Scandinavians have been telling stories throughout the history of time. This tradition is deep in the ancient, pagan literature of the region, with the preserved sagas first written down in medieval Iceland. The sagas, created by and for people who led extremely difficult lives, are about love, death, and war, like all great stories. Fast-forward to the twentieth century, Nordic crime fiction began evolving into complex narratives where crimes were examined in a wider context as symptoms of a damaged society, and the term ‘Nordic Noir’ became popular among fans of the genre. Many . . .

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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.