Carlsberg Scandinavian Film Festival presented by Palace
Some of the best films to come out of the Nordic Region over the past year touch down at Palace Cinemas, Palace Nova Cinemas and Luna Palace Cinemas this July for a deep dive into the cinematic psyche of Northern Europe.
Running July 12 – August 10, this year’s festival features films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The program ranges from comedies to thrillers, modern day docu-dramas to historical sagas, along with the Scandi Screen Sirens program showcasing some much-loved international classics.
Opening the Festival is the Australian premiere of lavish historical drama Margrete – Queen of the North. The film goes back to 1402, when Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) has united Denmark, Norway and Sweden under the rule of her adopted son, but the path to a secure future lies in an alliance with England – and the forces aligned against her will never let that happen.
This year’s Special Presentation is Finland’s The Woodcutter’s Story, which was selected for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival Critic’s Week. It tells the story of Pepe (Jarkko Lahti) an optimistic woodcutter from a small town, who seems to know a secret about life’s existence.
Other highlights include the documentary Nordic by Nature, which looks at a two-star Michelin restaurant on the isolated Faroe Islands; the visually striking teen ADHD romantic drama So Damn Easy Going; Quake, about a single mother trying to secretly piece her life back together after an accident wipes her memory; and The New Land, the Max von Sydow classic chosen as the Festival’s closing night film, in celebration of its 50th anniversary.
This year’s Scandi Screen Sirens program showcases a number of much-loved international classics, including Casablanca (starring Ingrid Bergman), Queen Christina (Great Garbo), The Serpent’s Egg (Liv Ullman) and The Wicker Man (Britt Ekland).
Melbourne, Sydney and Perth will also host special event screenings (including Scandinavian nibbles, wine and Carlsberg beer) of Tuesday Club, the heartwarming tale of friendship, second chances and fresh starts.
The festival tours through Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Byron Bay.
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