From collapsing relationships to burgeoning sexuality with bonus psychic powers, it’s been a good year for Scandinavian film. Palace Cinemas has selected 20 of the finest offerings from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Psychological thriller Thelma (Norway) is sure to be a favourite. When a sheltered teenager moves to the city for uni, she struggles with isolation, her confusing feelings for another woman, and of course her terrifying psychic powers. We predict another hit in Sweden’s Amateurs, in which a council hoping to attract investment struggle with conflicting views on how to market their diverse, dysfunctional small town.
There’s also plenty of domestic farce: opening night brings Under the Tree, an Icelandic comedy about two couples at increasingly immature loggerheads over a tree overhanging a property border; and Denmark’s A Horrible Woman follows a relationship descending into passive-aggressive manipulation.
And taking a contemporary look back at the past is Bergman Revisited, a series of six short films from some of Sweden’s finest young directors paying tribute to auteur Ingmar Bergman on his 100th birthday.
We sat down with festival curator Elysia Zeccola to pick out some favourites. Read more here.
The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival is at Palace Cinemas from July 10–29.
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