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More Than Just Noir: The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival

More Than Just Noir: The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival

| On 04, Jun 2016

Ever thought to yourself, I need some more Scandinavian culture in my life? Here you go.

The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival is hitting Brisbane’s Palace Barracks and Centro Cinemas from the 13th of July to the 27th, and it looks epic. National Festival Director Elysia Zeccola Hill has just recently spent time in Cannes locking in the ‘hottest talent from the most current crop of film’ to bring a delectable mix to the Palace big screens.

The combination of films is enough to make any film festival fan gleeful. If Finnish Oscar contenders, Nordic suspense thrillers, Swedish documentary comedies or Danish conspiracies are your thing, this is the place to be.

Scandinavian Film Festival


Finland’s official Oscar contender, and winner of Best Film at Finland’s 2016 Jussi Awards, THE FENCER, offers a fictionalised take on a real-life fencing teacher who took a stand against Stalinist oppression in Soviet-era Estonia. Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. However, the past catches up with him as he comes face to face with a difficult choice.

Tense suspense thriller ABSOLUTION starring the brilliant Laura Birn (2014 Festival guest) tackles the moral questions of guilt and revenge after a hit-and-run accident spirals out of control.

Also from Finland, OTHER GIRLS (Toiset Tytöt) is a survival story about those moments when life gives you a brutal kick, but you decide to kick back. HARD! Based on true events, it follows 18-year-old girls Jessica, Jenny, Taru and Aino who are on the verge of adulthood as they lose their innocence and, at times, their faith.

From Sweden, the documentary comedy NICE PEOPLE is a real-life “Cool Runnings” which has won over audiences’ hearts worldwide. The predominantly white community of the rural Swedish town of Borlänge are confronted by the influx of Somalis who have fled war. Integrating has proven difficult, so entrepreneur Patrik Andersson decides that all the Swedes and Somalis need is something to talk about together, and so he encourages them to learn Bandy (a cross between ice hockey and soccer). This highly entertaining and touching documentary follows the young Somalis’ long journey from their first hesitant steps on the ice to the very first goal in the history of their country, coached by legendary former bandy player Per Fosshaug and Cia Embretsen, and accompanied and commented on by the well-known Swedish duo of entertainers Fredrik Wikingsson and Filip Hammar.

+ loads more!

What: 2016 Brisbane Scandinavian Film Festival
When: 13th-27th July, 2016
Where: Palace Barracks and Centro Cinemas
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*Press Release supplied by ThinkTank Communications on behalf of Palace Cinemas

Images: IMDB.