Scandinavian Film Festival

Palace Electric Canberra
13 July to 7 August 2022
Full program to be announced on 23 June.

The Opening Night film is a co-production among Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Czech Republic and Poland titled Margrete – Queen of the North (Margrete den første). 

A lavish historical drama set in 1402 from acclaimed director Charlotte Sieling, it explores the legacy and dilemmas faced by Denmark’s Queen Margrete, a visionary ruler who brokered the historic Kalmar Union, uniting Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

This idiosyncratic black comedy The Woodcutter Story (Metsurin tarina), is the directorial debut from Mikko Myllylahti. In an idyllic village, Pepe the woodcutter’s quiet life is torn apart by a series of tragic events over the course of a few days but he seems to be fine with it, as if he held a secret to existence that is hard to grasp. direct from Cannes had many people talking and will certainly be a highlight of the festival.

From Sweden comes  The Emigrants (2021) (Utvandrarna) by director Erik Poppe. Based on Vilhelm Moberg’s beloved story, it follows the emigration of a family from Sweden to the United States in the mid 1800s and stars Lisa Carlehed and Gustav Skarsgård.

The absorbing mystery thriller from Iceland Quake (Skjálfti) is based on a best-selling Icelandic novel. It stars Anita Briem as a single mother who is fighting to keep her young son while trying to piece together her life after losing her memory.

Nothing to Laugh About (Ingenting å le av) from Norway tells the story of a successful stand-up comedian whose entire life changes in a single day. He sets out on a heart-warming journey to rediscover himself and his laughter in this dramatic comedy starring Norwegian comedian Odd-Magnus Williamson.