Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scandinavian Films Airing at this year's EU Film Festival in Vancouver

The EU Film Festival is coming up (http://eufilmfestival.com/) and there are some big names in the line-up!

There are three award-winning Vancouver Premiere Scandinavian films in the festival this year:

Sweden: Johan Kling’s Darling on Friday, November 27 – 7:00 pm. Darling won Swedish Oscars for Best Actor (Segerström) and Cinematography, and was awarded the Swedish film critics’ prize for best Swedish feature of 2007. “An elegant picture . . . With an ace performance by newcomer Michelle Meadows, Darling, a dark comedy about morals and manners in Stockholm, should entrance audiences . . . Meadows is a joy to behold” (Gunnar Rehlin, Variety). http://eufilmfestival.com/night01_09.htm#sweden

Denmark: Natasha Arthy’s Fighter on Sunday, November 29 – 6:30pm. “A fresh spin on cross-cultural romance . . . Boasts an appealingly feisty heroine and high-energy martial arts action . . . The first Danish action film to employ international stunt and wire specialists” (Alissa Simon, Variety). http://eufilmfestival.com/night03_09.htm#denmark

Finland: Petri Kotwica’s Black Ice on Tuesday, December 1 – 7:00pm. Black Ice has screened at over 40 film festivals and won Jussi Awards (the Finnish Oscars) for Best Film, Director, Script, Actress (Mäenpää) and Editing. “Petri Kotwica’s darkly inventive second film, Black Ice, tries to be at one and the same time a Hitchcockian thriller, a horror version of a Feydeau farce, and an intense marriage drama of love, betrayal and jealousy in the tradition of Ingmar Bergman. Although this does sound like an indigestible cocktail, the mood of highly-charged dramatic and sexual tension is so well sustained, the script turns are managed with such bravura, and the three central performances are so mesmerising that Kotwica almost gets away with his hugely ambitious gameplan” (Lee Marshall, Screen Daily). http://eufilmfestival.com/night05_09.htm#finland

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