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The Nordic films screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival 2018

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Edinburgh Film Festival runs from the 20th of June until the 1st of July in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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DENMARK

THE RETURN

Directed by Malene Choi Jensen (read our interview here)

An enthralling blend of fiction and documentary, Malene Choi’s emotionally absorbing film follows Danish-Korean adoptees as they head back to their native land in search of their birth parents. Denmark-raised Karoline (Karoline Sofie Lee) and Thomas (Thomas Hwan) meet at a Seoul guesthouse designed for returning Korean adoptees. As the two get to know each other, the film intercuts footage of other real-life residents dealing with the emotions that emerge from encounters with Korea, their birth parents and how this impacts their adoptive families.

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FINLAND

THICK LASHES OF LAURI MANTYVAARA (Lauri Mäntyvaaran tuuheet ripset)

Directed by Hannaleena Hauru

The feature debut of writer/director Hannaleena Hauru (and from the producers of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki), this wonderfully made film follows best friends Satu and Heidi, who preach that real love is not for sale as they sabotage posh weddings on their picturesque Finnish archipelago. When Heidi falls for ice hockey star Lauri Mäntyvaara, Satu finds herself alone. Their friendship and revolutionary notions are put to the test, as Satu must decide what she really wants.

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NORWAY

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY (Hva vil folk si)

Directed by Iram Haq (read our interview here)

The price of teenage rebellion is dramatic in writer/director Iram Haq’s autobiographical second feature. Maria Mozhdah is striking as Nisha, a teenager living in Oslo with her strict Pakistani family. Polite at home but a typical teen with her friends, Nisha’s double life collapses when she is caught bringing a boy home by her father. She’s sent to Pakistan, where she is forced to try and adapt to a country she has little association with. A thoughtful and provocative film that weaves an emotional and memorable story.

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SWEDEN

THE SEVENTH SEAL (Det sjunde inseglet)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman’s acclaimed masterpiece is a powerful medieval morality play that centres on a meeting between Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), a knight returning from the Crusades, and Death (Bengt Ekerot, white faced and dressed entirely in black). They meet on a stark beach, where Antonius tricks Death into playing a game of chess. Within the film’s famously long takes and gravitas, there are also moments of playful lustiness and even humour. A haunting, philosophical film – artistic cinema at its very best.

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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.