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THE 2018 VOLVO SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH ICELANDIC BLACK COMEDY ‘UNDER THE TREE’ PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES UN CERTAIN REGARD WINNER ‘BORDER’

Written by Aksel Ritenis

THE 2018 VOLVO SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH ICELANDIC BLACK COMEDY ‘UNDER THE TREE’ PROGRAM ALSO INCLUDES UN CERTAIN REGARD WINNER ‘BORDER’

The Volvo Scandinavian Film brings breathtaking contemporary Nordic cinema to Palace Cinemas screens from 10 July in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart. The diverse program features an esteemed selection of films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

Opening the festival is UNDER THE TREE, a very dark comedy from Icelandic writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson. The shade from a front-yard tree sees the already simmering tensions between two families come to the boil in an astute observation of suburban mores.

Mid-way through the 20-day festival will be special event screenings of AMATEURS, winner of the 2018 Goteburg Film Festival award for best Nordic Film. The comedy from director Gabriela Pichler hints at the changing face of Sweden as two high school girls use mobiles and selfie-sticks to create a promotional video for their town.

This screening will be accompanied by a Swedish cocktail on arrival.

Other films in the program include:

Winner of Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the Danish Academy Awards (Robert Festival), A HORRIBLE WOMAN is a provocative drama/comedy that cleverly explores a dysfunctional relationship from the man’s point of view from the writer/director of Parents (Scandi FF 2016), Christian Tafdrup. Also from DENMARK, comes; DARLING, a captivating film with a superb Danica Curcic in the lead, the film follows a world- renowned ballerina caught up in a love triangle while preparing for a new production of Giselle;

From FINLAND comes breakout SXSW hit comedy HEAVY TRIP in which a young man tries to overcome his fears by leading his small-town Finland heavy metal band to a massive music festival in Norway. And in LAW OF THE LAND by first time feature filmmaker Jussi Hiltunen

ICELAND’s offerings include THE SWAN, a 7-time Icelandic Academy Award (Edda) nominated drama in which a young girl is sent to mature and work on a farm after shoplifting, but there finds herself deeply entangled in an adult drama and opening night selection UNDER THE TREE.

From NORWAY comes the harrowing drama depicting the 2011 attack on Utøya island U – JULY 22.Erik Poppe, the award-winning director of The King’s Choice, crafts a heart-breaking yet compelling re- telling of this real life tragedy filmed entirely in one take; critically acclaimed hit at the Toronto International Film Festival, VALLEY OF SHADOWS is a Gothic mystery that follows a young boy who leaves his remote Norwegian village and ventures into the forest;

And SWEDEN brings strong titles including; winner of “Un Certain Regard” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival BORDER which tells the story of customs border patrol officer Tina, and a mysterious traveller that upends her world; set in the astonishing rise to fame in the 1970s of singer Ted Gärdestad is chronicled in the music-filled biopic A MOON OF MY OWN, from the director of A Man Called Ove (Scandi FF 2016)

The early life of much-loved children’s writer Astrid Lindgren is explored in heartfelt drama BECOMING ASTRID by Pernille Fischer Christensen; in THE REAL ESTATE, after a life of decadence financed by her father, 68-year-old Nojet inherits an apartment building in downtown Stockholm, but what appears to be a cash cow is in fact a curse; and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth the festival will be screening BERGMAN REVISITED a curated selection of six short films inspired by Bergman’s universe and made by some of Sweden’s most prominent directors including Tomas Alfredson.

The festival will take place nationally from 10 July in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart.

NSW 10 – 29 July Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Palace Central
ACT 11 – 29 July Palace Electric
VIC 12 – 29 July Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay & Palace Westgarth WA 19 July – 1 August Cinema Paradiso
QLD 19 July – 5 August Palace Barracks
SA 18 July – 5 August Palace Nova Eastend & Palace Nova Prospect
TAS 19 July – 25 July State Cinema

For more information, visit scandinavianfilmfestival.com

 

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times