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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Nordic answer to Forrest Gump: BBC Review of the 100 Year Old Man

It’s an eccentric tale with an even more arresting title. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared, by author Jonas Jonasson, sold six million copies and has been translated into 38 languages since it was originally published in his native Sweden in 2009. Now it’s hoped the story will […]

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 […]

Radio play as theatre, TV series as dance at Bergman Week

When US theatre company Demon Theater performed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s 1951 radio play The City on stage on Sunday (29 June), it concluded the 11thBergman Week on the island of Fårø – an annual homage looking at Bergman’s artistry from all angles. Dance was also involved as one of this year’s themes: Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman presented a dance installation, based on […]