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, […]

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Change to the ‘Call for Papers’

Last month I sent out a questionnaire asking about the content in the Cinema Scandinavia magazine. The majority of responses mentioned wanting articles about festivals, interviews, or reviews of new releases. It seemed there was a general consensus that people wanted up-to-date information about Nordic cinema. After some thought, there is going to be some restructuring […]

Shamitabh: the first Bollywood film to be shot in the Finnish Lapland

When Amitabh Bachchan and R. Balki get together they always create something amazing if not unforeseen for the eyes of the audience. Now Shamitabh is on its way, and while there is not much known about this movie, we have come to know that it is going to be the first Bollywood film to be […]

Scandinavian Film Festival brings Nordic noir down under

Denmark is the happiest country on Earth. Never mind the weather; according to numerous studies – including the European Union’s “Eurobarometer” well-being survey, the Gallup World Poll, the United Nations’ World Happiness Survey and Oprah Winfrey – life in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is exactly that. Finns, on the other hand, have the world’s best education […]

Nordic Admissions: Slow Summer Start But In Iceland Life is Beautiful

The football World Cup and early invasion of Hollywood tentpole films are putting pressure on local films across the Nordic region, except in Iceland where Life in a Fishbowl (pictured – Vonarstraeti) has become the best-selling film of 2014. After six weeks on screens, the multiple layered drama directed by Baldvin Z was still third […]

One of top Nordic filmmakers, Dome Karukoski, talks neo-Nazis and iconic gay artist

“Are you a f*cking foreigner?” the tight-knit group of troubled young men in a boys’ home ask the taciturn newcomer, Juhani, in the 2008 Finnish film The Home of Dark Butterflies (Tummien perhosten koti). Later that night, they urinate on him as a way of showing him his place. It was Dome Karukoski’s second film as director, […]

Finnish Film Foundation Production Support June 2014

  The Finnish Film Foundation has granted production support to the following feature-length films:   Feature-length fiction:   LAPLAND ODYSSEY 2 (NAPAPIIRIN SANKARIT 2)   It’s been three years since we last met Janne (Jussi Vatanen) and Inari (Pamela Tola).  After that, they’ve had a daughter named Lumi. Janne meets up with his old friends […]