Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.

Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. VIRTUAL AND VIBRANT The22nd Scandinavian Film Festival L.A./with [email protected] has teamed up with Scandinavia House in New York and gone virtual Jan 7-10 Jan 14-17 and Jan 21-24"Top Films from the Top of Europe"-- www.sffla.net
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Films are a marker of individual and national identity as well as a reminder of our common humanity. Nordic film, taking its place in European and world cinema, has given us an incredible legacy of film making: the films of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden comprise about 10% of all European film, and the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world is in Scandinavia! This incredible body of work deserves to be shared and celebrated in Hollywood - film capital of the world!

Films are a marker of individual and national identity as well as a reminder of our common humanity. Nordic film, taking its place in European and world cinema, has given us an incredible legacy of film making: the films of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden comprise about 10% of all European film, and the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world is in Scandinavia! This incredible body of work deserves to be shared and celebrated in Hollywood - film capital of the world!

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SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL L.A. has partnered with Laemmle Theatres and Magnolia Pictures for a special two for one tick...
04/28/2021

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL L.A. has partnered with Laemmle Theatres and Magnolia Pictures for a special two for one ticket promo for the new film ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from the great Swedish Director Roy Andersson, considered one of the greatest of all living directors. This promotion is available for in theater screenings only between April 30 and May 6, exclusive to friends of SFFLA. (Please show this posting and verify your email address at the ticket window for a two for one ticket at participating Laemmle Theatres (Royal, Playhouse, and Town Center).

Roy Andersson has been a special guest of SFFLA-- and we've screened his "Living" trilogy-- Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007), and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)-- which won the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. He is the only Swedish director and only second Nordic director to win this award.

Let's go back to the movies!! Inoculated, inspired, masked and distanced-- but TOGETHER in front of the big screen once again! Don't miss this opportunity to see Roy Andersson's ENDLESSNESS. For showtimes and locations click here: https://www.laemmle.com/.

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL L.A. has partnered with Laemmle Theatres and Magnolia Pictures for a special two for one ticket promo for the new film ABOUT ENDLESSNESS from the great Swedish Director Roy Andersson, considered one of the greatest of all living directors. This promotion is available for in theater screenings only between April 30 and May 6, exclusive to friends of SFFLA. (Please show this posting and verify your email address at the ticket window for a two for one ticket at participating Laemmle Theatres (Royal, Playhouse, and Town Center).

Roy Andersson has been a special guest of SFFLA-- and we've screened his "Living" trilogy-- Songs from the Second Floor (2000), You, the Living (2007), and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)-- which won the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. He is the only Swedish director and only second Nordic director to win this award.

Let's go back to the movies!! Inoculated, inspired, masked and distanced-- but TOGETHER in front of the big screen once again! Don't miss this opportunity to see Roy Andersson's ENDLESSNESS. For showtimes and locations click here: https://www.laemmle.com/.

ELAC Online Hungarian Animation Day Festival is opens today and runs till April 29th - Cinema Without Borders
04/27/2021
ELAC Online Hungarian Animation Day Festival is opens today and runs till April 29th - Cinema Without Borders

ELAC Online Hungarian Animation Day Festival is opens today and runs till April 29th - Cinema Without Borders

East Los Angeles College, National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive, Hungary’s KEDD Animation Studio, and Cinema and Without Borders Foundation are proud to present Hungarian Animation Day, the seventh edition of the annual East Los Angeles College International Animation Day Festival featu...

SKOL to ANOTHER ROUND!!  IT'S OSCAR GOLD FOR DENMARK--with a big win of  BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!!!!Congratulations t...
04/26/2021

SKOL to ANOTHER ROUND!! IT'S OSCAR GOLD FOR DENMARK--
with a big win of BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!!!!
Congratulations to Director Thomas Vinterberg and his screenplay writing partner Tobias Lindhom-- and the great cast cast members Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, and Magnus Millang. If we have another round-- it's to toast you, one and all!!

SKOL to ANOTHER ROUND!! IT'S OSCAR GOLD FOR DENMARK--
with a big win of BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM!!!!
Congratulations to Director Thomas Vinterberg and his screenplay writing partner Tobias Lindhom-- and the great cast cast members Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, and Magnus Millang. If we have another round-- it's to toast you, one and all!!

