Arts & Entertainment

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL

The Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Sydney this year, presenting a program of 19 high-quality films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland.

Elysia Zeccola, the curator and Festival Manager explained that the line-up is incredibly strong, with films for older and younger audiences.

Happy Ending is our crowd-pleasing opening night selection which features a star-studded cast. It tells the story of a woman who has been patiently waiting for years for her workaholic husband to retire so they can spend time together, but instead he invests their life savings into a winery! It’s a cheeky, fun and life-affirming film!”

Aniara is a film which science fiction enthusiasts should not miss. “The futuristic portrayal of life on a Swedish spaceship bound for Mars should captivate audiences because of its unique vision and the eerie and intense world that we are drawn into, as the structure of community starts to unravel – it’s enthralling!”

This festival has a long tradition of representing films with the universal themes of immigration and migration including the previous hit opening night films The Other Side Of Hope (2017) and What Will People Say (2018). “This year the political thriller The Sons Of Denmark tackles a future where different forms of extremism collide.”

Zeccola concluded by saying that there are films for all tastes at this festival. “There are films for fans of noir and sci-fi in this program which is compact but approachable at the same time.” (MMo)

Jul 9–31. Palace Verona, Palace Norton & Palace Central. $14-$280+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com

 

ZECCOLA’S HOT PICKS:

PURITY OF VENGEANCE – The new instalment from Department Q has broken all box office records to become the highest grossing Danish film of all time.

A WHITE, WHITE DAY – A multi-award-winning stunning Icelandic drama that was the Nordic success story of Cannes.

LET ME FALL – A heartbreaking addiction drama, brilliantly acted and directed.

 

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