The Nordic films screening at SXSW 2018

About the festival

SXSW is a music, film and arts festival held in Austin, Texas. Film screenings will be held over a period of 9 days between the 9th and 17th of March.

Featuring a high caliber and diverse film lineup, programming ranges from independent films by new filmmakers to Hollywood comedies and genre standouts.

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

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Screening in Narrative Feature

Directed by Annika Berg

Team Hurricane – Radical Girls in an Ordinary World is a punk chick flick that mixes documentary material with highly stylized fiction.
Over the course of one Danish summer, eight teenage girls comes to realise that they need each other in order to ride out the storm of hurricane season that is adolescence.

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Short film

Directed by Réka Bucsi

Screening in Animated Shorts

Solar Walk shows the journey of individuals and their creations. Any meaning of action is only existent from the perspective of the individual, but never mandatory when looking at it from the perspective of a solar system. It’s about the melancholy of accepting chaos as beautiful and cosmic. The only time someone truly can feel their actions matter, is by creation or by caring for someone else. Passion for creation is projected through the unique and playful texture of the animation craft itself.

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Web series

Directed by Natalia Anna Ciepiel, Alexander Ohrt

Screening in Independent Episodics

Terrorized by an unbearable sound a group of teenagers commit suicide in the habour of Nuuk. After being declared dead, Ivik, awakes again. As the phenomenon returns to haunt the young population of Nuuk, Ivik sets out to find the nature of the sound.

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Directed by Jukka Vidgren, Juuso Laatio

Screening in 24 Beats Per Second

Turo (25) is stuck in a small village in Northern Finland. The only glimpses of light in his life are provided by the amateur metal band, whose vocalist he is.

The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway: the head of Northern Damnation, a huge metal festival. They decide that it’s now or never. After a miserable warm-up gig Impaled Rektum breaks up just to get together again. They steal a van, a corpse and a coffin from the local cemetery, a new drummer from the local mental hospital and flee to Norway. As they are escaping Finnish police, they have to face the Norwegian Army and its notorious “Delta troppen” in order to get to play their first real gig.



Short film

Directed by Jonatan Etzler

Screening in Narrative Shorts Competition

A couple wakes up in bed together; they start making out and he wants to take things further, but she’s not in the mood. A passing joke about paying for her to change her mind turns serious and afterwards, they have a hard time coming to terms with how this has changed their relationship. In »Intercourse«, director Jonatan Etzler holds up a mirror to the skewed power structures in our society and how they can affect our most intimate relationships and our ability to talk about them.

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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.