After several postponements owing to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, The Scandinavian Film Festival finally returns to cinemas with a program of superb and award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Ten of these films are directed by women and many are Australian premieres.
COVID-19 has adversely influenced film production worldwide, but the Scandinavian countries have slowly managed to keep production flowing.
“There were many Icelandic films being produced last year, five different Icelandic films being shot during the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020. Of course, COVID-19 has affected production of films and consequently, the postproduction process has slowed down, but still, production wise, films are still seeing the light of day,” explained Christof Wehmeier from the Icelandic Film Centre in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland.
Wehmeier explained that Nordic cinema has a kind of genuine authentic voice with believable stories about real life characters that should click with international audiences.
“The movie Hope has won many awards and really stayed with me. I also loved The Last Fishing Trip and Agnes Joy. Comedy enthusiasts must watch The Last Fishing Trip as this comedic gem will make them laugh out loud. It’s a cross between Sideways meets Hangover, but in an Icelandic kind of way.”