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* Scandinavian Film Festival 2019 *
Now in its sixth year, the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival is a national event presented by Palace showcasing the best contemporary Nordic cinema from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Festival Director Elysia Zeccola selects the films directly from the world's most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, and the largest film festival of the Nordic countries: the Göteborg Film Festival. The 2019 programme includes a number of international festival favourites and award-winners with 15 Australian premieres highlighting the diversity and sophistication of the region. Unmissable Scandinavian highlights include: festival opener Hella Joof's cheeky star-studded comedy HAPPY ENDING and THE PURITY OF VENGEANCE, the highest grossing Danish film of all time, from Denmark; Berlin Silver Bear winner OUT STEALING HORSES starring Stellan Skarsgård and glossy biopic SONJA - THE WHITE SWAN from Norway; and the apocalyptic sci-fi ANIARA and surreal love story SWOON from Sweden. The festival also represents the Nordic countries Iceland and Finland with the mesmerising Cannes-winner A WHITE, WHITE DAY and the essential and harrowing drama LET ME FALL from Iceland; as well as the quirky rom-com AURORA and, from the director of The FENCER, Klaus Härö's ONE LAST DEAL from Finland. Join us in this big-screen experience from one of the most exciting filmmaking regions in the world. Until July 31 various times and locations.
HIGHLIGHTSHAPPY ENDING Australian Premiere Hella Joof presents another winning examination on the female condition with this cheeky comedy about second chances in love later in life. A WHITE, WHITE DAY Australian Premiere Fresh from its praised premiere in this year's Cannes Film Festival is award-winning director Hlynur Palmason's powerful exploration of a man overcome with grief who is losing control. ONE LAST DEAL A bittersweet and moving drama that follows an aging art dealer as he is presented with one final opportunity to fix his broken life and reconnect with his estranged daughter and grandson. OUT STEALING HORSES Australian Premiere This loving adaptation of Norwegian novelist Per Petterson's international bestseller was praised at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival for its powerful evocation of the inner lives of men tormented by their past. DEPARTMENT Q Breaking all Danish box office records, the acclaimed Department Q series is the embodiment of "Nordic Noir". To celebrate the final instalment, Purity of Vengeance, we revisit the previous three cinematic renderings of Jussi Adler Olsen's blockbuster novels. MILLENNIUM TRILOGY In honour of the late famous author and screening of the new documentary Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire, the Festival presents this retrospective of the tremendously successful Millennium Trilogy films.
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