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Nordic-Baltic Film Festival

London, 1-11 Dec 2016

    Regent Street Cinema, Picturehouse Central, ICA,

Birkbeck Cinema, Republic of Fritz Hansen

 

 

 

To celebrate the 5th edition of our annual winter celebration of films from the far north, we’ve decided to expand the remit of programme to include Baltic cinema alongside the best in new Nordic cinema. So, welcome to Nordic-Baltic Film Festival 2016!

This year’s festival has a strong comedy flavour, alongside some of the best new dramas and documentaries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. And there’ll be plenty of fantastic events running throughout the festival, so come and join us on a cinematic ride to the far north!

UPCOMING FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

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THE FENCER (Klaus Härö, Finland) – Sun 11 Dec (4pm), Regent Street Cinema, London

Sporting underdog drama meets brutal political reality in this stirring 1950s Estonia set drama.

Official Finnish 2016 Academy Award® entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Nominated: Best Motion Picture Foreign Language, Golden Globes 2016

Winner: Best Film, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015

Winner: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Jussi Awards 2016

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A MAN CALLED OVE (Hannes Holm, Sweden) – Sun 11 Dec (6.30pm), Regent Street Cinema, London

+ closing reception with free Swedish saffron buns and gin!

London premiere of adaptation of Frederik Backman’s bestseller, starring Rolf Lassgard.

Official Swedish 2017 Academy Award® entry for the Best Foreign Language Film

Guldbagge Awards 2016: winner – Audience Award, Best Actor

BUGS

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dir. Andreas Johnsen, Denmark 2016 – Opening Event + Drinks Reception

Doors open 6pm, film starts 7pm. Browse Skandium’s Scandinavian design range in store prior to the screening with 15% off, accompanied by cheese and wine!

73 min, age recommendation 12+, Danish + English subtitles

With UN estimates that food production will need to increase 70% to feed the planet by 2050, the daily reality of insects as a foodstuff may not be far away. Enter two indefatigable chef researchers, who travel the globe in search of great tastes and sustainable production models – even if it means crispy creepy-crawlies or succulent wriggling maggots. A timely, entertaining doc to make you you think twice about what you’re prepared to put on your plate.

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Thu 1 Dec – Republic of Fritz Hansen, London

kindly supported by Skandium and Jarlsberg

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with thanks to B&O Play

WELCOME TO NORWAY

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dir. Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway 2016, London Premiere

90 min, age recommendation 12+, Norwegian/English/Arabic/Swahili/French + English subtitles

Only Petter the relentlessly enterprising bigot would view the global refugee crisis as a business opportunity. He likes to think of himself as an entrepreneur but his wife would disagree. She’s sick and tired of his impulsive ideas blowing up in their faces, he’s ruined everything for her and their daughter. But this is his time to shine! Leaving aside his xenophobic sensibilities he’ll heroically transform his freezing cold, snow-covered, battered wooden lodge into an almighty cash cow by taking in bus-loads of refugees. What could possibly go wrong? Rune Denstad Langlo’s black comedy is a hilarious yet perceptive and poignant portrait of a man, a family and a planet in crisis, and a refreshingly comical and ultimately heartwarming reminder of what can be achieved in a life beyond borders.

Winner: Audience Award, Gothenburg International Film Festival

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Mon 5 Dec, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central, London

 

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+ Q&A with director Kadri Kõusaar

Estonia 2016, London Premiere

89 min, age recommendation 15+, Estonian + English subtitles

Piquant black humour and an inventive whodunnit plot mark this tantalising Baltic noir. Her twentysomething son left languishing at home in a coma after a shooting, a dutiful housewife and carer (Tiina Malberg, excellent) eavesdrops on the sundry friends and colleagues who drop by to see him. Her hope is to track down the perpetrator, though she also has a few frisky secrets of her own in this wry, entertaining puzzler with a seasoning of sharp ‘Fargo’-style attitude.

Official Estonian 2017 Academy Award® entry for Best Foreign Language Film

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Tue 6 Dec, 6pm – Regent Street Cinema, London

kindly supported by the Embassy of Estonia in London

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IN THE BLOOD

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dir. Rasmus Heisterberg, Denmark 2016, UK Premiere

+ intro by Claire Thomson (Senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Film, UCL Scandinavian Studies)

114 min, age recommendation 18+, Danish + English subtitles

Top Danish screenwriter Heisterberg (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Royal Affair) makes his directorial début with this vivid saga following a group of privileged Copenhagen medical students. Over a summer of clubbing, casual sex, substance abuse and occasional study, the contours of emotional responsibility begin to come clearer for Kristoffer Bech’s self-involved Simon as friendships and romance cohere and unravel. Kinetic camerawork and blissed-out intimacy mark a far from uncritical portrait of a generation in personal flux.

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival

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Tue 6 Dec, 8.30pm – Regent Street Cinema, London

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+ Q&A with director Renars Vimba

Latvia 2016, UK Premiere

105 min, age recommendation 15+, Latvian + English subtitles

Chaotic family circumstances have left 17-year-old Raya and her unruly little brother dumped with their grandma in the country. At school, an English-language competition presents the chance of broadening her horizons, but life, love and mortality intervene to see her growing up even more quickly than she’d bargained for. This spare, unsentimental coming-of-age tale showcases the compelling, self-contained presence of teenage first-timer Elina Vaska – potentially an international star in the making.

Winner: Crystal Bear for Best Film – Generation 14plus, Berlinale 2016
Winner: Variety Critics’ Choice, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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Wed 7 Dec, 6.30pm – Picturehouse Central

kindly supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in London

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PEACE TO US IN OUR DREAMS

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dir. Sharunas Bartas, Lithuania/Russia/France 2015, UK Premiere

107 min, age recommendation 15+, Lithuanian/Russian + English subtitles

Selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, this typically meditative outing from Lithuanian auteur Bartas, also features him as the widower taking a break at a lakeside hideaway with his daughter and new girlfriend – a concert violinist in the throes of a personal crisis. While a teenage boy armed with a stolen telescopic rifle provides the main narrative tension, Bartas’s painterly compositions and languid pacing establish an atmospheric context for telling soul-searching by the quiet waters.

Official Selection: Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes, 2015

Winner: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematographer, Best Film – Lithuanian Film Awards

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Thu 8 Dec, 6.20pm – ICA

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in partnership with the Lithuanian Cultural Institute

THE HOMECOMING

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dir. Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Iceland 2015, London Premiere

95 mins, age recommendation PG, Icelandic + English subtitles

Self-help guru Gunnar and his wife Lisa are unhappily married with an adult son, Davio, who is their only sunshine. When Davio introduces his new girlfriend Sunna to his frayed parents, Gunnar comes to a startling realisation and is presented with an impossible dilemma: to keep his earth shattering secret or tell all.

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Fri 9 Dec, 7pm – Birkbeck Cinema

THE FENCER

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dir. Klaus Härö, Finland/Estonia/Germany 2015

+ intro by Mart Kuldkepp (UCL)

99 min, cert PG, Estonian, Russian + English subtitles

An former fencing champ takes a low-key teacher’s post in rural Estonia, but having been conscripted by the Nazis during WW2 puts him in jeopardy now the Soviets are in power. A national fencing competition offers his students the chance to display their new foil-handling skills, but can their inspirational coach take the risk to attend? Sporting underdog action meets brutal political reality in this stirring 1950s-set drama, based on the true story of Endel Nelis.

Official Finnish 2016 Academy Award® entry for Best Foreign Language Film

Nominated: Best Motion Picture Foreign Language, Golden Globes 2016

Winner: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015

Winner: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Jussi Awards 2016

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Sun 11 Dec, 4pm – Regent Street Cinema

A MAN CALLED OVE

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dir. Hannes Holm, Sweden 2015, London premiere – Closing Film

+ drinks reception & complimentary ‘lussekatter’ (Swedish saffron buns)!

116 mins, age recommendation 12+, Swedish + English subtitles

In this adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s bestseller, Rolf Lassgård stars in the lead role of Ove, a cranky middle-aged man whose mission in life appears to be keeping watch over his neighbours like a hawk, ready to castigate anyone for the slightest thing he disapproves of. However, an unlikely friendship begins to develop when the pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the neighbourhood. A Man Called Ove is a heart-warming comedy drama on love, friendship and forgiveness, with a standout performance from Rolf Lassgård.

Official Swedish 2017 Academy Award® entry for the Best Foreign Language Film

Guldbagge Awards 2016: winner – Audience Award, Best Actor

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Sun 11 Dec, 6.30pm – Regent Street Cinema

Saffron buns courtesy of Blabar Nordic Living

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Drinks courtesy of Reformed Spirits

DIVING INTO THE UNKNOWN

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dir. Juan Reina, Finland/Norway 2016

90 min, Finnish + English subtitles

Four Finnish cave divers face their worst nightmare when two of their friends drown deep inside an underwater cave in Norway. When the official recovery operation is called off by the Norwegian and British authorities after being deemed too risky, the friends set out on a secret mission to retrieve the bodies themselves. Diving into the Unknown isn’t just the dramatic story of a life-threatening mission. It is also a story about unconditional friendship that truly runs deep. While each member of the team has years of experience exploring dangerous deep-sea caves, together they are about to face the biggest challenge of their lives. To make it out alive, they will need to be able to rely on each other every second of the way. And the physical demands of this operation will pale in comparison to the psychological toll it will take on everyone involved.

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Screening date tbc

Venues

London:

 

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309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW

 

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Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH

 

ICA       

The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

 

birkbeck

43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

 

 

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13-14 Margaret St, London W1W 8RN

 

On tour:

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12 Rose St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB

Broadway Nottingham

14-18 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL

 

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Gandy St, Exeter EX4 3LS

FUNDERS & PARTNERS

 

Principal funder & host:

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Supporting Funders & Partners:

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Acknowledgments:

Autlook Filmsales, The Film Sales Company, LevelK, Luxbox Films, Munro Films, Pluto Film, Trust Nordisk, Danish Chamber of Commerce, Finnish Chamber of Commerce, UCL Scandinavian Studies dept, Jajaja, Nordic Sports Club, Finn Guild, Aria, Bang & Olufsen, Andreas Johnsen, Kadri Kousaar, Renars Vimba, Claire Thomson, Mart Kuldkepp

Festival Team:

Festival Director: Sonali Joshi

Festival Programmer: Lucinda Hall

Festival Coordinators: Johan Hallstrom, Lucy Morris, Malin Lindholm

Design: Xiaofeistudio

Festival Team:

Sonali Joshi – Festival Director

Lucinda Hall – Festival Programmer

Xiaofei Zhang – Graphic Design

 

Supporters:

Embassy of Finland (London), Embassy of Sweden (London), Danish Cultural Institute, Danish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film Centre, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Birkbeck, University of London Film, Media and Cultural Studies dept, UCL Scandinavian Studies dept, Jajaja, Aria

 

Acknowledgments:

Johan Hallstrom, Malen Hult, Andreas Johnsen, Malin Lindholm, Helga Luthersdottir, Janet McCabe, Neil McGlone, Lucy Morris, Pauliina Ståhlberg, Claire Thomson, Level K, Georg Jensen!