Nouvelle vague nordique08-03 2012
Simon och ekarna - English title is Simon and the Oaks (watch trailer) - directed by Lisa Ohlin and written by Linda Aronson, Marnie Blok and Lisa Ohlin following the book by Marianne Fredriksson was garnered 13 nominations at the annual Guldbagge Swedish film awards - quite the candidate to open the fourth Ciné Nordica festival from March 7 to 12 at the Cinéma du Panthéon in Paris!
Ciné Nordica is France’s only Scandinavian cinema festival. This year the festival will screen 18 feature films.
From Sweden, also to be screened is the excellent and very un-politically correct Play directed by Ruben Östlund (who also co-wrote the film with Erik Hemmendorff) and Sebbe (trailer) by Barak Najafi, a first feature than won best film at the Guldbagge Awards in 2011. There will also be a screening of the winner of The Nordic Council's Film Prize 2011, Beyond (trailer) directed by Pernilla August.
Norway will be on show with the worrying Babycall (trailer) written and directed by Pål Sletaune starring Noomi Rapace and with Happy Happy (trailer) directed by Anne Sewitsky and written by Ragnhild Tronvoll. Happy Happy is the winner at Sundance last year.
Norway's final contribution is the remarquable Oslo, August 31st (trailer) by director Joachim Trier - already showing succesfully in French cinemas since its release last Wednesday by.
Joachim Trier's previous film, Reprise, will also be screened alongside two films directed by his grandfather Erik Løchen: The Chasers and Objection. The Norwegian selection is to be completed by King of Devil’s Island by Marius Holst.
Denmark will bring Parisian cinephiles the chilling Beast (trailer) written and directed by Christoffer Boe, Labrador (English title is Out of Bounds) by Frederikke Aspöck written by Daniel Dencik, and The Truth About Men [(trailer) directed by Nicolaj Arcel and co-written with Lars Kaalund and Rasmus Heisterberg, who was recently honoured with two awards in Berlin for his last opus A Royal Affair (trailer).
Iceland will also be at the festival with Volcano by Rúnar Rúnarsson, Brim (Undercurrent) by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson (who last year won Best Film in his country), and Jitters by Baldvin Zophoniasson.
Finally, Finland will screen The Good Son (trailer) by Zaida Bergroth (seven nominations at the Jussi Awards), and Marjane Satrapi will on Thursday present her Nordic film of choice: Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman.
So, if you happen to be in Paris and in the mood for some Nordic wave - head for Cinéma du Panthéon!