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 […]

Åke Sandgren New Commissioner of the DFI

The Danish Film Institute has appointed Åke Sandgren as new film commissioner with a special focus on children and youth films. Sandgren takes on his new position from 1 September. Åke Sandgren graduated as a director from the National Film School of Denmark in 1982. Since his debut feature film, “Miracle in Valby” (1989), Sandgren […]

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 Animated Short Lars von Trier Made When He Was 11

Words like “adorable” and “cute” don’t come readily to mind when talking about Danish director Lars von Trier, but that’s exactly how you can describe the stop motion animated film he made when he was 11 years old. Sure, you can also describe the two-minute short — Turen til Squashland: En Super Pølse Film (The Trip to Squash Land: […]