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The Nordic films screening at the Adelaide Film Festival

Festival details

When? 5 – 15 October 2017

Where? Adelaide, Australia

Festival website: https://adelaidefilmfestival.org/

Denmark

Forever Now

Directed by Kristian Håskjold

After several years together, William and Cecilie break up. The same night, to treat the sorrow with love, they decide to do the drug MDMA together. For better or worse, this results in an emotional rollercoaster ride over a whole weekend as the two are isolated together in their apartment.

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Big Time

Directed by Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Bjarke Ingels has been named “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by the Wall Street Journal. Big Time follows Bjarke while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far: the skyscraper to replace the Twin Towers. The audiences are led through the personal, professional and creative pressures on this renowned Danish architect.

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Iceland

Atlantis, Iceland

Directed by Peter Hanlon

Sometimes a single image can change our lives. For Adelaide filmmaker Peter Hanlon, this life-altering image is a tiny fragment of film shot in Iceland in 1965 and featured in Chris Marker’s 1983 masterpiece Sunless. In this experimental documentary-fiction hybrid two friends visit Iceland and search for the elusive origins of the 1965 footage. Their journey brings them into contact with punk rockers, politicians and Icelandic mysticism and folklore. Presented at ADL Film Fest as a work-in-progress, this is a wild, unpredictable and fascinating ride.

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Norway

Thelma

Directed by Joachim Trier

A supernatural thriller with a deeply romantic heart, Thelma commands your attention with a heart-stopping opening sequence and never lets go. Eili Harboe delivers a star-making performance as Thelma, a young woman who moves to Oslo to study. Whilst falling in love Thelma discovers she has extraordinary and terrifying powers. Leading Norwegian director Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs) expertly balances human emotion and other-worldly suspense in this stylish and sophisticated offering.

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Thank You for the Rain

Directed by Julie Dahr

With a family of nine to support and drought destroying his crops, Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya appears to be the least likely of documentary makers. An encounter with Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr changes that. Dahr gives Musya a camera. For a year he films the devastating effects of global warming on his land and how it impacts on his family and fellow farmers. Eventually, he’s invited to speak at the Paris Climate Conference. Musya’s extraordinary story puts a memorable human face to a monumental global issue.

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Sweden

The Square

Directed by Ruben Östlund

The Square was so widely praised at Cannes that it was no surprise when it carried off the Palme d’Or. The story is based on Christian, the curator of a contemporary art museum, who is intent on thinking of himself as a decent man—after all, he drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation that invites passersby to act as though everyone truly had equal rights. But when his phone is stolen, Christian finds it difficult to live up to his ideals and all manner of strange events undermines the rarified atmosphere of the gallery. As The Guardian’s critic put it: “This movie really brings some gobsmackingly weird and outrageous spectacle, with moments of pure show-stopping freakiness…it sets out to make your jaw drop. And it succeeds.”

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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.