Palace Cinema’s third annual Scandinavian Film Festival, sponsored by Volvo, opens around the country this July, offering a selection of 22 films from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.
Director Rune Denstad Langlo‘s sharp and insightful black comedy, Welcome to Norway will open the festival. The film follows an aspiring hotel owner who turns his half-built alpine hotel, near the Norwegian-Swedish border, into a state-funded refugee asylum centre.
Writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s multi award-winning Land of Mine will take centre place at the festival, alongside 2016 Golden Globe Nominee The Fencer and Australian director Janet Merewether’s documentary Reindeer In My Saami Heart.
Land of Mine is a stunning and gripping thriller about a group of young German POW soldiers caught in Denmark in the aftermath of World War II. Finland today called the fictionalised biopic, “the best Finnish film in a decade”.
Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro will visit Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane as a part of the festival, to celebrate the screening of his two films Gold Coast and As It Is In Heaven. Oftebro has appeared in over 20 films and his television work includes the BAFTA nominated Danish/Swedish series The Bridge.
The festival will also hold a special screening of Nicolas Winding-Refn’s directorial debut, The Pusher Trilogy. Beginning with Pusher in 1996, the series stands as an iconic example of Nordic noir, showcasing a cohesive and kinetic visual style through themes of horror, family and the cruelty of fate. The Pusher Trilogy will screen exclusively at the Astor Theatre, Chauvel Cinema and Palace Barracks.
Sydney: Tues 5 – Wed 27 July Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema
Melbourne: Wed 6 – Wed 27 July Palace Cinema Como, Brighton Bay, Westgarth, The Astor
Canberra: Tues 12 – Wed 27 July Palace Electric
Brisbane: Wed 13 – Wed 27 July Palace Barracks
Adelaide: Tues 19 – Wed 27 July Palace Nova Eastend
Hobart: Wed 20 – Wed 27 July State Cinema
Perth: Thu 21 – Wed 3 August Cinema Paradiso
The Scandinavian Film Festival screens exclusively at Palace Cinemas nation-wide from July 5 – August 3. For a full festival guide and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com/.