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO-- THE FILM FESTIVALS WHO CARRIED ON VIRTUALLY DURING COVID-- AND OUR DEAR AUDIENCE AND SUPPORTERS!...
04/25/2021

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO-- THE FILM FESTIVALS WHO CARRIED ON VIRTUALLY DURING COVID-- AND OUR DEAR AUDIENCE AND SUPPORTERS! I'd like to thank........

AND THE OSCAR GOES TO-- THE FILM FESTIVALS WHO CARRIED ON VIRTUALLY DURING COVID-- AND OUR DEAR AUDIENCE AND SUPPORTERS! I'd like to thank........

"IT'S A GOLD RUSH OUT THERE"NACC LA (Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce L.A.) president Erik Steigen hosted a zoom e...
04/14/2021

"IT'S A GOLD RUSH OUT THERE"
NACC LA (Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce L.A.) president Erik Steigen hosted a zoom event called "Atlantic Crossing: Norwegian Stories and Story Tellers Making Waves in Hollywood" with screen writer Linda May Kallestein, Writer/Directors Silje Hopland Eik and Andrew Eik, and Joachim Rønning of Kon Tiki and Max Magnus fame. (Rønning and the Kon Tiki team were guests of SFFLA in 2012.) Jim Koenig SFFLA Founder/Director posted a question asking if, as unfortunate as COVIC forcing us out of theaters is, are there new opportunities that have happened because of festivals and audiences being forced into virtual formats. Joachim responded "It's a gold rush out there!" Many many projects are being pitched because there is need for content. He also commented that the streaming formats are also giving more opportunity to drama based projects. NACC LA is a promotional partner with SFFLA.

"IT'S A GOLD RUSH OUT THERE"
NACC LA (Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce L.A.) president Erik Steigen hosted a zoom event called "Atlantic Crossing: Norwegian Stories and Story Tellers Making Waves in Hollywood" with screen writer Linda May Kallestein, Writer/Directors Silje Hopland Eik and Andrew Eik, and Joachim Rønning of Kon Tiki and Max Magnus fame. (Rønning and the Kon Tiki team were guests of SFFLA in 2012.) Jim Koenig SFFLA Founder/Director posted a question asking if, as unfortunate as COVIC forcing us out of theaters is, are there new opportunities that have happened because of festivals and audiences being forced into virtual formats. Joachim responded "It's a gold rush out there!" Many many projects are being pitched because there is need for content. He also commented that the streaming formats are also giving more opportunity to drama based projects. NACC LA is a promotional partner with SFFLA.

OSCAR ALERTQua Vadis, Aida? nominated in the the Best International Feature Film Category is a minority co-production wi...
03/17/2021

OSCAR ALERT
Qua Vadis, Aida? nominated in the the Best International Feature Film Category is a minority co-production with Norway with Bosnia and Herzegovina directed by Jasmila Źbanic. The film was financed with funds from the Norwegian Sørfond and is a minority co-production with the Norwegian production company Tordenfilm.

Below:The Norwegian film "Do Not Split" has been nominated for an Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category. Directed by Anders Hammer, the film is about the 2019 Hong Kong protests and draws attention to how freedom of expression and freedom of the press are threatened in Hong Kong. Hammer spent 140 days alone in Hong Kong and followed the riots closely from day to day, and acted as both director and cinematographer for the film as well as doing the sound and being one of two producers. The film was made in collaboration with the American film company Field of Vision and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year. The only Norwegian film nominated for an Oscar out of six Norwegian titles that were shortlisted in their respective categories. Congratulations to all!!

OSCAR ALERT!!!!  CONGRATULATIONS TO DENMARK'S ANOTHER ROUND and DIRECTOR THOMAS VINTERBERG--  The film just brought in T...
03/15/2021

OSCAR ALERT!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO DENMARK'S ANOTHER ROUND and DIRECTOR THOMAS VINTERBERG--

The film just brought in TWO NOMINATIONS -- one for Best International Feature Film and another for Best Director!!!!!

But that's not all-- the Icelandic animated short film YES-PEOPLE, by Gisli Darn Halldorsson, and the song HUSAVIK from the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga which features contributions from Icelanic composer Atli Orvarsson and orchestra Sinfonia Nord, have both been nominated for for Oscars. Yes-People for Best Animated Short Film and Husavik for Best Original Song.

