Saxo Scandinavian Film Festival

23 July – 14 August 2024
Palace Electric Canberra

The festival presents films from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, with a selection of dramas and romances.

Festival Centrepiece The Tundra Within Me (Eallougierdu) from Norway is a drama exploring community, heritage and identity. Featuring beautiful cinematography, it follows Sámi artist Lena who returns to her hometown in northern Norway where she finds an unexpected new love and is forced to confront her past.

Icelandic film Touch (Snerting), a romantic drama directed by Baltasar Kormákur, is a festival Special Presentation. Based on the best-selling eponymous novel, this story spans several decades and continents as it follows one man’s emotional journey to find his first love who disappeared 50 years ago.

 Danish box office hit Boundless (Den grænseløse) is a thriller based on the bestselling Department Q novel. It follows Detective Mørck and his team who become embroiled in a cold case on the remote Danish Island of Bornholm, which provides a spectacular backdrop.

 Set during the Cold War in 1961, Hammarskjöld Fight for Peace (Hammarskjöld) is a political thriller that follows the true story of Swedish diplomat and economist Dag Hammarskjöld, who served as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Actor Mikael Persbrandt (In a Better World, Sex Education) stars as Hammarskjöld, a key figure during this pivotal time, the man John F. Kennedy once called ‘the greatest statesman of our century’

Finnish historical drama  Stormskerry Maja, based on the book series by Anni Blomqvist, is a tale of female empowerment set in the 1840s. It follows Maja and her husband through the Finnish seasons on the windswept and remote Åland archipelago.

The full program will be announced in late June. Find it at https://scandinavianfilmfestival.com/

Watch the trailer for Hammarskjöld