Nordic Film Festival (#NordicFF) celebrates the culture and cinematography of the Nordic countries with four days of screenings in the most elegant cinema of the city. The inaugural edition marks a premiere for the filmmakers from Bucharest, who have the opportunity to see movies made by filmmakers from all of the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Nordic Film Festival will take place in Bucharest, from February 15 to 18, 2018, at the cinema Elvire Popesco, located at 77 Dacia Blvd.
With a program that includes 14 features and a selection of short films presented at the opening of the festival, #NordicFF challenges the public to discover a new, atypical and heterogeneous cinema space.
At the first edition, film lovers are invited to enjoy arthouse productions awarded at the great international festivals such as Berlin, Sundance, Toronto, San Sebastian or Hot Docs, as well as movies for public that made the #NordicFF curators to love them.
To celebrate the variety of the artistic forms and perspectives, a special section dedicated to the documentaries also debuts this year at #NordicFF. Also in this respect, more than a third of the selected movies are directed by women.
“Although Northern Europe seems to be a quite unitary region in our imagination, mostly covered by snow and completely surrounded by long and tough nights, the real North expands beyond Scandinavia, hiding stories as diverse as fascinating, actual and humorous” the selector of the festival Vlad Rotaru stated.
From drama, love story or documentary to black comedy or short film, the selected movies are made by famous directors such as Lone Scherfig and Aki Kaurismaki, as well as by new voices of the North European film industry, such as Rúnar Rúnarsson and Tora Mårtens.
Before every screening, the public can see an original photo exhibition on the big screen. It consists of works made by ten Romanian photographers who caught spectacular landscapes in the Nordic countries.
In the first day of the event, starting at 18.45, a compilation of Nordic short films will be screened; it will be followed by the Icelandic documentary “Dreamland” on Friday, starting at 14.00, a film directed by Torfinnur Guonason and Andri Snar Magnason. The documentary “The Ambassador” (Denmark) directed by Mads Brugger – starting at 16.15, the comedy “The Other Side of Hope” (Finland) directed by Aki Kaurismaki – at 16.30, and the drama “Life In A Fishbowl” (Iceland) directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson – starting at 20.45, can be seen also on Friday.
The series of the movies will continue on Saturday, starting at 12.45, with the black comedy “With Your Permission” (Denmark), the documentary “Brothers” (Norway) – starting at 14.45, the drama “1001 Grams” (Norway) starting at 17.15, the drama “Call Girl” (Sweden) starting at 19.15, and the drama “Blind” (Norway) – starting at 22.00.
In the last day of the event, the movies “The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki” (Finland) – starting at 17.15, “Sparrows” (Iceland) – starting at 19.15 and the comedy “Just Like Home” (Denmark) – starting at 21.45, will be screened.
The festival is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Embassy of Finland, the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Iceland, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway and the Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest.