If you binged waaaaaaay too much Scandi noir from your sofa last year, then it’s time to put some proper clothes on, head out and do it on the big screen instead as the Scandinavian Film Festival returns this July.
Screening at Palace Cinemas from July 8-28, the ice-cool drop of Nordic excellence kicks off with opening night movie Wildland, an Animal Kingdom-sounding treat packing all the criminal misdeeds you need. Brilliant Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen plays the matriarch of a mad, bad and dangerous to know family. All of a sudden she finds herself responsible for her estranged teenage niece. What could go wrong? It’s helmed by Borgen assistant director Jeanette Nordahl, taking on her first feature gig, and we are so ready.
Knudsen also turns up in The Exception. Based upon the best-selling novel by Christian Jungersen, it’s a taut psychological thriller set in an NGO that focuses on support work around incidences of genocide. When a death threat appears, the works at first suspect a Serbian war criminal they recently exposed. But, pretty soon, they turn on one another.
He’s about to appear in the year’s biggest sci-fi epic Dune, but while you wait for that delayed blockbuster to finally appear, you can catch Stellan Skarsgård in Hope, a deeply heartfelt drama about a non-conforming family facing down illness. Christian Hillborg, who showed up in season two of Fleabag and the first run of The Bridge, appears in both 40-something comedy Games People Play and stars opposi