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New Scandinavian Cinema

As regular Northwest Film Center attendees know—from recent retrospectives of Swedish directors Roy Andersson and Reuben Östlund to the continuing Nordic treasures premiering in the Portland International Film Festival each year— Scandinavian film remains one of cinema’s great founts of creativity. While a few of the most exciting dramas, comedies, and thrillers from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland find scattered commercial distribution in the United States, most never make it to Portland screens. We hope this showcase of recent films offers partial remedy and discovery. Special thanks the Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish Film Institutes for their assistance in organizing what we hope will be an annual celebration. Our thanks also go to the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, Portland for their sponsorship of the series.



Fri, Oct 23, 2015
at 6 PM

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS
DIRECTOR: STIG BJÖRKMAN
SWEDEN, 2015

Ingrid Bergman becomes more of an icon with every passing year, and writer, director and film critic Stig Björkman’s intimate portrait captures the magic and legend of her appeal. Tracing her life from Sweden to Hollywood and then Italy, a combination of never-before-seen family films, notes, letters, diaries, and interviews with Bergman’s children (Pia Lindström, Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini, and son Renato Rossellini) results in a documentary that is both celebratory and revelatory. In all, a captivating look behind-the-scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most beloved and celebrated actresses of American and European cinema. (114 min.)

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Fri, Oct 23, 2015
at 8:30 PM

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THE GRUMP
DIRECTOR: DOME KARUKOSKI
FINLAND, 2014

In his Jussi (Finnish Oscar) award-winning performance, legendary Finnish actor Antti Litja plays “the grump,” a cantankerous, pernickety eighty year-old farmer who is fiercely opposed to modernization. When he is forced to move in with his son and his wife in the city, they instantly butt heads with hilarious consequences. But there’s more to the old man than the couple originally thought, and likewise, he has a thing or two to learn from the younger generation. This bittersweet satire on “the good old days” was last year’s biggest hit in Finland. (103 min.)

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Sat, Oct 24, 2015
at 4 PM

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GOOD THINGS AWAIT
DIRECTOR: PHIE AMBO
DENMARK, 2014

Ambo’s pastoral documentary follows a herd of rare cattle and their idealistic owners over a year. For centuries, Red Danish was the dominant breed in the region. In hopes of reviving their fortunes, Niels Stockholm and his partner Rita buy a farm and stock it with these attractive russet cows. Niels and Rita have clear ideas about how their biodynamic farm should be run, with plants and animals coexisting in harmony. While their produce gets the seal of approval from Copenhagen’s famous Noma restaurant, Niel and Rita’s holistic methods aren’t popular with the authorities and their Thorshøjgaard farm is under threat. “In a period when concerns about food and health are paramount, GOOD THINGS AWAIT makes arguments for biodynamic principles and practices that are both logically and cinematically compelling.” – Variety. (100 min.)

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Sat, Oct 24, 2015
at 6:30 PM

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1001 GRAMS
DIRECTOR: BENT HAMER
NORWAY, 2014

In this deadpan romantic comedy that recalls the absurdist-observational style of Jacques Tati, recently divorced scientist Marie travels to a scientific convention in Paris with Norway’s national kilo prototype and a broken heart, finding love amid the beauty of the City of Lights. “Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move. For those who know Bent Hamer’s work (O HORTON, KITCHEN STORIES, EGGS), this Norwegian-Parisian love story between two scientists will come as another pleasant installment in his warm stories about human beings and their need for each other.”—The Hollywood Reporter. (88 min.)

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Sat, Oct 24, 2015
at 8:45 PM

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A SECOND CHANCE
DIRECTOR: SUSANNE BIER
DENMARK, 2014

Andreas is a promising young detective with a lot on his plate. He and his wife Anne are struggling with their newborn son who cries constantly, and Andreas must also try to rein in his recently divorced partner Simon, who is drinking too much. Called to a domestic disturbance, the detectives discover a drug-addicted couple with a young baby suffering terrible neglect, but there is seemingly nothing that can be done to save the child from horrible fate. When Andreas is faced with a personal tragedy, however, he makes a decision that will have severe moral and ethical repercussions. Tension-filled and heartbreaking, A SECOND CHANCE poses wrenching ethical questions while retaining sharp focus on the conflicted individuals skewed by life’s dilemmas. (105 min.)

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Sun, Oct 25, 2015
at 2 PM

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RAMS
DIRECTOR: GRÍMUR HÁKONARSON
ICELAND, 2014

Funny, moving and stunningly shot, RAMS was awarded the top prize of Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In a secluded valley, brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral stock is considered one of the country’s best. But although they share the land and a way of life, the two have not spoken to each other in over 40 years. Their world is upended, however, when the valley comes under threat from infection. While others abandon their land, Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily, and each brother tries to stave off disaster in his own fashion. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations—and themselves—from extinction. (93 min.)

