Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival
The best movies from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland will again be projected onto Australian screens this winter, courtesy of the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival.
An array of films from Europe’s famous northern region will be presented from mid-July to early August by Palace Cinemas in all the nation’s state capitals.
The line-up comprises 20 films covering genres including drama, black comedy and action thriller, with many of the features receiving nominations and awards.
Highlight feature films from each of the Scandinavian countries include:
SMALL TOWN KILLERS (DENMARK)
In this Danish black comedy with a hint of the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, the tables are turned on two tradesmen in a small rural town after they attempt to end their loveless marriages and enjoy their stash of cash by hiring a Russian hit-man to take out their wives. Australian premiere. Click here to learn more.
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (FINLAND)
The lives of two men both looking for a change of life in different ways become intertwined in this internationally acclaimed, highly topical film from Finland. When a Syrian refugee’s application for asylum in Finland is rejected, he decides to stay illegally. When a new restaurant owner discovers the refugee sleeping in the storage space behind his business, an unlikely friendship is formed. Click here to learn more.
Iceland’s single representation at the Scandinavian Film Festival is a big one – the emotionally gripping Heartstone that has won 26 international awards. In this coming-of-age drama, the relationship of inseparable best friends Thor and Christen is tested when they start going out with local girls Beth and Hanna. Click here to learn more.
THE KING’S CHOICE (NORWAY)
This World War II drama is based on true events of 1940 when Norway’s king is faced with an ultimatum to effectively hand rule to the Nazis by making a conspiring collaborator the country’s prime minister, or risk bloodshed by resisting the invasion of German forces. The King’s Choice was shortlisted for a 2017 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Click here to learn more.
A HUSTLER’S DIARY (SWEDEN)
A petty criminal has the chance to turn into a star when a top publishing house wants to publish his misplaced secret journal, but there could be consequences for the people he details in his writings about his “stuck in a rut” suburban Stockholm life. The anti-hero is played by Can Demirtas, who also co-wrote the script. Australian premiere. Click here to learn more.
The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival schedule is listed below, while further information can be found at www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.au.
SYDNEY 11 July to 2 August
MELBOURNE 13 July to 2 August
CANBERRA 18 July to 2 August
ADELAIDE 19 to 30 July
BRISBANE 20 July to 6 August
PERTH 20 July to 2 August
HOBART 20 to 26 July
Volvo Car Australia is giving away 35 double passes nationally. Simply be one of the first five in your city to email us and add the name of your city in the subject line for your chance to receive a complimentary ticket for two people.