SCANDI, a showcase of contemporary Nordic films, will return to the big screen for the ninth time in the second half of January. It will present 9 premieres and 3 special screenings from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. SCANDI will take place between 24 and 31 January in 6 cinemas across Bratislava.
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⭐️ The main star of this year’s Scandi will be director Erik Poppe, one of the most appreciated contemporary Norwegian filmmakers!
? Not only has he made the spectacular historical narrative EMIGRANTS, which will be the opening film of the year, but also a one-off reconstruction of Breivik’s terrorist attack called UTÉYA, 22. JULY or the war biopic drama KINGS OF DISAPPEARANCE, which was the biggest box office hit of the year in Norway and appeared on the Oscar shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film His film A THOUSAND NIGHTS A GOOD NIGHT, partly autobiographical and based on his experiences as a war photojournalist, won the Special Jury Prize at the Montreal Film Festival.
Finnish horror, mixing the bizarre, satire. Twelve-year-old high school student Tinja desperately tries to please her mother, a woman obsessed with presenting a picture-perfect family life through her popular blog. One night, however, Tinja finds a strange egg. She hides it and keeps it warm. And when it hatches, she discovers that what hatches from it is incredible…
? Another picture from this year’s Scandi line-up: Bombastic Johan! A Norwegian film with explosive humour and the strangest protagonist far and wide, set in a fishing village where no fishing boat can be found. Bombastic Johan is a black comedy about the life of Johan, a small-town loner with a passion for dynamite who finds himself in constant conflict with his diverse village All his life he struggles to find his place in society and to invent an unrequited love for the neighborhood girl he nearly tore apart at a young age.
ALL MY LETTERS BURN:
The story of how passion, jealousy, and anger affect a 70-year relationship that spans multiple generations. All My Letters Burn is directed by internationally acclaimed director Björn Runge (The Wife, 2017). This passionate drama spanning generations brings together international stars Bill Skarsgård (It: Chapters 1 and 2, 2019), Asta Kamma August (The Pact, 2021) and Gustav Lindh (Horsemen of Justice, 2021). The stellar cast is matched by period main characters Sven, Karin and Olof. Sverrir Gudnason (Borg vs. McEnroe, 2017) and Sonja Richter (The Day We Died, 2020) also appear in the cast.
A rebellious teenage girl placed in foster care suspects her father is not dead but has been abducted. She is determined to find out the truth with the help of the UFO Association. The story of a rebellious teenage girl placed in foster care who suspects that her father is not dead, but has been abducted by a UFO. With the help of the UFO Association Sweden she is determined to find out the truth. The story is set in the 1990s in a small Swedish town. The production company Crazy Pictures was inspired by the association “UFO Sweden”, which manages the largest UFO archive in the world in Sweden – the Archive for Unexplained Phenomena. The film is visually reminiscent of the famous E.T. (1982) and thematically close to Interstellar (2014) and Contact (1997).
I’M SICK OF MYSELF:
In this dark, satirical comedy, director Kristoffer Borgli depicts a toxic relationship that quickly escalates to frightening new levels of narcissistic self-presentation. Signe and Thomas are a young couple with a mutually unhealthy competitiveness that takes a dangerous turn when Thomas suddenly asserts himself as a contemporary artist. In response, Signe makes a desperate, almost self-destructive attempt to regain her status by deliberately making herself sick in order to attract attention and sympathy to her side. Kristoffer Borgli brilliantly satirizes the self-presentational tendencies in contemporary media and the attention-seeking impulse in all of us.
As the Spanish flu epidemic spreads across the continent, a priest and his son return home to their family in the Norwegian countryside from missionary service in Madagascar. The priest is given the task of deciding on the location of a new church for the local mining company. They are to build it on an old Saami burial ground. When the priest decides to have the human remains dug up and removed, the dead come back to life and haunt the settlers. Although the story is set in the early 20th century, its mission is eerily timely. For its starting point is the Spanish flu epidemic, against the backdrop of which the film reveals the darkness of human nature under unmanageable pressure. Self-taught, acclaimed director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken has an impressive collection of feature-length thrillers under his belt, and this time he’s taken on a horror drama. His feature debut The Homecoming (2015) was Norway’s official Oscar nominee.
SUMMER LIGHT AND THEN COMES THE NIGHT:
Iceland’s award-winning director Elfar Adalsteins has made a drama about a sparsely populated village in Iceland where all the inhabitants live far apart. It is the geographical setting that is ideal for this kind of peculiar, loving and ensemble film about how different, yet similar, we humans are. A story of relationships, sorrows and joys intertwined in the stories of rural people. Based on the book of the same name by the famous Icelandic author Jón Kalman Stefánsson. “I was born and raised in a small fishing village on the east coast of Iceland, so I felt I knew this unique gallery of characters personally. The amazing story world just came alive in my mind and I knew I had to try to get the rights to the novel, so masterfully written by Jón Kalman,” the film director said of the book.
Pierre Anthon and his classmates have just started ninth grade when Pierre Anthon suddenly declares that life has no meaning, quits school, moves to a tree and refuses to climb down. This triggers an existential crisis among his classmates. They decide to gather their most prized possessions and make a “meaning kick” to convince Pierre Anthon that he is wrong. A dangerous, disturbing and controversial study of what really matters begins. What began as an innocent sacrificial act of collecting things of value soon turns into a spiral of psychological violence: the more painful the sacrifice, the more it means and the more is demanded of those next in line. Nothing is a raw and unvarnished story of a group of young people who, confronted with the meaninglessness of life, embark on a journey away from the safety and innocence of childhood. The film is based on Janne Teller’s bestselling novel of the same name, which has been published in 30 countries and sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. The book has been adapted into over 150 different theatrical productions and was eventually made into a feature film.
After a botched and complicated heroin deal, small-time drug dealer Frank loses both his money and his merchandise, and finds himself heavily in debt to Balkan narco-baron Milo. As time passes, the pressure mounts as Frank struggles to repay the money despite Milo’s mounting frustration. Nicolas Winding Refn’s debut The Dealer is an adrenaline-fuelled tour of Copenhagen’s drug world. The Dealer is a 1996 Danish crime thriller written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn in his film debut. It is also the acting debut of well-known Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.
See you at the SCANDI Festival!
Date: 24.01.2023 – 31.01.2023
Start time: 19:00
Admission: 4 – 6 €
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