New Scandinavian Cinema

  • October 21, 2016 — October 29, 2016

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 this celebration. Our thanks also to Nordic Northwest for their sponsorship of the series.

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In Front of Others

Directed by Óskar Jónasson

Next screening: Friday, October 21 @ 7 pm

Shy and introverted Hubert works quietly as a copywriter at an ad agency. When he meets Hanna, he immediately falls


Nice People

Directed by Anders Helgeson, Karin af Klintberg

Next screening: Saturday, October 22 @ 5 pm

In this real-life Cool Runnings the predominantly white community of the rural Swedish town of Borlänge (whose town slogan is

Silent Heart

Silent Heart

Directed by Billie August

Next screening: Saturday, October 22 @ 7:30 pm

Three generations of a family have gathered at the matriarch’s (Ghita Nørby) house for the weekend. Terminally ill, she wants


The Homecoming

Directed by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

Next screening: Sunday, October 23 @ 4:30 pm

Gunnar is a sociologist in his fifties who has written countless self-help books, but that can’t help him as his

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The Fencer

Directed by Klaus Härö

Next screening: Sunday, October 23 @ 7 pm

Fleeing from Russian secret police in early 1950’s, a young Baltic dissident leaves Leningrad to settle in the small coastal


The Idealist

Directed by Christina Rosendahl

Next screening: Monday, October 24 @ 7 pm

In 1968, during the Cold War, an American B-52 bomber carrying nuclear warheads crashed on the polar ice near the


Here is Harold

Directed by Gunnar Vikene

Next screening: Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:30 pm

For over 40 years, Harold has been running a successful small furniture shop in Bergen with his wife, Marny. But



Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

Next screening: Tuesday, October 25 @ 8:30 pm

Icelandic filmmaker Rúnarsson (Volcano) explores change, transition, and adaptation and their roles in human relationships. After living in Reykjavik with


Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts

Directed by Yngvild Sve Flikke

Next screening: Thursday, October 27 @ 7 pm

Based on Gunnhild Øyehaug's celebrated feminist novel Wait, Blink, Flikke’s debut film is an energetic and funny portrait of three


The Here After

Directed by Magnus von Horn

Next screening: Saturday, October 29 @ 2:15 pm

When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he’s looking forward to starting his life afresh.


The Mine

Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä

Next screening: Saturday, October 29 @ 4:30 pm

Jussi, a young, ambitious civil servant, finds himself in charge of the environmental permit for the huge Talvivaara nickel and uranium