2015 Scandinavian Film Fest picks

My favorite time of year… the Scandinavian Film Fest is upon us again! I figured why not post my top picks here for convenience of creating a shareable link to coordinate with friends who may like to accompany me 🙂

DEFINITELY want to see (in order of preference):

Sun Jan 18 11:15am
Life in a Fishbowl
(Iceland / Oscar submission)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n61wmuQsIlI
Three tales of three people who have a lasting effect on one another.  A young writer whose career is skyrocketing finds himself in a stormy marriage.  He divorces his wife after the death of their daughter, shuts himself off from the outside world and drinks himself to death over a twenty-year period.

Sun Jan 25 5:30pm
In Order of Disappearance
(Norway / Berlin Film Fest premiere)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnwGvne4hKY
Premiered at the 64th Berlin Film Festival. With a pitch-black sense of humor and a snowballing body count, upstanding community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) who has just won an award for “Citizen of the Year” when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate, which leads to a quest for vengeance which lands him in the crossfire between two rival gangs: one local, one “imported” from Serbia.

Sun Jan 25 1:15pm
The Gambler
Trailer: http://vimeo.com/74385604
Paramedic Vincentas is a passionate gambler, who is forced to make radical decisions to return the debts. An idea strikes Vincentas to create an illegal game related to his profession. Love, life and death will be at stake.

Sat Jan 17 8pm
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Contemplating Existence
(Sweden / Best Film, Venice Film Fest)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7pna4laaAk
Swedish master Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor) returns with this absurdist, surrealistic and shocking pitch-black comedy, which moves freely from nightmare to fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as it muses on man’s perpetual inhumanity to man. The third part of his “living” trilogy, the film premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film.


Sat Jan. 17 11am
The Whale Valley (short)
(Iceland / Cannes selection)
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnvE3GWv46Y
Two brothers struggle to find their place and purpose while living by a  small remote fjord in Iceland. Special mention at Cannes Film Festival and winner of Best Short Film at Hamptons Int’l Film Festival.
(Though a 15-minute short, and yet still the full price of an entrance ticket, it does look intriguing!)

Sun Jan 18 2pm
(Denmark / from the director of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmweDubKjg0
In a quirky, small town, situated on the outskirts of everything, 14 year old Martin is getting ready for on of the most formal transitions from boy to man, the communion. It’s 1976, music is in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all Martin’s mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that not only change Martin’s life forever, but also affect everyone else in the local community. An intense, humorous and evocative story about how life and death demand a transition in us all.

Sun Jan 18 7:30pm
1001 Grams
(Norway / Oscar submission)
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVIAtIHcehM
The Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories) film revolves around Anna, a scientist who specializes in weights and measures, lives a life of precision, rigidity and solitude. But when her father, a fellow scientist, suffers a heart attack, Anna’s world falls out of perfect alignment. Wry and winsome, this beautifully told and thoughtful human story—and Norway’s official submission for the Academy Awards—follows Anna on a journey from Norway to France and back, as she attempts to find the right balance in her life.

The full film fest schedule can be viewed here.

Any you think I’m missing out on? Let me know in the comments!


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