The Nordic films selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2018

The line-up of films selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2018 has been announced, and the international programme includes a healthy dose of Nordic cinema.

Four Nordic titles and co-productions have been selected for the World Cinema Competition. The Sundance Film Festival runs from the 18th to the 28th of January 2018, and you can view the full line-up at the Sundance Film Festival website here. 

  • And Breathe Normally, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir, follows two women whose lives intersect while trapped in unforeseen circumstances. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track. Cast: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadja, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson. (Iceland, Sweden, Belgium)
  • The Guilty [+], directed by Gustav Möller [+], follows alarm dispatcher Asger Holm who answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman; after a sudden disconnection, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to solve a crime that is far bigger than he first thought. Cast: Jakob Cedergren [+], Jessica Dinnage [+], Johan Olsen, Omar Shargawi [+]. (Denmark)
  • Holiday, directed by Isabella Eklöf, involves a love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer. (Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden)
  • The Queen of Fear, directed by Valeria Bertuccelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, is an Argentina/Denmark co-production. Only one month left until the premiere of The Golden Time, the long-awaited solo show by acclaimed actress Robertina. Far from focused on the preparations for this new production, Robertina lives in a state of continuous anxiety that turns her privileged life into an absurd and tumultuous landscape. Cast: Valeria Bertuccelli, Diego Velázquez, Gabriel Eduardo “Puma” Goity, Darío Grandinetti.



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.