2nd Nordic Film Festival 2013 Now in Glasgow

December 8th, 2013
Author: Meredith Taylor

Fans of Nordic cinema will be excited to hear that the festival returns this winter with a vibrant array of films from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.  Opening in London and taking the film highlights further afield: a music strand will also feature in this year’s celebrations in the shape of the seminal Icelandic band Sigur Ros1234655_171092483082741_1211452240_n.

The programme includes various strands: ‘New Nordic Features’, ‘Other Side of the Docs’ and ‘Arctic’ and focuses on Nicholas Winding Refn with a new film NWR by French doc helmer Laurent Duroche, which looks at the life of the director and his regular collaborators Ryan Gosling and Mads Mikkelsen with another chance to see Winding Refn’s 1999 Cult Classic BLEEDER, a love story set in Copenhagen.

The festival kicks off on 25 November with the UK premiere screening of short noir animation series ODBOY & ERORDOG SUITE (Marcus Fjellström, Sweden/Germany 2013) with live soundtrack performed by Swedish quartet, The Pearls Before Swine Experience. This 22-minute piece, screened/performed earlier this year at International Film Festival Rotterdam, presents the eerie twilight escapades of a boy and his dog: inspired by nightmares, retro computer games and a pet dog.

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur has been prominent in the London film scene this summer with his docudrama THE DEEP and crime caper 2 GUNS.  The festival offers a chance to see his debut feature 101 REYKJAVIK, a romcom starring Spanish actress Victoria Abril.
Unknown-5Finnish films are always quirky and fascinating CONCRETE NIGHT is no different. It’s the latest outing from Finnish maverick director: Pirjo Honkasalo. Set in the backstreets of Helsinki, it  follows two brothers in the 24 hours before the eldest goes into prison.

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In the doc strand, another Finnish director Petri Luukkainen will be in town to talk about MY STUFF, a documentary comedy that examines our attachment to possessions and asks the question: what do we really need in life?.  Also on the documentary front, Mia Engberg’s BELLEVILLE BABY, a meta-textual memoir that examines the director’s relationship with her ex through visuals, photos and feelings evoked by their past conversations heard in voice-over.

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Mika Ronkainen’s is attending to talk about his road-doc: FINNISH BLOOD, SWEDISH HEART that looks at the unresolved issues of a Finnish father and son forced to grow up in Sweden, before returning to their homeland.

From Norway, NORTH OF THE SUN and THE DEVIL’S BALLROOM  looks at the harsh beauty of life in the magnetic North.

The festival closes with the premiere of Kaspar Munk’s YOU & ME FOREVER, a drama focusing on teenage angst from a female perspective exploring sensitive issues of nascent sexuality, vulnerability and idolisation at this very formative stage in a girl’s life. MT

THE PROGRAMME IN DETAIL
London: 25 November - 4 December 2013

25 Nov

6.45pm

Opening Gala: Odboy & Erordog Suite + live soundtrack performance
+ opening gala party

Republic of Fritz HansenTM

29 Nov

6.30pm

101 Reykjavik

Riverside Studios

8.45pm

Chasing the Wind

Riverside Studios

30 Nov

6pm

NWR

Ciné Lumière

9pm

Concrete Night

ICA

1 Dec

1pm

The Hidden Child

ICA

3.30pm

Bleeder

Riverside Studios

6pm

Kidd Life

Riverside Studios

8.30pm

Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart + Q&A

Riverside Studios

2 Dec

6.45pm 8.45pm

Sigur Rós double bill: Inni Valtari Mystery Film Experiment

Riverside Studios

7pm

Directors’ Talk: Finnish Docs

Republic of Fritz HansenTM

3 Dec

6.45pm

North of the Sun + The Devil’s Ballroom

Riverside Studios

8.30pm

My Stuff + Q&A

Riverside Studios

4 Dec

8.20pm

Closing Gala: You & Me Forever + Q&A

Ciné Lumière

Edinburgh: 6 – 11 December 2013

6 Dec

6.15pm

Chasing the Wind

Edinburgh Filmhouse

7 Dec

6.15pm

My Stuff

Edinburgh Filmhouse

8 Dec

6.15pm

Kidd Life

Edinburgh Filmhouse

9 Dec

6.15pm

NWR

Edinburgh Filmhouse

10 Dec

6.15pm

Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart

Edinburgh Filmhouse

11 Dec

6.15pm

You & Me Forever

Edinburgh Filmhouse

Glasgow: 8 December 2013 – 2 January 2014

8 Dec

5.30pm

Chasing the Wind

Glasgow Film Theatre

10 Dec

6.45pm

Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart

Glasgow Film Theatre

15 Dec

6.50pm

You & Me Forever

Glasgow Film Theatre

17 Dec

9.00pm

NWR

Glasgow Film Theatre

22 Dec

6.40pm

Kidd Life

Glasgow Film Theatre

29 Dec

6.30pm

My Stuff

Glasgow Film Theatre

2 Jan

6.30pm

Belleville Baby

Glasgow Film Theatre

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