New Scandinavian Cinema

  • 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.


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


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


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

1001 Grams

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

Stillfoto fra  filmen "En Chance til" af Susanne Bier og Anders Thomas Jensen. Foto:  Henrik Petit

A Second Chance

Directed by Susanne Bier

Andreas is a promising young detective with a lot on his plate. He and his wife Anne are struggling with


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


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


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)


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

Edda Magnason som Monica

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