03/12/2021
Force of Habit — Virtual Film Talk with Reetta Aalto & Alli Happasalo

WE ARE VIRTUALLY EXPANDING!!!!
SFFLA and [email protected] enjoyed a coast to coast collaboration with SCANDINAVIA HOUSE IN N.Y.
THE COLLABORATION CONTINUES TO OFFER YOU OPPORTUNITY FOR VIEWING MORE FILMS AT HOME
And BTW: if you enter the code UFFDA you'll get a $3.00 discount--- Ja, sure---

See a virtual film talk with directors Reetta Aalto & Alli Happasalo on the film "Force of Habit (Tottumiskysymys)," screening from March 12-18 as Virtual Cinema! Based on seven short films from Yksittäistapaus (the Force of Habit Anthology Series), which portrays women’s everyday experiences with imbalances of power, "Force of Habit" follows seven different women who experience sexual harassment, judgement, underrating and exclusion throughout the course of one day. How will others react? And is it really possible that these things happen all around us every day? (Get tix in our Events panel.)

Two of the seven directors — Reetta Aalto (Bo***ir) & Alli Haapasalo (No Big Deal) — will discuss the film as well as the anthology series, which consists of "Force of Habit" as well as other short films and campaigns created by 15 filmmakers, artists, researchers and social influencers. The Force of Habit Anthology Series films depict everyday moments that women experience which, despite being seen as normal, prove to be absurd under closer examination.

"Force of Habit" film screenings and talk are organized by ASF and presented in bi-coastal collaboration by Scandinavia House and SFFLA.

02/10/2021

CONGRATULATIONS NORWAY!!!

In a historical series of shortlists, both the feature film Hope, the documentaries Gunda and The Painter and the Thief as well as the short film The Kicksled Choir are now compeeting for the Oscar nominations. Never before have four Norwegian films have been shortlisted in the same year. In addition, My Favorite War continues its work towards a nomination in the category Best Animated Feature Film, and Do Not Split with Norwegian director is shortlisted in the category Best Documentary Short Subject.

Another round of accolades for Arounder Round!  Congratulations!
02/10/2021
'Druk' går videre i Oscar-kapløbet

Another round of accolades for Arounder Round! Congratulations!

Thomas Vinterbergs 'Druk' er udvalgt til en såkaldt shortliste som en af de 15 internationale spillefilm, der har chancen for at opnå en endelig nominering og dermed deltage i verdens mest glamourøse filmfest i Los Angeles den 25 april.

SKOL to Another Round on their Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.  Director Thomas Vinterberg with ...
02/04/2021

SKOL to Another Round on their Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Thomas Vinterberg with Thomas Bo Larsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Lars Ranthe, and Magnus Millang. Below is Mads Mikkelsen with co-star Marie Bonnevie. Both Mikkelsen and Bonnevie have been in theater guests at SFFLA.

01/31/2021

EQUALITY: Great directors were part of the festival-- and more than five were women!

01/24/2021
MY FAVORITE WAR Q&A (Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders)

Check out our film talk with Best Animated Oscar Contender 𝗠𝗬 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗥 (Latvia/Norway) director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, moderated by SVA Animation Department Chair of BFA Animation Hsiang Chin Moe. MY FAVORITE WAR is virtually screening across the U.S. until midnight on Sunday, Jan. 24 as part of the third & final installment of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗧𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: sffla.net
My Favorite War trailer: youtu.be/8BDB55OLUnM
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Third Weekend — Virtual Cinema

01/24/2021
MY FAVORITE WAR Q&A (Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders)

Check out our film talk with Best Animated Oscar Contender 𝗠𝗬 𝗙𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗥 (Latvia/Norway) director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, moderated by SVA Animation Department Chair of BFA Animation Hsiang Chin Moe. MY FAVORITE WAR is virtually screening across the U.S. until midnight on Sunday, Jan. 24 as part of the third & final installment of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗧𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: bit.ly/NordicBalticOscarContenders3
My Favorite War trailer: youtu.be/8BDB55OLUnM
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Third Weekend — Virtual Cinema

