Inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival 2014


The inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival opens at exclusively Palace Electric tomorrow night (8 July) and runs through to Sunday 20 July. Over the course of 13 days, Palace Electric will play host to some of the finest Scandinavian drama, crime and comedy, courtesy of films from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.

The festival kicks off with the Australian premiere of ‘The 100-Year- Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window and Disappeared’, an unexpected and extraordinary comedy based on a best-selling novel by Jonas-Jonasson which has been published in more than 35 countries. Finnish actress Laura Binn, the festival’s Ambassador and star of two festival films (Heart of a Lion and August Fools), will also be in attendance. Check out the trailer below:

The Programme

Other Swedish delights include ‘Waltz for Monica’, a glossy and classy biopic based on the life of popular Swedish jazz-singer Monica Zetturland and Swedish crime fans should find solace in the ‘Easy Money’ trilogy. Other offerings include ‘Ego’, a rom-com sure to delight with an irresistible cast and style to boot; ‘Home’, billed as an off-beat, tender and humorous perspective of those on social fringes; and ‘Hotell’, a cathartic oddball drama about an unconventional therapy group. ‘Remake’, an intimate and honest relationship drama exploring contemporary attitudes and approaches towards love, with an unexpected twist, is the final film in the programme.

Denmark offers four films: ‘Flow’ described as Nordic 8-Mile with a fresh sensibility, is an authentic rags-to-riches tale, accompanied with slick visuals and a distinct Danish beat; ‘Soap’ a soulful family drama, overflowing with expressive rock ’n’ roll reminiscent of the 60s; ‘The Hour of the Lynx’, a profound exploration of the fragility of faith and the redeeming power of love; and ‘The Keeper of Lost Causes’ a suspenseful crime thriller based on the international bestselling novel of the same name.

Three films from Norway include: ‘Ballet Boys’ a story of adolescence, new challenges, ambition and identity; ‘I Am Yours’ Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) stars in this taut, intelligent relationship drama that skilfully depicts a complicated tangle of race, love and family; and ‘Pioneer’ a twisting tale of life, death and conspiracy in the aftermath of the discovery of oil in the North Sea in the 1980s, which is based on true events.

Iceland is represented by two films: ‘Metalhead’ a powerful family drama of loss and grief that respects the sounds of heavy metal without turning up the volume; and ‘Spooks and Spirits’ a ghoulish comedy of manners, misunderstandings and a haunting or two.

And finally to Finland with a triple bill of: ’21 ways to Ruin a Marriage’, this fast riotous comedy about love and marriage is one of Finland’s most successful films of all time; ‘August Fools’, a smart, uplifting comedy set in the dark context of the Cold War; and ‘Heart of a Lion’, a stirring but surprisingly funny portrait of the changing hearts and minds of a former leader of a white supremacist Neo-Nazi group freshly released from gaol.

All the above descriptions have been taken from the official programme.

So there we have it, a packed programme that can be fully downloaded here.