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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 25, 2021

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Review: Heart of a Lion, the Scandinavian Film Festival

Review: Heart of a Lion, the Scandinavian Film Festival
Cathy Dee

Don’t worry you haven’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 Teppo’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 haven’t seen much on modern Neo-Nazis before).

But it’s not all doom and gloom as I also learnt that almost every Finnish household has a sauna, how cool is that?!

The Details:

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