Here’s what to look out for at the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2019

Here’s what to look out for at the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2019

The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, presented by Palace, offers a strong and diverse selection of films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland. The program of 21 films will screen in cinemas nationally in Australia from 9 July.

Some of the films that feature at the festival are:

  • Happy Ending: The Festival will open with the cheeky, star-studded Danish comedy, from actress-turned-director Hella Joof. Top Danish actors Birthe Neumann and Kurt Ravn head up the cast, which also includes Mette Munk Plum, Tammi Øst and Scandi FF 2017 guest Charlotte Sieling.
  • A White, White Day: Award-winning director Hlynur Palmason confirms the considerable promise of his multi-award-winning debut Winter Brothers with this spellbinding and darkly humorous new drama about a stoic man whose emotional reserves are pushed to their limits
  • The Purity of Vengeance: Spotlighting Nordic Noir, the highly anticipated fourth and final instalment of the Department Q series is here, which reunites actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares.
  • In accompaniment, the festival will present the previous three cinematic renderings of Jussi Adler Olsen’s blockbuster novels: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), The Absent One (2014), and A Conspiracy of Faith (2016).
  • STIEG Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire: The documentary reveals a man who was determined to protect the endangered principles of democracy and freedom at any cost.
  • In accompaniment, the festival presents a retrospective of the tremendously successful Millennium Trilogy Swedish films: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (2010).

The festival will also offer two special presentations:

  • Out Stealing Horses: Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear-winner is a loving adaptation of Norwegian novelist Per Petterson’s international bestseller starring Stellan Skarsgård. Praised for its powerful evocation of the inner lives of men tormented by their past.
  • One Last Deal: Klaus Härö’s, bittersweet and moving Finnish drama follows an aging art dealer as he is presented with one final opportunity to fix his broken life and reconnect with his estranged daughter and grandson.


Other unmissable Scandinavian highlights include:

  • Sonja – The White Swan: In which Sundance award-winning director Anne Sewitsky reunites with a stunning Ine Marie Wilmann for this engaging portrayal of Norwegian Olympic figure skating champion-turned Hollywood movie star Sonja Henie.
  • Aniara: A starkly beautiful piece of cinema wrought with emotion. Aboard a luxury spaceship named Aniara, a colony of materialistic and consumption-obsessed humans flee the now-destroyed Earth
  • Swoon: Directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein bring an epic and magical tale of love to life, starring Albin Grenholm and Swedish top model Frida Gustavsson and Robert Gustafsson.
  • Sons of Denmark: Nominated for best Nordic film at the 2019 Göteborg Film Festival for its compelling prediction for a dangerous future where different forms of extremism collide.
  • That Time of Year: Multifaceted actor/director Paprika Steen illuminates identifiable Christmas Day family catastrophes with hilarious results.
  • X&Y: Venice Film Festival award-winning artist and filmmaker Anna Odell presents a stimulating exploration of hidden female/male identities featuring a stellar cast hailing from Sweden and Denmark.


The festival also represents the Nordic countries Iceland and Finland with these additional cinematic gems:

  • Let Me Fall: The essential and harrowing addiction drama enjoyed a hugely successful world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was celebrated by critics and audiences alike for the stellar performances and enthralling direction by Baldvin Z.
  • The Violin Player: The impressive directorial debut from award-winning Finnish playwright Paavo Westerberg, who creates a glossy character study of a famous violinist and her young student.
  • Aurora: Proving Nordic cinema is far more than just noir, from the official selection at SXSW Film Festival and a nominee for Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival comes the wicked and tender rom-com, in which commitmentphobic party girl Aurora and Iranian refugee Darian agree to help each other in unconventional but vital ways.


The festival will take place nationally from 9 July in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, and Hobart.

For more information, visit The Scandinavian Film Festival website here.


Event details:

New South Wales
WHEN: July 9 to 31
WHERE: Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Palace Central

WHEN: July 10 to 31
WHERE: Jul Palace Electric

WHEN: July 11 to 31
WHERE: Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Balwyn & Palace Westgarth

South Australia
WHEN: July 16 to August 7
WHERE: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas & Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Western Australia
WHEN: July 17 to August 7
WHERE: Palace Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX

WHEN: July 18 to August
WHERE: Palace James Street and Palace Barracks

WHEN: July 17 to 31
WHERE: Palace Byron Bay

WHEN: July 25 to 31
WHERE: State Cinema

Anisha Mistry

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