The Scandinavian Film Festival is about to hit our shores and will screen Australia-wide as follows. Sydney 8 - 26 July, Melbourne 9 - 26 July, Canberra 14 - 26 July, Brisbane 16 - 26 July, Byron Bay 17 - 23 July, Adelaide 22 - 29 July, Perth 23 - 29 July and Hobsons Bay 23 - 29 July. The participating cinemas in Melbourne are Palace Cinema Como and Palace Brighton Bay. You'll find dramas, comedies and thrillers from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
Here is Harold - comedy/drama 88 mins long, Norwegian/Swedish.
The Opening Night film is 'Here is Harold'. A Norwegian road movie, it's about Harold who has been running a successful business 'Lunde Furniture'. However this comes to an end when IKEA decides to open a new superstore right next door to his small furniture shop. Angry, he wants revenge and decides to kidnap the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad. Unfortunately, his nemesis is quite happy to be kidnapped.
Opening night celebrations are at Palace Cinema Como on Thursday 9 July with a 6.30pm reception followed by a 7pm screening and an after-party of cake, wines, Nordic flavours, Castello cheese and entertainment. Tickets are $45 for Palace Movie Club Members and $50 for General Admission. CLICK HERE for tickets.
'Young Sophie Bell' - drama, 85 mins long, Swedish.
As a 'special event' Aesop presents Amanda Adolfsson's acclaimed debut feature, Young Sophie Bell, complemented by a short Aesop film produced in collaboration with Peter Farago and Ingela Klemetz Farago. The feature is about best friends Sophie and Alice and their exciting move to Berlin after high school graduation. However when Alice suddenly disappears Sophie is confronted with retracing Alice's steps through Berlin. This leads her on a life-changing journey that will open her eyes to a world of independence. She will grow from this as she discovers the beautiful, the sensual and the poetic, coupled with the brutal, the murky and the grim.
This special event will be at Palace Cinema Como on Wednesday 22 July with a 6.30pm reception and 7pm screening. Tickets are $22 for Palace Movie Club Members and $26 for General Admission. CLICK HERE for tickets.
'Underdog' - drama, 97 mins long, Norwegian/Swedish
Another 'special event', Underdog, this festival's highlight is a tender human drama that highlights class and immigration issues and stars Bianca Kronlöf as 23-year-old Dino, one of thousands of young Swedish émigrés searching for work in Oslo. Her new life is caught up in a destructive loop of casual jobs, money problems and hard partying, until she gets a job as a housekeeper for a rich ex-sportsman. During the few summer weeks she finds herself in the middle of an odd and intense love triangle.
Actress and comedian Bianca Kronlöf will be at this Q&A event which will follow after the special screening of Underdog. This event will be at Palace Cinema Como on Friday 10 July with a 6.30pm screening. General Admission prices apply. CLICK HERE for tickets.
The last of 3 'special events' All Inclusive is about Lise who reluctantly travels to celebrate her 60th birthday in Malta with her daughters after her husband leaves her. The two sisters, Ditte, sexy and chaotic, and Sigrid, the sensible older sister, do not see eye to eye on how to cheer their dejected mother up as they stubbornly fight over her love and attention. Along comes a dexterous bartender named Antonio and everything becomes even more complicated in this hilarious whirlwind summer holiday full of laughs, jealousy, love, lies and disco.
This special event will be at Palace Cinema Como on Tuesday 14 July with a 6.15pm reception and 7pm screening. Tickets are $24 for Palace Movie Club Members and $28 for General Admission. There'll be summer cocktails, Danish sandwiches and lively music to set the mood at the pre-film reception. CLICK HERE for tickets.
Closing night Swedish/Italian 114min documentary - Ingrid Bergman: In her own words.
The closing night documentary is a 114 min long Swedish Italian production of an intimate portrait of the luminous diva and beloved European import to Hollywood. An intimate portrait that spans the significant periods of Ingrid Bergman's career. The Swedish, Hollywood and Italian period, combined with never before seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with Bergman's children, daughters Pia Lindström, Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini, and son Renato Rossellini.
You can download the program HERE or view it online for the full festival line up. For Melbourne CLICK HERE, Sydney HERE, Canberra and Brisbane HERE, Perth and Adelaide HERE and Byron Bay and Hobart HERE