Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland each bring two of their favourites movies to Bangkok
Scandinavian cinema is taking a bow this month at Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden bring their favourite films to the inaugural Nordic Film Festival, which runs from Thursday to October 1 at Quartier CineArt of the fourth floor of EmQuartier.
Aiming to highlight the success of Nordic films, celebrate Nordic culture and raise awareness of sustainability and gender equality, the Nordic Film Festival 2017 is being organised by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden with the aim of generating interest in this creative and innovative region.
The films, two from each participating country, include dramas, comedies, nature documentaries, adventures and family films.
“The organising of the Nordic Film Festival will strengthen the already strong bonds between the Nordic foreign missions in Bangkok and increase the visibility of the work done by the Nordic countries present in Thailand,” Danish ambassador Uffe Wolffhechel told a recent press conference.
“The films we have selected to show are ‘A Second Chance’ and ‘Key House Mirror’, which offer very different examples of Danish film art. Both are dramatic and moving, and at the same time reflect our everdeveloping movie industry.
Finland offers “Tale of a Lake” and “Tale of a Forest”, the most-watched Finnish nature documentaries of all time.
“To celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary, we are pleased to present two award-winning films about our unique nature. “Tale of a Forest” provides a sneak peek into the Finnish wonderland and its inhabitants while “Tale of a Lake” takes a breathtaking plunge into the life of Finland's almost 200,000 lakes,” said Finnish ambassador Satu SuikkariKleven.
Norway brings “Operation Arctic”, which took home a People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film from TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and Best Children’s or Youth Film from Amanda Awards, and “Victoria”, which received the Amanda Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Sweden’s “A Holy Mess” and “Eternal Summer” represent the top films from Swedish production companies, and present views with a different emotional direction and cultural identity.
The festival opens on Thursday at 6 with “Tale of a Forest” whose main characters are bears, elk, snakes, owls, ants, frogs, flying squirrels as well as the Siberian Jay and the Lapland Owl.
“Key House Mirror” follows at 7.30pm. A heartwarming drama, it centres on Lily and Max, who have been married for more than 50 years and now live together in a nursing home, where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. When a man known as “the Pilot” moves in next door, Lily is immediately charmed by him and his passion for life. But neither her family nor the other residents at the nursing home are fond of her new acquaintance. Misunderstood by her family and trapped in her life with Max, Lily decides to fight to escape the bars of her invisible prison and claim her freedom.
Friday’s screenings start at 6 with “Operation Arctic”, a family story set in the wild Arctic ocean near Svalbard where the winter storms are building and the sun is about to disappear. Thirteen-year-old Julia and her twin siblings, eight-year-old Ida and Sindre, have ended up on the deserted Half Moon island by mistake and have to conquer their fear as they learn how to cope with wild animals, raging weather and lack of food.
Another adventure follows at 8 in “Eternal Summer”, which tells the story of Isak and Em who leave everything behind to embark on a road trip through the breathtaking landscape of Northern Sweden. But what starts off as a carefree adventure soon turns into a panic fuelled chase.
Saturday’s cinematic menu features “A Second Chance” and “Tale of a Lake”. Showing at 3 and 6pm respectively, the first sees detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon called out to a domestic dispute between a junkie couple caught in a vicious cycle of violence and drugs. Marko Rohr’s “Tale of a Lake” lives up to its name in a beautifully filmed documentary about Finnish lakes, the nature around them, the circulation of water and ancient Finnish mythology.
The festival wraps on October 1 with “A Holy Mess” at 3 and “Victoria” at 6.
“A Holy Mess” is a comedy about the modern family and their continual struggle to “do things right” while “Victoria”, based on Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun’s 1898 novel of the same name, is a film young love, class difference and success against all odds.
The films have English subtitles. Admission is free and tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made at Quartier CineArt half an hour before each screening.
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