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Welcome to Nordic Film Festival!

Nordic Film Festival at Scandimania

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 15 May 2016    




Scandimania: Norway and Beyond - 7-15 May

Scandimania is a Spring cultural celebration of all things Scandi, inspired by Painting Norway: Nikolai Astrup with late outdoor cinema, pop up shops, live music, art, food, and more…

We’re delighted to be collaborating with Dulwich Picture Gallery on a day of Nordic films as part of Scandimania.

Nordic cinema is frequently associated with bleak landscapes and dark themes, and the films in this programme will certainly take you on a journey into the ‘cold’. But what makes Nordic cinema stand out is its long-standing traditions of bold storytelling, coupled with strong characters and striking landscapes. So get ready to immerse yourself in a day of Nordic cinematic treats!

Here’s what’s coming up:


Afternoon: 2pm-5.30pm

7 Sami Stories (various, Norway 2015, 86 mins)

A collaborative project of seven short films telling life stories from the Sami community in the village of Kautokeino in Northern Norway.

Chasing the Wind (Rune Denstad Langlo, Norway 2013, 91 mins)

Anna hasn’t seen her family for a decade. When her grandmother dies, she returns home to face her grandfather and the ones she left behind. In the week leading up to the funeral, nothing goes as expected, and Anna is forced to reconsider how she lives her life.


Evening: 7 – 9pm

The Devil’s Ballroom (Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken, Norway 2012, 16 mins)

On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences. Manhattan short film finalist, 2012.

Rams (Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland 2015, 93 mins)

In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.


4th Nordic Film Festival

We’re currently working on bringing together our 5th Nordic Film Festival, but in the meantime, here’s a glimpse of last year’s festival…



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dirs. Ann Holmgren / Per-Josef Idivuoma / Elle Sofe Henriksen / Elle Márjá Eira / Silja Somby / Marja Bål Nango / Egil Pedersen, Norway 2015, 86 min, age recommendation 15+, Sami/Norwegian + English subtitles, London Premiere

A collaborative project of seven short films telling life stories from the Sami community in the village of Kautokeino in Northern Norway.


Click to book:

Fri 4 Dec, 6pm – Regent Street Cinema, London

Tue 19 Jan, 6.30pm – Glasgow Film Theatre





dir. Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland 2015, 73 min, cert 12A, London Premiere

A no holds barred montage portrait of travelling circuses from the 19th century to the present day – turning the spotlight on the good, the bad, the unusual and the weird of vaudeville, carnivals, and circuses. Scored by Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Icelandic band Sigur Rós in cooperation with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Kjartan Dagur Hólm.


Click to book:

Fri 4 Dec, 8pm – Regent Street Cinema, London

Sat 2 Jan, 4.15pm/9pm – Broadway, Nottingham


THE IDEALIST (Idealisten)


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+ intro by Johan Hallstrom, Swedish actor and screenwriter 

dir. Christina Rosendahl, Denmark 2015, 114 min, age recommendation 12+, Danish/English/Spanish/Greenlandic + English subtitles, London Premiere

Poul Brink is a journalist investigating one of the biggest government conspiracies in Danish history. In 1968, a US B-52 bomber carrying hydrogen bombs crashed into the US military base in Greenland. 20 years on, a suspiciously large number of Danish workers involved in the accident clean-up contract deadly diseases, but Brink’s probing is not welcome. Starring Peter Plaugborg (1864, Borgen) and Søren Malling (1864, Borgen, The Killing).


Click to book:

Fri 4 Dec, 9.45pm – Regent Street Cinema, London


BEAR ISLAND (Bjørnøya)


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dir. Inge Wegge, Norway 2014, 82 min, age recommendation 15+, Norwegian + English subtitles

Filmmaker, thrill-seeker and avid adventurer Inge Wegge brings us another extreme living documentary following North of the Sun (NFF 2013). Along with his two brothers, he skis cross-country, braving treacherous conditions on their journey to Bear Island, south of Svalbard, with the one aim of surfing where no-one has surfed before.


