From July 13 to 26, Palace Cinemas in Brisbane will once again play host to the Scandinavian Film Festival, promising to deliver the finest cinema Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland have to offer. The most hard-hitting of dramas, the most interesting of documentaries, and unexpected laughs from unique Scandinavian comedies will all be on offer for invested fans to enjoy over the course of the festival.
Acclaimed comedy ‘Welcome To Norway’ will serve as the opening night film with pre-event Scandinavian cakes and wine served to whet your appetite for one of the festival’s sharpest, wittiest, more politically incorrect titles. Another highlight of the festival comes in the arrival of Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro who will participate in a Q&A following a screening of the moving drama ‘As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven On Earth’.
The drama continues elsewhere with the Swedish film ‘The Yard’ arriving fresh off its Best Producer win at the 2016 Goteborg Film Festival, the largest film festival in Scandinavia. A semi-autobiographical lament from novelist/poet Kristian Lundberg, the film serves as an intimate character study of the migrant worker mentality in modern-day Sweden. Those looking for a little more excitement may find their answer in the Danish title ‘The Idealist, an intelligent thriller set against the back-drop of Scandinavian politics.
Despite its title, ‘Gold Coast’ is a historical drama starring festival guest Jakob Oftebro as a young idealist sent to Danish Guinea in the 19th century to establish a viable coffee plantation. Inspired by letters found in the Royal Library of Copenhagen, this is a deeply captivating film that should win cinephiles over with its Terrence Malick-esque influences.
Similarly intoxicating, ‘Sparrows’ is another internationally award-winning title likely to make waves at the festival this year due to its unmatched performances and striking visuals. A coming-of-age drama detailing the transition from youth to adulthood for a young boy in a remote Icelandic village, the film hits an emotional note as it showcases the tribulations of growing-up in an all-too realistic manner.
If there’s one title that will make the biggest splash though, it’s the Norwegian disaster epic ‘The Wave’. Arguably the most viable title to earn a mainstream appeal this Hollywood-type blockbuster is an edge-of-your-seat thrill-ride that plays with both the splendour and horror of nature.
The Scandinavian Film Festival starts this Wednesday (July 13). For details and tickets visit the Palace Cinemas website.