The Nordic films screening in the main slate at the New York Film Festival 2017

The main slate for the New York Film Festival has been announced, with three major Nordic films in the line-up.

First is Aki Kaurismäki‘s The Other Side of Hope, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival back in February. The film is about a poker-playing restauranteur and former travelling salesman who befriends a Syrian refugee who has just arrived in Finland. The Other Side of Hope is currently playing in cinemas in Norway and is also appearing at film festivals around the world.

Ruben Östlund‘s The Square has also been selected. The winner of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film tells the story of Christian, the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. The Square will shortly be released in cinemas around the world and is also travelling to various film festivals.

Thelma (2017)

Lastly is Joachim Trier‘s upcoming film Thelma. The film is about a woman who begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers. Thelma is about to open the Norwegian International Film Festival, and we’ll be covering the film’s premiere.

The New York Film Festival runs from the 28th of September until the 15th of October. The opening night film will be Richard Lanklater’s Last Flag Flying, and the closing night film will be Wonder Wheel by Woody Allen.


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.