Palace Cinemas once again presents the Scandinavian Film Festival, which showcases the best from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. If you haven't had a chance to get a hardcopy, click here for the full online programme. Since its inception in 2014, it's become one of the fastest growing cultural event in Australia. With a strong lineup of 21 films this year, Festival Guests include Danish actress Julie Christiansen and Iranian-born Danish filmmaker Mehdi Avaz. Both guests are intrinsically connected to Avaz's debut film While We Live, with Christiansen in her role as Trine, won the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actress, receiving her second Danish Academy Award nomination. An unprecedented hit in Denmark, it's been dubbed the best Danish debut in decades.
While We Live premieres in Australia at this year's festival, and our guests will be in Sydney and Melbourne to attend selected events which they'll introduce, followed by a Q&A. These special events go fast, so be sure to grab your tickets so as not to miss out. It's been nominated five times at the Danish Academy Awards and is a drama inspired by true events. Devastation and erosion follows the lives of four people in Northern Denmark, after a tragic accident. Filmmaker Avaz has structured an intricate narrative that goes in and out of past and present as it peels back layers of buried emotions.
Another compelling drama where a Norwegian teen clashes with the traditional values of her Pakistani emigrant parents in What Will People Say, is a must see winner of the Audience Award at the 2018 Göteborg Film Festival. It's harrowing, hard hitting and eye-opening as the life of a young teenager comes crashing down. In the name of love, a father takes drastic action that'll trigger emotions and spark debates with the audience; in order to protect his daughter from 'shameful' ways as she leads her dual modern and cultural lives. Gripping, this is Iram Haq's evocative semi-autobiographical and multi-award-winning story of family, community and culture. It's a kidnapping, by her own father.
For something a little lighter, A Horrible Woman features Marie, a controlling and manipulative girlfriend in this new comedy that won Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress at the Danish Academy Awards (Robert Festival) 2018. This clever comedy explores a dysfunctional relationship as seen from the boyfriend's point of view. Giving a tour-de-force performance, Amanda Collin is Marie to whom Rasmus (Anders Juul) is instantly drawn, until she reveals her true nature. Is she the possessive and manipulative nightmare, the horrible one? Or is it his complacency that's causing his own despair? Decide for yourself. It could be the best, or worst, date night film this festival.
From multi-award winning Icelandic black comedy Opening Night films to special events like Amateurs, this Festival has it all. Head to the website for all information and details, and don't forget to take advantage of group bookings for 20 people or more, or school groups for 20 students or more. Keep up with the conversation where details are current and updated and snippets of information interact and flow on Facebook. Check out their event pages for individual events and narratives.