01/21/2021
LIFE AFTER DEATH Q&A with dir. Klaus Härö

Join us for a virtual Q&A with 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗔𝗙𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 (Livet efter döden, Finland, 2020) director Klaus Härö, moderated by Scandinavian Film Festival LA director Jim Koenig. LIFE AFTER DEATH is virtually screening across the U.S. this weekend, Thursday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 24 as a new addition to the schedule for the third & final installment of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗧𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: sffla.net
LIFE AFTER DEATH trailer: youtu.be/kcN_RxPyJ78
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Third Weekend — Virtual Cinema
Elämää Kuoleman Jälkeen - Livet efter döden

01/21/2021
ASF + Scandinavia House

Over a period of two decades Finnish Director Klaus Haro is an SFFLA favorite with films like Elina, Mother of Mine, The New Man, Letters to Father Jacob, and The Fencer-- and now, from today through Sunday you can see his latest. We had a chance to talk with Klaus about his latest film LIFE AFTER DEATH. This film is included in your festival pass and individual tickets are available at www.sffla.net.

Join us for a virtual Q&A with 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘 𝗔𝗙𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗗𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗛 (Livet efter döden, Finland, 2020) director Klaus Härö, moderated by Scandinavian Film Festival LA director Jim Koenig. LIFE AFTER DEATH is virtually screening across the U.S. this weekend, Thursday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 24 as a new addition to the schedule for the third & final installment of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗧𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: bit.ly/NordicBalticOscarContenders3
LIFE AFTER DEATH trailer: youtu.be/kcN_RxPyJ78
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Third Weekend — Virtual Cinema
Elämää Kuoleman Jälkeen - Livet efter döden

01/19/2021
Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.

Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.

Join us for a virtual Q&A with Lithuania’s official Academy Awards entry 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗔 𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗔’s director Karolis Kaupinis, moderated by film scholar/curator Lukas Brasiskis. NOVA LITUANIA is virtually screening as part of the second weekend of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, available across the U.S. through Sunday, Jan. 17, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 & 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: sffla.net
Nova Lituania trailer: youtu.be/yU808YE4YSg
✨“An elegant, offbeat fiction that is both steeped in pre-war Lithuanian history and starkly relevant to our current moment.”—Variety
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Second Weekend | Virtual Screenings
Supported by the Lietuvos Respublikos generalinis konsulatas Los Andžele & Lietuvos Generalinis Konsulatas Niujorke/Consulate Gen. of Lithuania in NY.

SFFLA WEEK THREE:  JANUARY 21-24Oscar entered Norwegian/Latvian animated feature:                       MY FAVORITE WARA...
01/18/2021

SFFLA WEEK THREE: JANUARY 21-24
Oscar entered Norwegian/Latvian animated feature: MY FAVORITE WAR
A GREAT program of shorts--
And featuring Finnish Director Klaus Härö' LIFE AFTER DEATH
(Härö's been an SFFLA favorite for twenty years with films like Elina, Mother of Mine, The New Man, Letters to Father Jacob, and The Fencer.) Info and tickets at www.sffla.net (If you have a festival passport it's good for all of these screenings. Individual tickets available from Jan 19 Tuesday)

01/16/2021
NOVA LITUANIA Q&A (Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders)

Join us for a virtual Q&A with Lithuania’s official Academy Awards entry 𝗡𝗢𝗩𝗔 𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗨𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗔’s director Karolis Kaupinis, moderated by film scholar/curator Lukas Brasiskis. NOVA LITUANIA is virtually screening as part of the second weekend of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, available across the U.S. through Sunday, Jan. 17, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 & 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: sffla.net
Nova Lituania trailer: youtu.be/yU808YE4YSg
✨“An elegant, offbeat fiction that is both steeped in pre-war Lithuanian history and starkly relevant to our current moment.”—Variety
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Second Weekend | Virtual Screenings
Supported by the Lietuvos Respublikos generalinis konsulatas Los Andžele & Lietuvos Generalinis Konsulatas Niujorke/Consulate Gen. of Lithuania in NY.

