Best of Norden
– Nordic festival at the nordic museum the 5-7 of october
At the festival Best of Norden, that celebrates Nordic culture and the Nordic Councils Prizes, all the nominated films, as well as Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, will be screened with english subtitles at the Nordic Museum at Djurgården in Stockholm. A unique chance to see the very best nordic films right now!
Between the 5-7th of October the films will be screened in a cinema in the big hall of the Museum. There is no extra cost for seeing the films, only admission for the museum. 120 SEK for adults and free for children/youth 18 years and under.
friday, 5th of october
Veijo Haukka, 50, is a mechanic with a side business of euthanising old and ailing pets. The smaller animals he puts down with exhaust fumes and the bigger ones he shoots with his pistol. Despite his grim job, Veijo stands firmly on the side of the animals. He wants to give the creatures relief, to liberate them from their suffering. Veijo does not necessarily treat the pet’s owners as mercifully. He punishes people who, out of stupidity or selfishness, have mistreated their pets.
Director: Teemu Nikki. (Finland, 1 h, 25 min, eng subs. Original title: Armomurhaaja) Nominated to the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.
saturday, 6th of october
The drama is set on a Swedish farm in the 1970s. In a village that is slowly losing its population, the farmer Agne is driven to the brink of insanity by the depressing work at the farm, an obsession with making his oldest son Klas take over, and a nagging feeling that someone wants to harm his family. Klas, 15, imagines himself far from the farm and is drawn to the world of birds. But as external threats escalate and his inner feeling of guilt grows, Klas is faced with a choice he can’t escape – to pursue freedom or to retreat.
Director: Jens Assur. (Sweden, 1 h, 47 min, eng subs. Original title: Korparna) Nominated to the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.
7.00pm: WINTER BROTHERS
A brother odyssey set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter. The younger sibling Emil distils moonshine made from chemicals stolen from the factory. Emil is an outsider, an oddball, only accepted by the mining community because of his older brother Johan. Emil longs to be wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, Emil and the moonshine are prime suspects. A violent feud gradually erupts between him and the tight-knit mining community. At the same time, Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, prefers Johan.
Director: Hlynur Pálmason. (Denmark, 1 h, 34 min, eng subs. Original title: Vinterbrødre). Nominated to the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.
sunday, 7th of october
10.15am: WOMAN AT WAR
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double-life as a passionate environmental activist, secretly waging a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As she plans her biggest and boldest sabotage operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has been accepted and a little girl is waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and saviour of the Icelandic highlands to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack on the aluminium industry.
Regi: Benedikt Erlingsson. (Island, 1 h, 41 min, eng subs. Original title: Kona fer í stríð) Nominated to the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.
3.45pm: THE SEVENTH SEAL
A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters Death and, in one of the most effective reverse-angle exchanges ever filmed, challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life.
Ingmar Bergman’s perhaps most famous masterpiece, The Seventh Seal, is screened during Best of Norden to celebrate the Bergman centennial. The copy is newly restored by the Swedish Film Institutet.
Director: Ingmar Bergman. (Sweden 1957, 1 h, 36 min, eng subs. Original title: Det sjunde inseglet)
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn towards Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.
Director: Joachim Trier. (Norway, 1 h, 56 min, eng subs) Nominated to the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018.
INFORMATION AND TICKETS
Best of Norden takes place the 5-7 October 2018, at the Nordic Museum/Nordiska museet in Stockholm.
Address: Djurgårdsvägen 6-16
One day ticket: 120 kr - included in the Nordic Museum’s regular admission!
3-day festival ticket: 200 kr - admission for all three days or for three guests one day.
Buy 3-day festival ticket
Organizers: Nordiska ministerrådet, Nordiska rådet and Kulturbyrån, on behalf of
Nordisk Film & TV Fond, in cooperation with Nordiska museet and Föreningen Norden.