The Scandinavian Films Heading to Tribeca

Broken Hill Blues
Broken Hill Blues

2015 is in full swing, with film festival after film festival being announced. Just yesterday we told you the films heading to SXSW, and today we are excited to see a list of Scandinavian films that will be at Tribeca. The Tribeca film festival is held in New York, and aims at bring films from all over the world to a wide audience.

Here are the Scandinavian films at the festival:


Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary

Lego have captured imaginations for generations, and today, the community of builders is bigger than ever: Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) display their latest creations at Brick Conventions, self-proclaimed Master Builders create entire worlds out of the modular bricks, and a corporate design team plans the Times Square unveiling of the largest LEGO model ever created. Directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge and Oscar- nominee Kief Davidson, Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick , its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up around the world. Junge and Davidson’s delightful survey of boundless and surprising creativity will inspire audiences of all ages rediscover their inner child.


Young Alfred is dying, but through the stories about a magical fantasy world told by the hospital’s eccentric janitor, Enzo, he regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven.


I Won’t Come Back

Anya, an aloof and love-spurned graduate student, is on the run from the police when she encounters young Kristina, a precocious orphan determined to find the only family she has left. When Kristina offers Anya a solution to her desperate situation, Anya reluctantly agrees. The unlikely pair embark on a harrowing and unpredictable odyssey hitchhiking across the intimidating terrain of Russia. Director Ilmar Raag gorgeously showcases the vast landscapes of the region while capturing the raw emotional dynamic between the characters. Newcomer Vika Lobacheva delivers an unforgettable performance as the loyal, sprite-like Kristina. I Won’t Come Back is a visceral look at survival and a heartfelt exploration into the depths of friendship and the meaning of acceptance.


A man drags his girlfriend to the hospital for an abortion, but while sitting in a waiting room, he meets a girl who just might change his mind. A short and sharp comedy with a poignant edge.

Love and Engineering

Is there an algorithm for love? Atanas, a Bulgarian engineer living in Finland, thinks he has an answer—he’s found a wife for himself, after all—and he wants to share his findings with some of his geeky bachelor friends. Together they carry out a series of experiments to crack the code and develop a new, scientific approach to romance. But when date conversation keeps turning to the latest PC games and heavy metal music, it’s clear that Atanas has his work cut out for him. Directed by Tonislav Hristov, this charming and lighthearted documentary follows Atanas and his band of eager test subjects as they research pheromones, chart brain waves, and try out “hacks” on blind dates in their quest to find love in the modern world.



A true story of a kayaker who sails through the fjords of Iceland and stumbles upon a skerry. He decides to port there and soon realizes that perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea.


In Order of Disappearance

Upstanding community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgaard) has just won an award for “Citizen of the Year” when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, uncovering connections between the death and an ongoing turf dispute between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as “The Count.” Soon Nils’ relatively modest quest for vengeance puts him at the center of an escalating underworld gang war.

With a pitch-black sense of humor and a snowballing body count, director Hans Petter Moland depicts Nils’ righteous vengeance spiraling out of control with style, humor, and surprise, delivering an entertaining and intelligent action-thriller set in the dead of frozen Norwegian winter.


Broken Hill Blues

A group of adolescents wrestle with their uncertain futures in a remote mining town that’s literally cracking underneath their feet. Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden, sits above an iron ore mine that has been slowly eroding the land around it for decades. Soon, Kiruna and everyone in it will have to move, but to where they do not know. As the displaced teenagers linger on the cusp of adulthood, they echo the town’s own fragility in this beautiful and understated film. Marking the arrival of a truly original voice, first-time director Sofia Norlin’s vivid and timely portrait starring Lina Leandersson (Let the Right One In), is yet another shining example in the rising wave in Swedish cinema.

Something Must Break

When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. As they weave through Stockholm’s back streets and forgotten parks, shoplifting beer from a 7-Eleven, and dancing the tango on an abandoned rooftop, their intoxicating connection takes hold. While Sebastian defies gender norms—flouting convention in his androgynous fluidity—straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to another man, as their relationship progresses. Struggling with his identity, Sebastian becomes increasingly determined to become “Ellie,” even if it means walking away from Andreas. Brimming with raw electricity, director Ester Martin Bergsmark’s mesmerizing film captures the intimacy of its subjects with an intensity and charge that is simultaneously transgressive and deeply romantic.



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.