New Nordic Cinema
Where: Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave.
212-779-3587 Price: $10 ($7 ASF Members); Series pass: $100 ($70 ASF Members)
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New Nordic Cinema
Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
Scandinavia House brings some of the most influential Nordic films to New York audiences this spring with films from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
I Belong/Som du ser meg
February 19 & 21
Directed by Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway, 2012). I Belong is a dramedy about people who all mean well, but end up hurting one another; about how people who act on integrity and feelings are seen as troublesome in a society where the ideal is to behave rationally.
112 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles
It’s Only Make Believe/Eventyrland
February 26 & 28
Directed by Arild Østin Ommundsen (Norway, 2013). A woman goes to prison for murder. After being released back into society, she tries to create a new life for herself and her now 9-year-old daughter. But her dark past comes back to haunt her and threatens both of their lives.
91 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir/Amma Lo-fi: Kjallaraspólur Sigríðar Níelsdóttur
March 5 & 7
Directed by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson, and Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir (Iceland & Denmark, 2011). Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm, Grandma Lo-fi is a cinematic tribute to Sigríður Níelsdóttir, who started making music in her living room at age 70, recording 59 albums and becoming an Icelandic cult hero. It’s never too late to do what you love.
62 min. In Icelandic and Danish with English subtitles.
March 12 & 14
Directed by Olaf de Fleur Jóhannesson (Iceland, 2011). Set in modern day Iceland, an immigrant vows revenge after losing his unborn child in an attack by a crime syndicate, thereby binding his fate with a troubled policewoman, a corrupt police officer in love with a prostitute, and a crime kingpin who’s losing his edge.
100 min. In Icelandic, English, Serbian, and Russian with English subtitles.
Open Up to Me/Kerron sinulle kaiken
March 19 & 21
Directed by Simo Halinen (Finland, 2013). Open Up to Me is a psychological drama about sexual identity. In modern relationships nothing can be taken for granted anymore. There is no ready-made model for love. We have to create our morals. We have to draw lines, and sometimes, when our hearts tell us to, cross them.
95 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.
Stars Above/Tähtitaivas talon yllä
March 26 & 28
Directed by Saara Cantell (Finland, 2012). Full of revealing period detail, Stars Above offers a rich chronicle of the changing context of Finnish women’s lives, picturing the encounters between people and the possibilities of choices and change.
105 min. In Finnish with English subtitles.
April 2 & 4
Directed by Mikael Marcimain (Sweden, 2012). Inspired by films from the ‘70s, Call Girl is a political and emotional thriller with nerve and social conscience, telling the story of how young Iris is recruited from the bottom rung of society, into a ruthless world where power can get you anything. Youth is seductive. Power is corrupt.
140 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.
April 9 & 11
Directed by Kristina Lindström & Maud Nycander (Sweden & Denmark, 2012). Olof Palme was openly shot to death on a February evening in 1986 on the streets of Stockholm. In one night, the country of Sweden was transfigured. Palme is about his life, his time, and about the Sweden he created. About a man who altered history.
103 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.
April 23 & 25
Directed by Annette K. Olesen (Denmark, 2013). When reporter Mia Moesgaard is pressured during a TV-debate into saying that she won’t be surprised if citizens will turn violent to stop oil drillings in Greenland, it triggers Rasmus who decides to make her words come alive.
94 min. In Danish with English subtitles.
April 30 & May 2
Directed by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012). The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.
99 min. In Danish with English subtitles.
Short Films from the Faroe Islands
May 7 & 9
An evening of Faroese short films places the spotlight on the creative pool of filmmakers that have established themselves as a stronger, more progressive voice in the cinematic community of the Faroe Islands.
Expedition to the End of the World/Ekspeditionen til verdens ende
May 14 & 16
Directed by Daniel Dencik (Denmark, 2013). A grand and adventurous journey of discovery to the last white areas of the world map. But no matter how far we go and how hard we try to find answers, we ultimately meet ourselves and our own transience.
90 min. In English and Danish with English subtitles.
Special thanks to the Danish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Icelandic Film Centre, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, Corinth Films, Magnolia Pictures, and Chezville.