautiful months they all lived together as a family. As they find their way back to each other as adults, they must face their past in search of a better future.

Festival Link

Beyond Dreams [+]

Directed by Rojda Sekersöz [+]

After serving her first prison for a failed robbery Mirja had been without the gang and their rules. She returns home and brutally finds out that her mother is very sick and demanding. Mirja has to find a job otherwise she will through her out. In her ambition to handle the situation, Mirja begins to live a double life between the family and the gang.

Festival Link

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.