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Nordic Film Festival London, (4-13 December 2015)

The 4th Nordic Film Festival begins on December 4th bringing to the UK another eclectic programme of features, docs & shorts from some of the most celebrated established and emerging filmmaking talent of the Nordic region. There are political thrillers, adventure and scifi flicks, and also a look back at classics of yesteryear, including "dogme" milestone Festen from director Thomas Vinterberg. Some screenings come with Q&As as part of the ticket deal.

The programme:

20 years since Dogme95:
Festen + short

+ talk by Dr Claire Thomson, UCL Scandinavian Studies
Thu 10 Dec, 6.15pm @ Birkbeck Cinema

Short film Nylon, produced with support from talent development scheme New Danish Screen, precedes Thomas Vinterberg's seminal classic, followed by talk on Danish cinema.


Beyond Nordic:
Sumé - The Sound of a Revolution

Sun 13 Dec, 2.30pm @ ICA
Greenlandic rock band Sumé brought about a revolution being the first band to sing in their native language.

7 Sami Stories
Fri 4 Dec, 6pm @ Regent Street Cinema
7 life stories from the Sami community in Norway's far north.


New Nordic features:
The Idealist

Fri 4 Dec, 9.45pm @ Regent Street Cinema
UK premiere of Danish political thriller starring Peter Plaugborg (1864Borgen) and S
øren Malling (1864Borgen, The Killing).

Armi Alive!
+ intro by Pauliina Stahlberg (The Finnish Institue in London)
Sat 5 Dec, 6pm @ Regent Street Cinema

About the life, struggle and success of entrepreneur behind iconic Finnish design company Marimekko, Armi Rati.

In Your Arms
Sat 5 Dec, 8pm @ Regent Street Cinema

This tragic yet unconventional love story was the winner of this year's Best Nordic Film award at Gothenburg Film Festival.

Bear Island

Sat 5 Dec, 4pm @ Regent Street Cinema
Thrill-seeker Inge Wegge’s embarks on a treacherous journey to Bear Island to surf where no man has surfed before in his second adventure doc.

The Show of Shows
Fri 4 Dec, 8pm @ Regent Street Cinema
Montage of circuses, carnivals & vaudeville since the 19th century, scored by Sigur Ros.

165 Hasselby
+ intro by Selina Robertson (Club des Femmes)

Mon 7 Dec @ Bertha DocHouse, 6.30pm
Portrait of youth in suburban Stockholm through the eyes of teen graffiti artists.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case
+ intro by Ossian Ward (Lisson Gallery)

Tue 8 Dec, 6.30pm @ ICA
Screening to coincide with the Royal Academy's Ai Weiwei exhibition, The Fake Case documents the high-profile court battle between the world renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei and the Chinese authorities.

The Visit: An Alien Encounter
Wed 9 Dec, 6.30pm @ Bertha DocHouse

Exploring a first contact scenario, beginning with the simplest of questions: Why are you here? What do you see in humans that we don’t see in ourselves? - prepare for alien life...