The 65th Berlinale experiences a Nordic exposure
An abundance of films from Norway have made their way to the Berlin Film Festival for special presentation screenings. The Berlinale is advertised as: “a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. More than 300,000 sold tickets, almost 20,000 professional visitors from 124 countries.”
The entries from Norway are Ole Giæver and Marte Vold’s Out of Nature about a man who embarks on a life-changing journey whilst hiking in the wilderness, along with an interview with Ole Giæver. Others include Kick it! is a bittersweet tale about a girls’ dream to play soccer, the family drama Homesick, an ex-convict’s struggles to re-integrate back into society in It’s Only Make Believe and Åse Svenheim Drivenes’ documentary portraying a prima ballerina Maiko: Dancing Child to name a few. As part of the ‘NATIVe Indigenous Cinema’ Seven Sàmi Stories is a collection of short films by Sàmi filmmakers from Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Twenty-five Nordic actors have also been chosen to be promoted at the festival. The ‘Northern Lights’ project is acknowledging the popularity of Scandinavian stars breaking into the international market by offering a platform to network.
In addition to Norway’s impressive line-up, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato is a co-production from Finland, together with the Netherlands, Belgium and Mexico which has been entered in to compete for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards. The International Jury is made up of writer, producer and director Darren Aronofsky in the role of President, as well as members including actors Daniel Brühl and Audrey Tautou.
The Berlin Film Festival took place from 5th to 15th February 2015