Nordic Film Festival

Nordic Film Festival

Nordic Film Festival returns to the UK, 26 Nov – 7 Dec, Touring: Dec 2014, for its 3rd edition showcasing a diverse mix of new and classic features, docs & shorts from the Nordic region including 3 UK premieres and 2 London premieres

Building on the overwhelming success of the first and second editions of Nordic Film Festival which launched in London in 2012, NFF returns to the capital this 26 November to 7 December before going on tour to venues across the UK in December 2014. NFF 2014 brings together a refreshing programme of features, docs & shorts from some of the most celebrated established and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region.

The 3rd Nordic Film Festival will take place across four principle London venues before going on tour to Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre and Broadway, Nottingham. NFF is thrilled to announce it will be continuing partnership with central London venue the ICA, and excited to welcome on board three new venues: Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End and canal-side events space The Proud Archivist in Haggerston.

The theme of this year’s festival is “horizons”, exploring the diverse and ever-expanding landscape of Nordic culture through cinema – from explorations and journeys of (self-)discovery (KON-TIKI, HOTEL), to cross-cultural experiences (I AM YOURS) and collaborations (CPH:LAB shorts, NORDIC FACTORY).

Nordic Film Festival welcomes new sponsors Café Kaizen which will host the festival party on 5 December, and hotel partner, Hotel St Ermin. The festival is grateful to the Embassy of Iceland and the Royal Danish Embassy, London for their financial support.

This year’s festival introduces new strand: ‘Architecture, Design & the City’, within which internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson makes another NFF appearance in a documentary about the legacy of Lego and the building of a stunning Icelandic landmark, HARPA: FROM DREAM TO REALITY. This event will be followed by a reception kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Iceland, Denmark.

Highlights include a preview of Iram Haq’s powerful debut I AM YOURS (Norway 2013) ahead of release (30 January 2015) starring Amrita Acharia and Ola Rapace (seen recently in BBC4’s Crime of Passion series), Icelandic black comedy PARIS OF THE NORTH and Lisa Langseth’s follow up to the outstanding PURE, HOTEL, seeing her team up again with Alicia Vikander.

The festival is delighted to be welcoming lead actor of PARIS OF THE NORTH, Björn Thors, among other guests.



Full programme:



(Jeg er din)

Iram Haq | Norway 2013 | 96m | Norwegian/Swedish/Urdu + English subtitles | advised cert 15 | opening film

A moving portrayal of a young woman’s struggle with love, motherhood and being caught between two cultures.


26 Nov   Hackney Picturehouse (London)

1 Dec   Glasgow Film Theatre

2 Dec   Arthouse Crouch End (London)

10 Dec   Filmhouse (Edinburgh)

14 Dec   Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle)

16 Dec   Broadway (Nottingham)



(París norðursins)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson | Iceland/Denmark/France 2014 | 98m| Icelandic + English subtitles | advised cert 15 | London premiere

Set against Iceland’s stunning West Fjords, thisbleakly comic tale sees thirty-something Hugi’s life turned upside down when his estranged father arrives in town.


30 Nov   ICA (London) + intro by lead actor Björn Thors

1 Dec   ArtHouse Crouch End (London) + Q&A with lead actor Björn Thors

8 Dec   Glasgow Film Theatre

15 Dec   Broadway (Nottingham)

16 Dec   Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle)

17 Dec   Filmhouse (Edinburgh)



Joachim Rønning/Espen Sandberg | Norway/Denmark/Germany/Sweden 2012 | Norwegian/Swedish/French/English + English subtitles |118m | advised cert 15

This epic global tale of bravery, camaraderie and sheer determination follows the 1947 expedition of Thor Heyerdahl across the Pacific Ocean.


3 Dec   ArtHouse Crouch End (London)



Ani Simon-Kennedy| Iceland 2013 | 78m | advised cert 15

With a nod to the tradition of silent cinema, Icelandic band Hjaltalín’s award-winning soundtrack set the tone for this atmospheric tale of hunters, outsiders and a society bound by strict rules.


