The Nordic films screening at the Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival 2018

The Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival has announced its 2018 programme, with a number of new Nordic films screening in the festival.

From Norway, the romantic comedy Staying Alive will screen. Starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen, the film follows Håkon and his partner Marianne, who have been in a happy relationship for fifteen years and have two children together. However, Marianne discovers that Håkon is having an affair with the young Frida. Now, Marianne must try and start a new life in which she learns to have fun. View the film on the festival website here. 

The Finnish film screening is Miami, a neon-lit drama of two sisters who perform dance routines in dodgy bars in order to repay a debt to a loan shark. The young Anna lives a simple life, yet it all changes when she finds her estranged sister Angela, who is an exotic dancer. Angela encourages Anna to come and perform with her to help pay back a debt and Anna, desperate to form a relationship with her only living family member, decides to go along. View the film on the festival website here. 

The Danish film selected is Michael Noer’s Key House Mirror, which follows 76-year-old Lily who is forced to live in a car home because of her husband Max, who has suffered a number of strokes and is now in a vegetative state. Lily, struggling with her new environment, finds comfort in her 80-year-old Swedish neighbour, who gives her the attention she has long missed. View the film on the festival website here. 

The Icelandic selection is festival favourite Heartstone, which is a coming-of-age story about two boys over the course of a summer in the remote Icelandic countryside. Thor and Christian are close friends, and the two bond over their shared struggles. However, one starts to fall in love with one of the local girls, and the other boy realises he has feelings for his best friends. The two are soon faced with the harsh realities of their relationship. View the film on the festival website here. 

Lastly, from Sweden we have Eternal Summer. After a one-night stand, Em and Isak embark on a spontaneous road trip through Northern Sweden with a plan to steal a cello for Em’s sister. As the two travel, their troubled backgrounds are revealed and their trip becomes more sinister. View the film on the festival website here. 

The Bright Nights Baltic-Nordic Film Festival takes place between the 9th and 18th of March in Montreal, Canada. You can view the festivals website here. 

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.