Review: Heart of a Lion, the Scandinavian Film Festival
Donâ€™t worry you havenâ€™t missed your chance to sample Scandinavian culture, the film festival is still on!
We went along and saw, Heart of a Lion, a Finnish drama that explores a culture not usually portrayed on modern screens.
Heart of a Lion follows Teppo, who is fresh out of prison and looking to start a new life. However Teppo is also the leader of a white supremacist Neo-Nazi group, thereby limiting his options. Upon meeting Sari, an intriguing and beautiful waitress, Teppo invites unforseen complication into his life.
When Sari first learns about Teppoâ€™s political affiliations she is disgusted and sends him away. Yet he gradually wins her over, only to discover she has a mixed-race son. Teppo is sent into a tailspin as his prejudices are challenged by his desire for love and family.
A series of events takes Teppo on a journey that he could never have expected, before long he has to make some life-changing decisions.
Heart of a Lion can be quite confrontational at times (it is strictly 18+) you have been warned!
However if you think you can face it I definitely recommend it. It is a side of Scandinavia rarely seen (at least I havenâ€™t seen much on modern Neo-Nazis before).
But itâ€™s not all doom and gloom as I also learnt that almost every Finnish household has a sauna, how cool is that?!
What: Heart of a Lion, at the Scandinavian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas
Where: Palace Centro, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley
When: 12pm, Saturday 19 July