Father of Four and My Sister’s Children are still kids’ favourites

Both in their fourth generation, the Danish family franchises Father of Four and My Sister’s Kids are still children’s favourites and will shortly launch new instalments – FoF:On a Wild Holiday and MSK: My Gold Rush Adventure, which are both filming in Denmark and Canada. The production of On a Wild Holiday in western Jutland got off to an unhappy start, when lead actress Bodil […]

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson on “Paris of the North”

Filled with deadpan humour and a brilliant soundtrack, Sigurðsson once again tells a story of two people forced together in isolated surroundings. Here Hugi, a teacher in a small village in the east of Iceland, receives a visit from his father, Veigar. While Hugi tries to discover what to do with this life – while […]

Nepali students making short films on Finnish women

Four students from Oscar International College (College of Film Studies), Sukedhara, are producing four different short films, each centered on the situation of women in Finland, upon the initiation of Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Students Sujata Koirala, Sagar Gahatraj, Saroj Shrestha and Romi Tandukar had recently been to Finland with Binod Poudel, […]

The Best of Icelandic Cinema (With Subtitles): Screenings at Bíó Paradís

 In the four years since Bíó Paradís opened, the cinema has become a hub for Icelandic independent films as well as others that would not be shown elsewhere. In 2010, Programme Director Ása Baldursdóttir started ‘Cool Cuts,’ a summer series of Icelandic films with English subtitles. Though certainly a boon for tourists interested in Icelandic […]

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared review: Mark Kermode

There’s a hoary old gag that Scandinavian humour is no laughing matter. Appropriate, then, that this picaresque Swedish revisiting of the central riffs of Forrest Gump offers scant laughs as our explosive anti-hero pinballs his way through the highlights of 20th-century history, his path variously crossing with those of Franco, Stalin, Truman, Oppenheimer and Reagan. Instead we get […]

British Airways Eases Long-Haul Stress With Norwegian 7-Hour Rail Epic

 British Airways planes will screen a seven-hour film showing a rail journey through Norway in real time as its first foray into so-called Slow TV, a genre it says should appeal to long-haul passengers seeking relaxing viewing. Other offerings that could be available alongside the latest computer games, Hollywood blockbusters and television cop shows include knitting, a […]

Icelandic world and European premieres at Karlovy Vary

Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s second feature, Paris of the North, will have its world premiere in competition for the Crystal Globe at the 49thKarlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is unspooling in the Czech Republic from 4-12 July. Screening on 8 July, Sigurdsson’s follow-up to his award-winning Either Way (2011) is part of an Icelandic festival package that […]

Sweden, Denmark, Norway in Running for LUX Prize

  The top ten films in the Official Selection for the LUX Prize 2014 were announced yesterday at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Sweden, Denmark and Norway got the following films included in the selection: White God, by Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary, Germany, Sweden) Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland, Denmark) Turist (Force majeure), by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, Denmark, France, Norway) The […]