Two Nordic films have been selected to screen in the World Cinema section at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival. The festival runs from the 21st of February until the 4th of March, and you can view the festival website here.
The first of those two films is Iram Haq’s What Will People Say, which has had a successful festival run as well as Norwegian domestic release. The film revolves around Nisha, a Norwegian-raised teenager of Pakistani descent who navigates typical school life with the traditional values of her kind-hearted but strict father. After being caught with a boyfriend, her enraged father sends her to Pakistan to live with other family members in a bid to make her conform to their values. She’s forced to adapt to a different culture in this powerful story. (view festival link here)
Next up is the Icelandic black comedy Under the Tree, which has also seen festival success around the world, and was voted Favourite Nordic Film in the 2017 Cinema Scandinavia Awards. Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, the film starts with An unfortunate disagreement between next-door neighbours that goes violently out of control. The movie simmers ostensibly around a long-running spat between two neighbours in the suburbs in Reykjavik, where one has a large tree that casts a shadow on the other’s home. But we learn there are stories behind the feud and conflicts within the characters. A uniformly excellent cast perfectly tread the line between comedy and drama, making the most of a note-perfect script. (view festival link here)