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Sun, Oct 25, 2015
at 4:30 PM

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THE GRANDAD
DIRECTOR: BJARNI THORSSON
ICELAND, 2014

Thorsson’s touching (and sometimes hilarious) film about life at the crossroads and the meaning of it all centers on mild-mannered Guðjón, a father of two who is approaching retirement. When a dream trip to the Canary Islands with his wife doesn’t turn out the way he expects Guðjón is forced to take a good, hard look at his marriage and the inevitable aging process. “This smart cinematic adaptation of director Bjarni Haukur Þórsson’s wildly successful play features spot-on comic timing and an extremely sympathetic performance from Sigurður Sigurjonsson, one of Iceland’s best-known and most versatile actors.”— Screen International. (90 min.)

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Mon, Oct 26, 2015
at 7 PM

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THEY HAVE ESCAPED
DIRECTOR: JUKKA-PEKKA VALKEAPÄÄ
FINLAND, 2014

Dreams, memories, hallucinations, and harsh reality interweave in Finnish filmmaker Valkeapää’s dark drama-thriller. Joni (Teppo Manner) is a shy, stuttering boy who has fled military service and is assigned to a halfway house for troubled youth. There he meets Raisa (Roosa Söderholm), who is like a wild animal trying to break free of her chains. Their shared disregard for rules, laws, and convention leads them to steal a car and embark on a journey that takes them from a drug-fuelled island idyll to an encounter with a hippie trinket salesman, and eventually on a trip to Raisa’s childhood home –where things shift from ill-starred romance to something far more troubling. Winner of the Jussi Award for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. (100 min.)

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Tue, Oct 27, 2015
at 7 PM

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VIRGIN MOUNTAIN
DIRECTOR: DAGUR KÁRI
ICELAND, 2015

Fúsi is a mammoth of a man who, at 43 years of age, is still living at home with his mother. Shy and awkward, he hasn’t quite learned how to socialize with others, leaving him an untouchable virgin. That is, until his family pushes him to join a dance class. There he meets the equally innocent but playful Sjöfn. Acclaimed Icelandic writer-director Dagu Kári introduces us to the pains of first love between these two late-blooming loners with subtly and wicked wit. Winner of the Best World Narrative Award, Tribeca Film Festival. (94 min.)

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Wed, Oct 28, 2015
at 7 PM

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OUT OF NATURE
DIRECTOR: MARTE VOLD, OLE GIAEVER
NORWAY, 2014

Ole Giæver writes, directs, and stars in this unique and endearing depiction of middle age and first-world anxieties. Martin (Giæver) is clearly out of place both in his office and at home with his wife and son. As he embarks on a trek, searching for solace in the stunning Norwegian wilderness, he can’t seem to find peace; his incessant stream of thoughts are endlessly commenting and fantasizing about disturbing “what ifs”: what if he got a divorce? What if his wife died? What if he were a cripple? Immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian mountains with a stream-of-consciousness narrative that swings toward the witty and likable, OUT OF NATURE is a comically contemplative film about dissatisfaction, the desire for change, and trying to find solace in solitude. (80 min.)

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Sun, Nov 1, 2015
at 2:30 PM

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MY SKINNY SISTER
DIRECTOR: SANNA LENKEN
SWEDEN, 2015

Winner of the Crystal Bear (Best Film, Children’s Jury, Berlin), as well as an audience award at the Goteborg Film Festival, MY SKINNY SISTER tells the insightful story of two sisters: chubby Stella and teenage Katja. Like many siblings, they have a humorous, love-hate relationship, with squabbles over belongings and personal space. Katja is an obsessive ice-skater, out on the rink day and night preparing for performances. Stella tries to emulate her big sis but spends most of the time butt down on the ice. Beneath Katja’s bright success, however, is the onset of an eating disorder, something her troubled parents ignore and her little sister frets about. (95 min.)

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Sun, Nov 1, 2015
at 4:15 PM

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MONICA Z
DIRECTOR: PER FLY
SWEDEN, 2013

Winner of Guldbagge Awards for Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design, MONICA Z chronicles the real-life triumphs and tragedy of popular Swedish jazz-singer Monica Zetterlund, played by an enchanting Edda Magnason who sings her own smoky, elegant vocals. Monica, a young, rebellious small town girl, is determined to make it as a singer in the vibrant sixties jazz clubs of Stockholm, and even New York City. Beautiful and sensual, she embarks on the singing career of her dreams and evolves as an exquisite singer and actress in the golden era of jazz. But behind all the glamour, Monica struggles to face the dark side of fame and success. The jazz life can take its toll, and with a string of broken love affairs, a father she can never please, and a daughter to whom she’ll never be the perfect mother, Monica finds herself living the blues. (111 min.)

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