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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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Here is Harold

Directed by Gunnar Vikene

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

In Front of Others

Directed by Óskar Jónasson

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

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

Silent Heart

Directed by Billie August

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


Directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson

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

The Fencer

Directed by Klaus Härö

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

The Here After

Directed by Magnus von Horn

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

The Homecoming

Directed by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

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

The Idealist

Directed by Christina Rosendahl

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

The Mine

Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä

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

Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts

Directed by Yngvild Sve Flikke

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

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.