The Film Europe Media Company organized the second annual exhibition of contemporary Scandinavian cinema. European film lovers can enjoy the latest movies from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The ceremonial opening of the films will be at the Film Europe Cinema on 20 January, another two cinemas in Bratislava involved in their exhibition – Kino Lumière and Kino Mladosť.
The festival, which includes seven cinema premieres, three Day & Date premieres and six reruns, does not present all the films that have been recently shot in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland, yet it can be said to capture the most salient cinematic trends in the region. And a trend that can be deemed truly characteristic is the Nordic genre vitality. Unlike the film industries in many other European countries, which have been producing good art yet poor genre films (Romania, Hungary), or popular comedies yet poor art films (Czech Republic), the Nordic cinematic output is distinctly well-balanced in this respect.
The flagship film of Scandi 2016 is Men & Chicken, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen, known for his typically cunning and slightly scatological humour, who has cast the idols of Danish cinema into a film that would most likely crush the careers of lesser actors. The Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance, based on Jensen’s script, is a crime thriller about a taintless detective who takes a law-breaking decision. Debuts and comedies are represented by Here Is Harold, the bold Nordic tradition of films for children and young people by the features Jo Nesbø: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder, Operation Arcticand The Shamer’s Daughter, some of which was shot at Prague’s Barrandov studios. The stereotype of the Finns’ sullenness (which, by the way, is not entirely based on truth), is brought to the fore in The Grump. Our Day & Date releases include Norwegian Ninja, reviving the tradition of science-fiction B movies and set in the Norwegian milieu. The Norwegians don’t tend to shy away from challenges, bearing witness to which is the highly popular disaster film The Wave (800,000 visitors). What is more, our festival includes several extraordinary works that were screened within last year’ edition, as we are of the opinion that these top-notch creations deserve to be rerun. Yet Scandi is above all a festival of new films, which sets it apart from other Nordic cinema-focused projects in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Find movies, program and more information at www.scandi.filmeurope.eu.