The first-ever Nordic Film Festival in Singapore
will showcase the true spirit of the High North with stories of suspense, laughter, history and modern life through film. presented by The Projector, the Royal Danish Embassy, the Embassy of Finland, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Embassy of Sweden.
6 - 15 September @The Projector
HEVI REISSU (HEAVY TRIP)
Friday, 06 September 2019 | 8:00pm
Advisory: Sexual scene
Director: Juuso Laatio
Stars: Johannes Holopainen, Samuli Jaskio, Antti Heikkinen
Genre: Comedy, Music
Duration: 92 mins
Language: Finnish with English SubtitlesWinner, Public Prize.
Noordelijk Film festival 2018 Winner, Free Spirit Award. Warsaw Film Festival 2018 In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing in his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practised for 12 years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway--the promoter for a huge heavy metal music festival--and decide it’s now or never. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a new drummer and embark on an adventure of Spinal Tap proportions.
BORG VS. MCENROE
Saturday, 07 September | 5:00pm
Director: Janus Metz Pederson
Stars: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Duration: 108 min
Language: Swedish and English with English Subtitles
It's the summer of 1980, and Björn Borg is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship: the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American John McEnroe. With three days until the tournament begins, Borg trains religiously in his lavish Monaco home, aided by his coach and mentor Lennart and girlfriend Mariana
THE COMMUNE KOLLEKTIVET
Saturday 07 September | 8:00pm
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Ulrich Thomsen
Duration: 111 mins
Language: Danish With English Subtitles
Lauded Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, The Hunt) examines the fallout from the social upheavals of the 1970s through the microcosm of a Copenhagen commune. When Erik’s father suddenly passes away, he and his wife Anna must decide on the fate of his family home. Erik prefers selling, but Anna wants to try something new - experimenting with the up-and-coming trend of communal living. Energised by the era’s relaxed take on taboos, Anna and Erik assemble a diverse, motley crew of cohabitants and embark on their new adventure - but all is not what it seems and the couple soon discover that their marriage might be shaken at its very core.
HVA VIL FOLK SI (WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY)
Sunday 08 September | 5.00pm
Director: Iram Haq
Stars: Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna
Duration: 106 mins
Language: Urdu and Norwegian with English Subtitles
Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she's a regular Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. When her father catches her alone with her boyfriend, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, Nisha's parents send her to live with her extended family in a small town in Pakistan. There, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedom she once enjoyed.
DEN 12. MANN (THE 12TH MAN)
Friday, 13 September | 8:00pm
Director: Harald Zwart
Stars: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Duration: 135 min
Language: Norwegian with English Subtitles
Audience Award, Moscow International Film Festival 2018, Best Feature Film, Silk Road International Film Festival 2018
1943 Norway - north of the Arctic Circle. Twelve resistance fighters, on a fishing boat carrying a cargo of explosives, are betrayed by a countryman and attacked by a German minesweeper. Eleven of the men are captured, tortured and killed. Only the twelfth man gets away. Jan Baalsrud escapes into the merciless winter – unbeknownst of the fact that his determination to survive will turn him into a symbol for the Norwegian resistance. The legendary story of Jan Baalsrud’s escape remains one of the wildest, most unfathomable survival stories of World War II.
ILOSIA AIKOJA, MIELENSÄPAHOITTAJA (HAPPIER TIMES, GRUMP)
Saturday 14 September | 5:00pm
Director: Tiina Lymi
Stars: Heikki Kinnunen, Satu Tuuli Karhu, Elina Knihtilä
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 118 mins
Language: Finnish with English Subtitles
An octogenarian farmer - The Grump - wants to die, because all the work is done; the meaning of life is gone. But just as his own coffin is being finished, his 17-year-old grandchild Sofia suddenly appears - she is in trouble and needs the stubbornness and wisdom of her grandfather and the warmth of the fireplace. Rejuvenated by her unexpected appearance and with a new meaning of life thrust upon him, the stubborn old man and the young city girl begin their adventure - and a descent into the unravelling secret of her surprising arrival.
UNGA ASTRID (BECOMING ASTRID)
Saturday, 14 September | 8:00pm
Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen
Stars: Alba August, Trine Dyrholm, Henrik Rafaelsen
Genre: Biography, Drama
Duration: 123 minLanguage: Swedish with English subtitles
A peek into the life of Astrid Lindgren, celebrated author of the popular Pippi Longstocking series. As a young girl, Astrid never had a fairy-tale upbringing and always sought to break religious and societal norms in her day. Her only source of comfort - her young son whom she was separated from while in her self-imposed exile in Stockholm. When her son's foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her storytelling and imagination to reconnect with him - nurturing a new-found courage that late formed the foundation of her vast body of beloved work and one of the most innovative women of her time.
CHARMØREN (THE CHARMER)
Sunday 15 September | 5:00pm
Director: Milad Alami
Stars: Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Duration: 100 min
Language: Danish with English Subtitles
Nearly every night, handsome Esmail dons the same suit and heads to the same upscale wine bar, looking to meet and hook up with random women. But Esmail isn’t your typical pickup artist. An Iranian immigrant living in Denmark, he needs to find a Danish partner soon or face deportation. As the clock winds down and pressure mounts, a captivating young woman enters Esmail’s life, threatening to upend his carefully calibrated existence.