Given the number of iconic films and filmmakers that have emerged from Scandinavia over the years, it is somewhat surprising that Australia has never hosted a festival before that celebrates the cinematic output of this region in Europe that comprises Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Well, such an oversight has been rectified with the news that the inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival will take place next month in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Byron Bay.
Whether it is the work of Victor Sjostrom in the early years of the 20th century, the masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman, the provocations of Lars Von Trier or great works from directors such as Aki Kaurismaki, Susanne Bier and Thomas Vinterberg, Scandinavia has consistently produced a diverse group of filmmakers who have crafted some of the most interesting films of their time.
The Scandinavian Film Festival provides a great opportunity for Australian audiences to watch the latest works from the current batch of Nordic filmmakers. In fact, it will no doubt be the only opportunity to see many of these films on the big screen in this country.
The Brisbane event will be held exclusively at Palace Centro in Fortitude Valley from July 11 to 20. The opening night film is the adaptation of best-selling novel The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, with over 20 others films also on the program.
To peruse the schedule of events in each host city, book tickets or find out more about the various films screening in the festival, click here for the festival website.