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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trailer out for ‘The Absent One’

THE ABSENT ONE is the second installment in the Department Q franchise based on the bestselling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen and stars Nikolaj Lie Kaas (A SECOND CHANCE, 2014) and Fares Fares (TYRANT, 2014- and ZERO DARK THIRTY, 2013). The two reunite as Carl and Assad and will be joined by acclaimed actors Pilou Asbæk […]

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 […]