Go North

Win tickets to the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival

 Appropriately timed for the onset of some serious winter temperatures, Palace Cinemas are once again bringing the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival to Norton St from July 11 featuring 20 films from those cold countries way up north.

Running until Aug 2 and now in its fourth year, the festival has proved to be one of Palace’s most successful. It seems we just can’t get enough of those dark and gripping Nordic-noir dramas, or maybe we just appreciate the dry deadpan humour of so many of their comedies.

Of course those five countries – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland regularly produce more than their share of award-winning festival films. In fact the program opens with one – Aki Kaurismäki’s droll refugee comedy The Other Side Of Hope, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director 2017 at this year’s Berlinale. It screened recently at the Sydney Film Festival to huge acclaim, as did Amanda Kernell’s multiple award-winning Sami Blood – which deals with Sweden’s own shameful “stolen generation” past.

The festival centrepiece, The King’s Choice was Norway’s official choice for the 2017 Academy Awards. It’s a commanding, full-blooded epic about the German invasion of a totally unprepared country during a pivotal moment in World War II.

Other festival highlights include Danish bittersweet romance One-Two-Three-Go (above); the multiple award winning coming–of-age drama Heartstone set amongst the sensational scenery of Iceland; dark crime thriller A Conspiracy of Faith, the follow up to The Keeper of Lost Causes; high-octane Danish revenge thriller Darkland; and a clever satire of the Copenhagen art scene The Man (below), starring Borgen’s Søren Malling. Its writer/director Charlotte Seiling, whose many credits include Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge will be a festival guest. The festival finally closes on Aug 2 with the very funny and street-smart A Hustler’s Diary from Sweden.

Head to the festival website for bookings, trailers and more information about all 20 films and special events.

And yes, thanks to Palace Cinemas we have 5 double passes to give away to our readers. Just email us at info@ciaomagazine.com.au and nominate one other Scandinavian movie or TV series you’ve enjoyed recently. It’s that easy, but don’t forget to include your name and address.


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