The September issue of Cinema Scandinavia is here!

Welcome to issue 15!

In this issue, we continue to bring you the latest in Nordic film and television straight from Scandinavia. We reveal new details about Nordic television dramas, bring you all the new films from the Norwegian International Film Festival, and speak to industry-leading professionals about what makes Nordic film and television so unique.

Our cover features one of the most anticipated Norwegian films of the year, The Lion Woman. We spoke to the original author of the novel, Erik Fosnes Hansen, and spoke to the big-name cast members including Rolf Lassgård.


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Here’s what comes in the latest issue

The Norwegian International Film Festival

We are on the ground at the largest film festival in Norway, the Norwegian International Film Festival. After an introduction to the festival we have an in-depth interview with the cast and writer of The Lion Woman, the opening film of the festival. The interview reveals the complexities and themes of such a unique tale, as well as how the actors worked with a literary adaptation.

Next up, we speak to Nina Laurio, one of the big producers in Finland right now. She tells us about her new film, Off the Map, which she also wrote. A female-driven road movie about love, relationships and motherhood, Off the Map is one of the funniest films you’ll see this year and Nina Laurio tells us what makes the Finns so good with humour.

Insight: Sparrows and the Reykjavik International Film Festival


Cinema Scandinavia speaks to leading industry figures about their work. First off, we speak to Runar Runarrson who is continuing, almost a year later, his festival run with the hugely successful Sparrows. We ask Runar about the very Icelandic themes found in Sparrows, plus the role of women in Icelandic film and what it’s like growing up rural.

Also included is an interview with Hrönn Marinósdóttir, the festival director of the Reykjavik International Film Festival. We speak to her about Iceland’s role abroad as well as what interests her about international film.

The Legacy 3: Denmark’s most complex family returns

We sat down with the incredibly humble and well-loved Danish actress, Trine Dyrholm, to talk about her directing role in the third season of The Legacy as well as her involvement in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune.

Love political drama television? Norway has you covered

Premiering this month is the widely anticipated Norwegian series Nobel. We spoke to the films lead actor and current international star, Aksel Hennie, about the themes this series covers, including war, foreign politics and the Nobel Prize.

The latest Nordic films and documentaries

In the back half of our magazine are a ton of new reviews and interviews that will keep you in the loop with Nordic film. Here they are:

  • Cave – the latest film from Norwegian up and comer Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. The closing film of the Norwegian International Film Festival
  • Child Eater – a short-turned-feature by a new Icelandic director making it big in the USA. Includes an interview with the director, Erlingur Thoroddsen
  • Devil’s Bride – a highly anticipated historical tale of witchcraft on the Åland Islands. Includes an interview with the director, Saara Cantell. 
  • Fragility – an intimate documentary about the complexities of depression by Swedish documentary maker Ahang Bashi. Includes an interview with Ahang. 
  • Framing Mom – an interview with the director, Sara Johnsen, about the newly premiered Norwegian comedy/drama.
  • The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki – the Un Certain Regard winning Finnish film about to have its local release.
  • The Islands and the Whales – a documentary set in the Faroe Islands about the issue of whaling in the community and around the world.
  • The Lion Woman – the Norwegian film that follows the story of a girl born with hair all over her body.
  • Magnus – a Norwegian documentary about the world’s number one chess player, Magnus Carlsen.
  • Off the Map – a Finnish road movie that explores themes of motherhood.
  • Satisfaction 1720 – a historical comedy starring Jakob Oftebro

Last but not least

Cinema Scandinavia, as always, includes the latest festival information, new premieres happening around the world, and news straight from Scandinavia.


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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.