Explore the new and nostalgic Nordic cinematic showcase in London this December!
The 4th edition of Day for Night’s Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK with three London premieres included in its magnanimous festival programme, with the support of The Embassy of Denmark and Iceland, the Republic of Fritz Hansen, Jarlsberg, The Finnish Institute in London and Skandium. The event takes place from Friday 4th December until Sunday 13th December 2015 across four London venues: The Regent Street Cinema, Bertha DocHouse, Birkbeck Cinema and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
The cultural history from the Nordic region has been woven into a variety of narratives from critically acclaimed dramas to the contemporary, international popular Nordic Noir genre. The landscapes, inter-Nordic politics and social differences that govern Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland define each country as more than a collective “Nordic” entity or so-called “Scandinavia”. Not only from film and television, but the lifestyle and cuisine from these countries has also been welcomed in the UK with a similar fascination. Here, at Day for Night’s festival, cinephiles and “Nordophiles” alike will be treated to an enlightening experience of Nordic culture – from celebrated fiction and innovation in film to the raw and candid glimpse into the reality.
The NFF first launched in London in 2012 by the London-based independent film company Day and Night. The company and its specialised enterprise have since preserved a niche place in the industry by exhibiting and curating culturally diverse accomplishments in cinema. The 20th anniversary of the Danish artistic movement Dogme95 receives an esteemed honour, complimented by an array of documentaries from fresh new talent. On Thursday 10th December, a special dedication to the first Dogme95 film – Festen (1998), directed by Thomas Vinterberg – will take place with a free screening, along with a talk by Dr. Claire Thomson, UCL Scandinavian Studies. The evening will also present the short Nylon, as part of the Danish Film Institute’s rising talent platform: New Danish Screen.
The London premieres on show this year include: Christina Rosendahl’s politically-laced thriller The Idealist starring Søren Malling (Borgen – 2010-2013, The Killing I – 2007, 1864 – 2014 and A Hijacking – 2012) and Thomas Bo Larsen (The Hunt – 2012 and Festen – 1998), Gothenburg Film Festival’s Dragon award-winner for Best Nordic Film and the FIPRESCI award-winning In Your Arms - Samanou A. Sahlstrøm’s tragic and unconventional love story, in addition to Jörn Donner’s Armi Alive! A film which charts the life of the Finnish founder of the Marimekko design house: Armi Ratia. Filmmaker Andreas Johnsen also uncovers a personal portrait of the controversial imprisonment of activist and artist in Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. The indigenous community in Norway’s Northern-most tip is also significantly spotlighted in the sincere collection of 7 Sami Stories. All of these and much more to see!
Festival-goers can also take advantage of a special discounted shopping experience with “Marimekko surprises” in store at the Central London Republic of Fritz Hansen in Margaret Street on Saturday 5th December for a “Scandi Sip & Shop”, in partnership with Skandium.
So discover the classic and cutting-edge culture that the Nordic countries have to offer on the big screen and go beyond to experience uncharted cinema!
Day for Night presents the Nordic Film Festival 2015 from 4th – 13th December in Central London