Skol to Danish Director Thomas Vinterberg, who has been a guest at SFFLA in the past. His film "Another Round" was scree...
01/15/2021
Planned Alcoholism in “Another Round” and Weaponized Camp in “The Prom”

Skol to Danish Director Thomas Vinterberg, who has been a guest at SFFLA in the past. His film "Another Round" was screened in the first week of the festival. This article is from the New Yorker Magazine from Dec 21

In Thomas Vinterberg’s new film, melancholy friends experiment with alcohol; in Ryan Murphy’s, Broadway liberals experiment with Indiana.

01/15/2021
Njuokčamat / The Tongues Q&A (Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders)

Join us for a Q&A with the Best Live Action Short Film Academy Award contender 𝗡𝗷𝘂𝗼𝗸𝗰̌𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘁 / 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀 (Norway) directors Marja Bål Nango & Ingir Bål Nango, moderated by Kyle Reinhart, Head of Programs at Scandinavia House. Njuokčamat is virtually screening with the Swedish feature CHARTER as part of the second weekend of the Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders series, available across the U.S. January 14-17, organized by ASF + Scandinavia House and Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.
𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀 & 𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀: bit.ly/NordicBalticOscarContenders2
Njuokčamat -Shortfilm is in Sami with English subtitles.
Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders: Second Weekend | Virtual Screenings
🏆Winner of Best International Short Film at the Palm Springs International ShortFest and Best Director at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
❄️The edge of the reindeers tongue holds all the lies and shall not be eaten. The one who eats it, will be a liar. When a Sami woman is attacked by a man during a blizzard on the tundra while she is herding reindeer, her sister senses that something is wrong, and sets off in search for her. Wrapped in fear and confusion, both women will unite in their fight for revenge.

