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The Nordic films screening at the Busan Film Festival 2018

Denmark

The Purity of Vengeance
Asian Premiere
Directed by Christoffer Boe

Two workmen make an alarming discovery in an older Copenhagen apartment: hidden behind a false wall are three mummified corpses, sitting around a dining table with one empty seat left. The case quickly ends up on the desk of Detective Superintendent Carl and his assistant, Assad.

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The House That Jack Built
Asian Premiere
Directed by Lars von Trier

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world.

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Circleen, Coco and the Wild Rhinoceros
Asian Premiere
Directed by Jannik Hastrup

Circleen is an elf living with a feisty painter. Together with Princess Coco from Chocoland (inside a chocolate box) and orphaned Wild Rhinoceros (a cookie box), they embark on a journey to Chocolate Land. But there are no chocolate-growing trees, and no mother rhinoceros!

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Iceland

Arctic
Asian Premiere
Directed by Joe Penna

The film follows a man stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

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Let Me Fall
Asian Premiere
Directed by Baldvin Zophoniasson

When 15-year-old Magnea meets Stella, everything changes. Stella’s no-holds-barred lifestyle drags them both into a world of drugs, which brings serious consequences for each of them and their relationship. 12 years later their paths cross again and a reckoning between them becomes unavoidable

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Mihkel
Asian Premiere
Directed by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson

Mihkel and Vera dream of moving to Iceland, a land of relative opportunity and equality. Events take an unexpected turn, however, and Mihkel ends up being betrayed by his oldest friends, Igor. An epic and biblical tragedy based on real events.

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Woman at War
Korea Premiere
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson

Halla, an independent woman in her late 40’s, declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

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Sweden

Border
Asian Premiere
Directed by Ali Abbasi

Tina is a border guard. One day, a suspicious-looking man steps off the ferry. Unable to identify what he’s hiding, she becomes obsessed with him. Her investigation reveals much more than expected, and she is soon forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

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The Tower
Asian Premiere
Directed by Mats Grorud

Eleven-year-old Warda’s great-grandfather leaves behind a will suggesting looking to the past to find the future. Searching the house, Warda finds out about her Palestinian homeland from family memories. The Tower is all the more real for its basis on interviews with Palestinian refugees.

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Gordon and Paddy
Korea Premiere
Directed by Linda Hamback

Forest police officer Gordon is about to retire, but finds a new assistant Paddy, a clever mouse with a great sense of smell. Together they must solve the case of a missing squirrel. Who is the culprit in Gordon’s last case? An exciting investigation unfolds.

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Jimmie
Korea Premiere 
Directed by Jesper Ganslandt

Four-year-old Jimmie and his father decide to leave Sweden to begin a journey to a safer country. Told from a child’s perspective, the story shows fragments of the refugee family trip. They travel on black waters, wandering along railway tracks, and rely on the kindness of strangers to reach their goal.

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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.