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October 23, 2015 – November 1, 2015

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.

1001 grams

Directed by Bent Hamer

In this deadpan romantic comedy that recalls the absurdist-observational style of Jacques Tati, recently divorced scientist Marie travels to a

Good Things Await

Directed by Phie Ambo

Ambo’s pastoral documentary follows a herd of rare cattle and their idealistic owners over a year. For centuries, Red Danish

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Directed by Stig Björkman

Ingrid Bergman becomes more of an icon with every passing year, and writer, director and film critic Stig Björkman’s intimate

Monica Z

Directed by Per Fly

Winner of Guldbagge Awards for Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design, Monica Z chronicles the

My Skinny Sister

Directed by Sanna Lenken

Winner of the Crystal Bear (Best Film, Children’s Jury, Berlin), as well as an audience award at the Goteborg Film

Out of Nature

Directed by Ole Giæver, Marte Vold

Ole Giæver writes, directs, and stars in this unique and endearing depiction of middle age and first-world anxieties. Martin (Giæver)

The Granddad

Directed by Bjarni Thorsson

Thorsson’s touching (and sometimes hilarious) film about life at the crossroads and the meaning of it all centers on mild-mannered

The Grump

Directed by Dome Karukoski

In his Jussi (Finnish Oscar) award-winning performance, legendary Finnish actor Antti Litja plays “the grump,” a cantankerous, pernickety eighty year-old

They Have Escaped

Directed by Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää

Dreams, memories, hallucinations, and harsh reality interweave in Finnish filmmaker Valkeapää’s dark drama-thriller. Joni (Teppo Manner) is a shy, stuttering

Virgin Mountain

Directed by Dagur Kári

Fúsi is a mammoth of a man who, at 43 years of age, is still living at home with his

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.