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Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. Takes Up Annual Residency Jan 17, 18, 24, 25 at WGA Theater in Beverly Hills The 16th Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. (SFFLA) sails into town Jan 17, 18, 24, 25 from across North Atlantic and Baltic waters offering its annual cargo of the representative “latest and best” of Nordic film with offerings from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden along with “Baltic Film Expo at SFFLA” adding films from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia to the program of its annual “cinema cultural exchange” from the top of Europe at the Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny in Beverly Hills, “Call it a cargo of culture, commerce, and collaboration,” says festival founder/director James Koenig. “And we have an exciting program that follows old routes to new worlds and around the North Atlantic/Baltic neighborhood.” An opening night gala buffet Jan 17 (6:30) precedes iconic Swedish Director Roy Andersson’s “A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH CONTEMPLATING EXISTENCE” at 8. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film. SFFLA screened the first two installments of the trilogy, made over a period of 14 years (Songs from the Second Floor, and We the Living) and has had the Andersson as a guest of the festival. The morning of “opening day” kicks off in the at 11 a.m. with Norwegian Director Brunhild Westhagen Magnor’s moving and humorous documentary about an extraordinary women’s volleyball team. The players, all between 66 and 98, might change your ideas on aging. At 1 o’clock IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE from Norwegian Director Arild Ostin Ommundsen offers a tale of love and longing when a mother tries to return to life “on the outside” after serving 10 years in prison for murder.. Bring the whole family at 3 o’clock for Danish Director Ask Hasselbalch’s ANTBOY 2—the REVENGE OF THE RED FURRY! The film is “part 2” of an upbeat kid-flick inspired by the super-hero genre for kids of all ages. Bring kids as a cover. But chances are you’ll enjoy it yourself. The first installment of the hit series opened last year’s festival. At 4:30 Denmark’s 2015 Oscar submission “SORROW AND JOY” from Nils Malmros flanks the opening gala offering the director’s semi-autobiographical story of a journey to find mutual and mature love in the aftermath of a tragic death. Jan 18 opens with two Icelandic films— at 11 o’clock a short WHALE VALLEY from Gudmundur Gudmundson about two brothers living on a small remote fjord in Iceland. The film won “Special mention at Cannes” and Best Short Film at the Hamptons. At 11:15 Icelandic Director Baldwin Zophoniansson’s LIFE IN A FISHBOWL, Iceland’s Oscar entry, weaves the tales of three people whose lives have a lasting effect on one another despite a writer’s efforts to shut himself off from the outside world. At 2:00 p.m. the Danish feature SPEEDWALKING from Niels Arden Oplev offers a coming of age film that is humorous, intense, and evocative with its story about Martin on the brink of a manhood and the symbolic right of passage— confirmation and communion. It’s 1976 and music is in the air and hormones are blossoming— but life changes drastically when Martin’s mother suddenly passes away. At 5 p.m. a powerful Finnish feature film HEART OF A LION from Director Dome Karukoski takes us into the relationships of a Neo-Nazi (Peter Franzen) with the woman he loves, with her bi-racial son, and his with neo-Nazi cohorts that include his half brother. The day’s finale at 7:30 is Norway’s Oscar entry 1001 GRAMS from Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories). Anna, a scientist who specializes in weights and measures, lives a life of precision, rigidity and solitude whose world falls out of perfect alignment when her father, a fellow scientist, suffers a heart attack. Wry and winsome, this beautifully told and thoughtful human story follows Anna on a journey from Norway to France and back, as she attempts to find the right balance in her life. On January 24, the second week commences with a journey into Baltic history — first with an Estonian short IVANIPAEV from Ivan Pavliutskov at 10:30 followed by Estonian Director Martti Helde’s feature IN THE CROSSWIND and the moving story of an Estonian woman and her young daughter’s struggle to find their way home after being deported to Siberia by Soviet occupiers in 1941. Then at 3:30 it’s on to Finland's Oscar offering Pirjo Honkasalo’s CONCRETE NIGHT— a dream-like odyssey through beautiful Helsinki for a 14 year old and his older brother who must start a prison sentence on the following day. At 5 p.m. Director Ruben Ostlund’s FORCE MAJEURE, (Sweden’s Oscar entry) takes us on a ski vacation into the aftermath of an avalanche when a family dynamic is shaken to the core after the father “runs for his life” to save himself. The evening festivities and films include the presentation of the SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) film grant with recipient Caroline Ingvarsson’s short “The Dog Walker” at 7:30 followed at 8 p.m. by an adaptation of Strindberg’s play MISS JULIE from Director Mikael Berg who sets the classic battle of the sexes in a Gatsby-Downton Abbey-esque 1920’s environment. The final day opens with Norwegian feature PIONEER from Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s thriller set at the beginning of the 1980’s Norwegian oil boom and centered on a diver whose obsessions with reaching the bottom of the North Sea leads to tragedy. At 1:15 a Baltic Expo offering with Lithuanian Oscar entry THE GAMBLER from Ignan Jonynas. A paramedic who is a passionate gambler, is forced to make radical decisions to pay his debts. At 3:30 p.m. a Finnish comedy follows with Leif Lindblom’s RASPBERRY BOAT REFUGEE and the tale of a Swede trapped in the body of a Finn— who attempts to swap identities with a disillusioned Swedish psychologist and become an authentic Swede. Then at 5:30 it’s the return of the Skarsgard family to SFFLA with Petter Moland’s Norwegian thriller IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE where Nils (Stellan Skarsgard), after winning an award to “Citizen of the Year,” gets caught in the crossfire of two rival drug cartels as he attempts to avenge the death of his son who was their victim.. And finally the festival closes with ITSI BITSI at 7:30 p.m. when Danish director Ole Christian Madsen (Superclassico) takes us into the Danish rock scene circa 1962 and the evolution of legendary band Steppeulvene. Parent organization of SFFLA is The American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles. The festival receives support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America),SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), as well as assistance from Nordic Consulates and Embassies, Baltic Consulates and Embassies, and national film institutes, as well as individual and corporate donors. Complete schedule and ticket ordering information available at sffla.net .

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This is the 20th anniversary Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. www.sffla.net . Founded in 1999 this popular festival features Oscar submissions and current feature films-- a few shorts, and a few documentaries-- from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Baltic neighbors Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. SFFLA and Baltic Film [email protected] is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in “top films from the top of Europe” and enjoy cinema cultural exchange and the shared experience of cinema at its finest. The festival runs two week-ends in the January build-up to awards season. This year it’s January 6, 7, 20, 21-- two week-ends with a week off in-between. A Festival Passport includes all screenings and the opening gala buffet. Separate Gala and Opening night screening ticket available as well as single admissions for all screenings. Full time students with a valid student I.D. admitted free of charge subject to availability. Further information, description of films etc available online where you can buy tickets, become a donor, and check out our history. Festival home away from home is The Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny in Beverly Hills, in the block just south of Wilshire Boulevard. Parking is available in the building’s parking structure and across the street in a city structure. (fee applies)

