Time Out says
Northern lights, camera, action! The Scandinavian Film Festival returns this July
From Noma to IKEA to the principles of hygge, the influence of Scandinavian culture continues to grow. So too the Scandinavian Film Festival, which returns this July for the sixth year, bringing the best of northern European cinema to audiences around Australia.
Fans of Nordic noir will have plenty to celebrate this year. The fourth and final instalment of the Department Q series, The Purity of Vengeance, will screen, reuniting actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares. The previous three gripping instalments will get an encore screening too: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), The Absent One (2014) and Conspiracy of Faith (2016).
The late Steig Larson did much to bring the pleasures of Scando-crime into popular consciousness with his Millennium novels. A new documentary, Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire, offers an insight into the author’s archives, to reveal his crusading work as a journalist investigating extreme right-wing groups in Sweden. You'll also get a chance to see the Swedish Millennium trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2010).
Opening night film is the Danish comedy Happy Ending, in which Helle (Birthe Neumann) looks forward to her husband’s retirement only for him to tell her he’s starting a new career that will see him commuting to France.
From Iceland comes A White, White Day, about an off-duty police chief who begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife – the film was widely acclaimed at Cannes in May. Another Icelandic film, Let Me Fall, portrays former teenage junkies facing the consequences of their mistakes.
Apocalyptic Swedish sci-fi movie Aniara is set on board a luxurious spaceship manned by materialistic and consumption-obsessed humans fleeing a ruined Earth.
Meanwhile Aurora is a romcom from Finland in which an impoverished party girl meets an asylum-seeking Iranian man at a hot dog stand, and both agree to help each other out; and The Violinist, also from Finland, is an engrossing character study of a famous violin player and her student.
The films will screen at Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Balwyn and Palace Westgarth.