Click to book:

Sat 5 Dec, 4pm – Regent Street Cinema, London

Tue 5 Jan, 6.30pm – Glasgow Film Theatre

Thu 7 Jan – The Cube Cinema, Bristol


ARMI ALIVE! (Armi elää!)


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+ intro by Pauliina Ståhlberg, Director of The Finnish Institute in London

dir. Jörn Donner, Finland 2015, 84 min, age recommendation 15+, Finnish + English subtitles, UK Premiere

presented in association with The Finnish Institute in London

Armi Ratia (1912–1979) the entrepreneur behind the iconic Finnish design company Marimekko is one of the most renowned businesswomen of all time. Armi Alive! follows a theatre company who are rehearsing a show about her, set between 1949 and 1968, when Marimekko is born and Ratia achieves international success. The question is: does Marimekko need Armi, or does Armi need Marimekko?


Click to book:

Sat 5 Dec, 6pm – Regent Street Cinema

Tue 26 Jan, 6.30pm – Glasgow Film Theatre


IN YOUR ARMS (I dine hænder)



+ intro by Johan Hallstrom, Swedish actor and screenwriter 

dir. Samanou A. Sahlstrøm, Denmark 2015, 88 min, age recommendation 15+, Danish + English subtitles, UK Premiere

Young nurse Maria is drawn towards Niels, a terminally ill patient in the Copenhagen nursing home where she works. The two embark on a true and raw emotional journey as Niels expresses his wish to die and Maria accompanies him to Switzerland. Life and death are the real protagonists in this tragic, unconventional love story, heightened by the finality of Niels’ illness.


Click to book:

Sat 5 Dec, 8pm – Regent Street Cinema


Sun 10 Jan – The Cube Cinema, Bristol

Tue 12 Jan, 8.40pm – Glasgow Film Theatre





+ intro by Selina Robertson, film curator, writer and co-founder of Club des Femmes

dir. Mia Engberg, Sweden 2005, 77 min, age recommendation 15+, Swedish + English subtitles, UK Premiere

Mia Engberg (Belleville Baby, NFF 2013) portrays life in high-rise suburban Stockholm through the eyes of teen graffiti artists Ayesha, Frazze, Julio and “Dino” living in Hässelby Gård in this ode to a neighbourhood, its people and their aspirations.

Click to book: Mon 7 Dec, 8.30pm – Bertha DocHouse





+ intro by Ossian Ward, Head of Content, Lisson Gallery

dir. Andreas Johnsen, Denmark 2013, 86 min, age recommendation 15+

Detained for alleged tax evasion, world renowned artist and political activist Ai Weiwei sets out on a high-profile court case, proclaiming his innocence, despite the Chinese authorities’ unrelenting attempts to silence him. This candid portrait digs deep into the life and mind of a man battling for the truth behind what has come to be known as a multi-million dollar ‘Fake Case’.


Click to book: Tue 8 Dec, 6.30pm – ICA

An exhibition of work by Ai Weiwei runs at the Royal Academy in London until 13 December.





dir. Michael Madsen, Denmark/Austria/Ireland/Finland/Norway 2015, 83 min, age recommendation 12+

With unprecedented access to the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, the military, and experts from leading space agencies, The Visit explores an event that has never in fact occurred – our first encounter with intelligent life from space. Beginning with the simplest of questions – Why are you here? How do you think? What do you see in humans that we don’t see in ourselves? – the film embarks on a journey beyond a terrestrial perspective, revealing the fears, hopes, and rituals of a species forced not only to confront alien life forms, but also its own self-image.


Click to book: Wed 9 Dec, 6.30pm – Bertha Dochouse


FESTEN - free event!


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+ post-screening talk by Dr Claire Thomson, UCL Scandinavian Studies

*** THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED – to join wait list, in the event of any cancellations, please contact nordicff@day-for-night.org***

dir. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark 1999, 105 min, cert 15, Danish + English subtitles

The first film of the avant-garde Dogme95 movement and winner of the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize 1998, Festen remains a defining moment in Danish cinema. Told in real time at a family dinner celebrating patriarch Helge’s 60th birthday, one of Helge’s four children, Christian, stands to make a toast, only to reveal the darkest of family secrets.