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Young Swedish Director Ninja Thyberg has been making a "big splash" at the virtual Sundance Film Festival with her first feature film. Ninja was already working on the project when she was at SFFLA a few years ago where Cecilia de Rocco. and jury members Paul Ottosson, RIchard Ulfvengren, and James Koenig presented her with a SWEA Los Angeles film stipend. SWEA founder Agneta Nilsson says that SFFLA was one of the inspirations for the film grant which has helped a number of up and coming Swedish film makers in various areas of film making. Congratulations Ninja!
Young Swedish Director Ninja Thyberg has been making a "big splash" at the virtual Sundance Film Film Festival with her first feature film-- "Pleasure." Ninja was already working on the project when she was at SFFLA a few years ago when Cecilia de Rocco, and jury members Paul Ottosonto, Richard Ulfvengren, and James Koenig presented her with the SWEA Los Angeles film stipend. SWEA founder Agneta Nilsson said that SFFLA was the inspiration for the grant which helped a number of up and coming Swedish filmmakers in various areas of film making. Congratulations Ninja! https://www.screendaily.com/reviews/pleasure-sundance-review/5156574.article
THIRD WEEK-END OF SFFLA STARTS TODAY-- DON'T MISS IT www.sffla.net
I've already seen two amazing films at Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. - "ANOTHER ROUND" and "BLIZZARD OF SOULS" (Denmark and Latvia's Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film) and they are both amazing! Check out the other Oscar submissions from Nordic and Baltic countries, available for you to watch online for three weekends. You can go to sffla.net to browse all the films and how to get tickets .. here's the trailer for "BLIZZARD OF SOULS" ..
Last night, in Copenhagen, the Danish film industry, celebrated the ROBERT award (the Danish "OSCAR"). A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone - especially the winners... :-)
Anders Hellström, SWEA Los Angeles film grant winner for 2014, received a Guldbagge today in Stockholm, Sweden, in best production design together with Frida Ekstrand Elmström och Nicklas Nilsson for the film Om Det Oändliga. Congratulations Anders and team!!!
So much going on in the world right now. Wow...I hope everyone is well out there. As an artist the best way to stay balancer its to create and make people feel something or anything. With this message, I'm sharing a slice of my creative heart to your screen, iPhone or computer. As a female artist, musician, turning into "trying" to direct and edit videos and hopefully a movie I'm working on. I appreciate your patience and eyes for my video 'Strange Life' that I wrote, recorded, shoot and edited myself. However with help from amazing friends that I will tag on here. This is my baby.. Be gentle. Thank you Serine Torp Drejer for your amazing moves, soul and heart you put into this film shoot with me. You are an amazing dancer and soul. Thank you. Emma Ejwertz
CONGRATULATIONS to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland...making it to this list: Hava , Maryam , Ayesha (Afghanistan) Papicha (Algeria) Buoyancy (Australia) Antigone (Canada) Monos (Colombia) The Painted Bird (Czech Republic) Queen of Hearts (Denmark) Stupid Young Heart (Finland) Les Miserables (France) System Crasher (Germany) A White Day / Blanco en Blanco (Iceland) The Steed (Mongolia) Adam (Morocco) Instinct (Netherlands) Out Stealing Horses (Norway) It Must Be Heaven (Palestine) Beanpole (Russia) Atlantics (Senegal) Parasite (South Korea) Pain and Glory (Spain) And Then We Danced (Sweden) Commitment (Turkey) Homeward (Ukraine)
Hi, Please join us for a truly Nordic experience for the world premiere of my a Finnish horror film Insanity. This Sunday at Marina del Ray. The film is subtitled in English. Welcome!
This is for a Non Union Dos Equis Commercial-Looking for Fluent Swedish speaking Men & Women 50-70 years old/must have current passport. Shoots 02/16/2018 - 02/19/2018 In Mexico.Auditioning ,Callback 02/12/2018.Please email me - [email protected] Thanks, Francene Selkirk,Casting Director
Hey Halli Cauthery a couple films from Iceland are screening here.