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The Nordic films screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2018

The first round of films screening at the Sundance Film Festival have been announced, with a total of six Nordic films set to screen – a new record!

Two Nordic films will screen in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition, which this year saw Iceland’s And Breathe Normally and Denmark’s The Guilty screen. The first is Queen of Hearts, which stars Trine Dyrholm as a woman who jeopardises both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson. The Danish release will be in March 2019.

The second film screening is Koko-di koko-da, which comes from Johannes Nyholm. His new film tells the story of a couple trying to find their way back to each other, and who enounter in the woods a sideshow artist and his shady entourage. This entourage terrorist them and lure them into a deeper maelstrom of psychological terror and slapstick. The Swedish release will be in 2019.

Queen of Hearts opens March 2019 in Denmark. 

In the World Cinema Documentary Competition, three Nordic documentaries will screen. The first is Cold Case Hammarskjold, which combines Danish director Mads Brugger with Swedish private investigator Goran Bjorkdahl to try and sold the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjold, who lost his life in a mysterious plane crash in 1961 in Africa.

The second documentary is Finland’s The Magic Life of V, which follows Veera, a young woman haunted by childhood traumas, who tries to become independent through roleplaying. She guides herself and her mentally-challenged brother through different roles and identities as she finds the courage to face the demons of her past and her abusive father’s legacy.

The third documentary is Stieg Larsson, The Man Who Played With Fire, which tells of the Millennium-trilogy author and his pioneering work of fighting right wing extremists and neo-Nazis.

In the category for highly anticipated narrative films, the US remake of Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding will screen, as will Norway’s Sonja – The White Swan. Directed by Anne Sewitsky, this biopic tells the true story of Sonja Hennie, one of the world’s greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating. In the 1930s she went to Hollywood, sacrificing everything to stay in the spotlight. The Norwegian premiere will be the 25th of December 2018.

 

Sundance’s category for highly anticipated narrative films has 28 titles including the US remake of Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding directed by Bart Freundlich, the Norwegian biopic Sonja, The White Swan and German film Sunlit Night, co-produced by Norway’s Ape & Björn.

Sonja-The White Swan will be Anne Sewitsky’s third Sundance attendance. Her debut film Happy, Happy won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize in 2011 and Homesick was in the World Dramatic competition in 2014.  The film tells the true story of Sonja Henie, one of the world’s greatest athletes and the inventor of modern figure skating, who took Hollywood by storm in the 1930s, sacrificing everything to stay in the spotlight. In the title role is Ine Marie Wilmann.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place from the 24th of January until the 3rd of February in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

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