Screening with: Nylon


Click to book: Thurs 10 Dec, 6.15pm – Birkbeck Cinema


NYLON - free event!



dir. Jeanette Nordahl, Denmark/Sweden 2015, 28 min, age recommendation 15+, Danish/Swedish + English subtitles, UK Premiere

*** THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED – to join wait list, in the event of any cancellations, please contact nordicff@day-for-night.org***

17 year old Viktor’s beautiful aunt Isabel is ill with cancer. On a family weekend away everyone except Viktor is perturbed by her attitude towards life. A New Danish Screen project.

Screening with: Festen

Click to book: Thurs 10 Dec, 6.15pm – Birkbeck Cinema


SUMÉ - THE SOUND OF A REVOLUTION (Sumé - mumisitsinerup nipaa)



dir. Inuk Silis Høegh, Denmark/Greenland/Norway 2014, 73 min, age recommendation 18+, Greenlandic/Danish + English subtitles

The Greenlandic rock band Sumé brought about a revolution over the course of three albums released between 1973 and 1976. Being the first musicians to sing in their mother-tongue, Greenlandic, and bringing to the language words for ‘revolution’ and ‘oppression’ they made waves with an independence movement in a country which had been colonised by Denmark for 250 years. This is the story of how they made history.


Click to book:

Sun 13 Dec, 2:30pm – ICA, London

Sun 3 Jan – The Cube Cinema, Bristol

Sun 10 Jan, 8.30pm – Broadway, Nottingham


Jarlsberg cheese taster!


jarlsberg_hjul%202012Grab a drink at the bar before, after or in between screenings and enjoy some complimentary Jarlsberg cheese, courtesy of Nordic Film Festival 2015 partner Norseland.


Fri 4 Dec, Regent Street Cinema Bar – open to all Nordic Film Festival ticketholders





Scandi Sip & Shop


Hop over to the Republic of Fritz Hansen store (2 minutes from Regent Street Cinema) where the first 50 ticketholders for any Nordic Film Festival event will receive a special free Marimekko gift while browsing Scandi Christmas treats and shopping ideas, along with a glass of wine and Nordic pastry. 10% discount on items in store. Bring your ticket or ticket confirmation for entry. Follow #ScandiShop for special offers!

Sat 5 Dec, 3pm-6.30pm: Republic of Fritz Hansen (13 Margaret Street, London W1W 8RN)

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Nordic Film Festival Party - free entry!


Join the festival team to toast Nordic Film Festival’s fourth year!

RSVP essential! Contact: nordicff@day-for-night.org

Sat 5 Dec, 9.30pm-late: Nordic Bar (25 Newman St, London W1T 1PN)





309 Regent St, London W1B 2UW



The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH



Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AW



Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD



Dove St S, Avon, Bristol BS2 8JD


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12 Rose St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 6RB


Broadway Nottingham

14-18 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL





Principal funder & host:


Supporting Funders & Partners:

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Fritz Hansen     Skandium


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Festival Team:

Sonali Joshi – Festival Director

Lucinda Hall – Festival Programmer

Malin Lindholm – Festival Coordinator

Xiaofei Zhang – Graphic Design



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



Johan Hallstrom, Andreas Johnsen, Malin Lindholm, Helga Luthersdottir, Jack Packham, Janet McCabe, Johan Hallstrom, Neil McGlone, Nadja Nørgaard Kristensen, Eva Novrup Redvall, Marie Schmidt Olesen, Selina Robertson, Pauliina Ståhlberg, Claire Thomson, Ossian Ward, Inge Wegge, Anorak Film, Antipode Sales, Bufo Films, Dogwoof, Level K, Metrodome, Story, Lisson Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Georg Jensen, Nabroad, Nordic Bar, Phaidon, and all our fantastic volunteers!