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SCANORAMA – European Film Forum – will take place in Vilnius 6th-16th November. In Kaunas 13th-23th, November.
I have selected the most positive Scandinavian (got to love the sound of the languages) movies to watch this year, if you feel like this might be interesting for you as well, check those out:
Despite their weekly training sessions the volleyball ladies The Optimists (66-98) have not played a match for 30 years. Now this is exactly the plan. But against whom? Rumours say there is a group of handsome Swedish gentlemen across the border. Goro (98) is the Queen of the team with her will power and purple Converse shoes. Laughter is their match strategy.
2013, 91 min.
Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman built his house in the mid 1960’s, choosing to withdraw from Stockholm, to an island in the Baltic Sea. Throughout his life, the exact location of the house was a well- guarded secret. Here the demon director would live and shoot some of his seminal films until his death in 2007. Trespassing Bergman takes you to Bergman’s mystical home in the company of great directors such as Michael Haneke, Claire Denis and the Ale- jandro González Iñárritu. The documentary tells the story of Ingmar Bergman, his island and some of his most central films.
A love story between two young men where one is the androgynous Sebastian and another is Andreas who is not gay. They form a unity. It’s them against the polished Swedish Ikea-society. They dream about escaping boredom and the risk of becoming what everyone else is. And then there is Ellie – the superwoman growing inside of Sebastian whom Andreas loves and fears. This is the summer when everything happens and both of them will choose paths that will determinate their lives forever. It’s a battle for love where Sebastian finally has to realise that he has to let Ellie loose, find the strength within him and not let his happiness depend on someone else.
2014, 80 min.
A young journalist is on the last chance, both in his job and his relationship because of his drinking problem. He decides to try to save the relationship by taking the girlfriend to a hotel in the Eastern Iceland to get peace and some space with her. But as this is decided, his boss makes him two choices, to keep the job and work the weekend or lose the job to hang out with the girlfriend. At least he tries to strike two birds with one stone, but we’ll see how that goes.
2013, 90 min.
Seeking shelter from the trials and tribulations of city life, Hugi has built a quiet existence for himself in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. Here, he passes his days jogging, attending AA meetings and taking Portuguese lessons online. But when Hugi’s estranged, boozy father shows up out of the blue, the precarious balance he has worked so hard to achieve is tested to the limit.
Iceland, France, Dublin
2014, 98 min.
Filmmaker Johannes and his wife, schoolteacher Signe, experience the biggest sorrow and misfortune one can ever imagine. Nevertheless, in all the hopelessness they must try to reach for mutual and mature love in order to continue life after death. Director Nils Malmros is one of Danish films most significant personalities and during the last forty years his characters have always had a strong autobiographical element. Being his most personal film to date, Sorrow & Joy is no exception.
2013, 107 min.
A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life… The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway
2014, 118 min.
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