11 Dec   Filmhouse (Edinburgh)



Andreas Johnsen | Denmark 2013 | 86m | Mandarin + English subtitles | advised cert 15 | London premiere

Detained for alleged tax evasion, artist and political dissident Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in a prison cell. Danish filmmaker Andreas Johnsen (Kidd Life, 2012) digs deep to document the ensuing high-profile court battle.

27 Nov   Hackney Picturehouse (London)

15 Dec   Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle)

18 Dec   Broadway (Nottingham)



Sundays (Kræsten Kusk/Denmark and Natalia Garagiola/Argentina)

Listen (Hamy Ramezan/Finland and Rungano Nyoni/Zambia)

Void (Milad Alami/Denmark and Aygul Bakanova/Kyrgyzstan)

The Girl and the Dogs (Selma Vilhunen/Finland and Guillaume Mainguet/France)

2014 | 60m | Danish + Englsh subtitles | advised cert 15 | UK premiere

Nordic Factory is a collaborative project between young filmmakers in which each film is influenced by the coming together of different cultures and cinematic styles. Featuring Lars Mikkelsen (Borgen), Signe Egholm Olsen (Borgen) and Dar Salim (The KillingBorgenA Hijacking).


29 Nov   ICA (London)

15 Dec   Glasgow Film Theatre



Petri Luukkainen | Finland 2013 | 80m | Finnish + English subtitles | cert 15

Docudrama about a filmmaker’s one year experiment in creative living, locking away all his possessions in storage…


4 Dec   ArtHouse Crouch End (London)




Lisa Langseth | Sweden 2013 | 97m I Swedish + English subtitles I advised cert 15 |closing film

Successful young professional Erika resorts to an ill-suited therapy group after her life takes an abrupt turn in this honest and at times humorous exploration of the human psyche.


7 Dec   Hackney Picturehouse (London)

17 Dec   Broadway (Nottingham)

18 Dec   Filmhouse (Edinburgh)

22 Dec   Glasgow Film Theatre


CPH:LAB presents


La Isla

Dominga Sotomayor/Katarzyna Klimkiewicz | Chile/Poland 2013 | 30m | advised cert 15


Not At Home

Katja Adomeit/Sharbhanoo | Sadat Denmark/Germany/Afghanistan) | 60m | advised cert 15


Courtesy of CPH:DOX

Collaboration with leading Danish documentary festival CPH:DOX, with a shorts programme from their CPH:LAB initiative.


7 Dec  The Proud Archivist (London)




Special Event: Architecture, Design & the City

followed by Icelandic Reception

From Denmark to Iceland – a programme of on architecture, design and the city, featuring Nordic creative talents Bjarke Ingels, Olafur Eliasson and others.


30 Nov   The Proud Archivist (London)



Jude Ho | courtesy of BBC2 | UK 2014 | 29m | advised cert PG

Documentary narrated by Tom Dyckhoff, exploring the influence of the familiar, nostalgic little coloured bricks on some of today’s most imaginative and revolutionary architectural projects.



Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir| Iceland 2012 | 70m | advised cert PG

Documentary about Reykjavik’s first purpose-built concert hall, featuring conversations with the mind behind the building’s majestic façade, internationally renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.



  1. Kjell Grede | Sweden 1967 | 82m | Swedish + English subtitles | cert U

One summer in the Swedish countryside, Josephine, the pastor’s daughter, and Hugo, a boy who fends for himself in the woods nearby, join ranks in search of adventure. From the Cinema of Childhood touring season.


7 Dec The Proud Archivist (London)



Hackney Picturehouse (E8 1HE) / 26-27 Nov, 7 Dec


ICA (SW1Y 5AH) 29-30 Nov


The Proud Archivist (N1 5ET) 30 Nov, 7 Dec


Arthouse Crouch End (N8 9BT) 1-4 Dec



14-18 Broad St, Nottingham NG1 3AL



88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ


Glasgow Film Theatre

12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB


Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim St. Newcastle NE1 6QG

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