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Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. Sets Sail Jan 12, 13, 19, 20 in Beverly Hills

  (December 28, 2012)

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 28, 2012

The 14th Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. (SFFLA) sets sail with its annual immersion into the world of Nordic film Jan 12, 13, 19, 20 at the Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny in Beverly HIlls with a program of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden which will extend across the waters to Baltic neighbors, with offerings from Latvia and Lithuania, along with a Norwegian-German co-production. Films include Oscar submissions (with Denmark, Iceland, and Norways entries already short-listed for Academy Best Foreign Language Film nomination), additional current feature films, several North American premieres, documentaries and shorts-- including two short listed shorts. (download schedule)

Northern European countries have often taken to the seas with a cargo of culture, commerce, and collaboration, says festival founder/director James Koenig. And we have an exciting program that follows old routes to new worlds and around the Baltic neighborhood where cultural cross-currents have been a reality since even before Hanseatic happenings!

The opening night gala on January 12 is flanked by veteran Swedish director Jan Troells THE LAST SENTENCE, and KON-TIKI from Norways new shinning stars Joachim Rønning and Espen who have already nabbed a Golden Globe nomination and are short-listed for Oscar nomination. The day also offers short-listed Icelandic Oscar submission THE DEEP from Baltasar Komákur, who is busy working on post production for two American films and will soon be as high up as possible filming Everest on Mount Everest. The day includes two short-listed shorts--from Denmark 9 METERS (Anders Walter), and from Sweden KIRUNA-KIGALI (Goran Kapetanovic).

Sunday January 13 begins with SILENT VOICES, an Icelandic documentary from director Helena Stefánsdóttir about land threatened by heavy industry projects, told by the humble people who love it, and respect it, and call it home. Then comes a white knuckle Norwegian thriller THALE from director Aleksander Nordaas, based on a folk tale come to life and co-sponsored by Screamfest LA. Then Finnish Director Antti Jokinens PURGE (Finlands Oscar submission) takes on an Estonian story that spans a time-line from Soviet takeover and purges in the early 20th Century to just after liberation in the early 1990s. Following is the North American premiere of STARS ABOVE from Finlands Saara Cantell offering a beautiful chronicle of the changing context of Finnish womens lives. Finally THE HUNT from award winning Danish director Thomas Vinterberg starring Mads Mikkelsen (known to American audiences as the villain in Casino Royal) concludes the day. The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival as the first Danish-language film in the main competition since 1998, and had its North American premier at the Toronto Film Festival.

On Jan 19 BALLROOM DANCER kicks off the second weekend of the festival with Danish directors Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoeds documentary that leads us through the agony and ecstasy of a world class competitive dancer. A quick-step change of pace is next on-board with Finnish Director Johan Karrentos comedic short documentary CAPTAIN SANDHOLM about a rowing race from Finland to Sweden. The day continues with MERCY from German director Matthias Glasner, a Norwegian-German co-production which drew attention at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival with its story of an expatriate German family living above the Arctic Circle in Norway. The screening is co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute of Los Angeles. Then its a Swedish feature length documentary PALME -- the life and times of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden until his assassination in 1986 from directors Kristina Lindström and Maud Nycander. Festivities continue with the presentation of the now annual SWEA (Swedish Womens Educational Association) film grant to an up and coming Swedish film maker. This years recipient is Nanna Dalunde. A North American premiere of GOOD LUCK, AND TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER from Swedish director Jens Sjögren tops off the night.

The final day of the festival (Jan 20) begins with the Latvian Oscar entry GULF STREAM UNDER THE ICEBERG from director Yevgeni Pashkevich. The film weaves together three interrelated stories Escape *(1664, Hanseatic League), Loss (1883 Russian Empire/France); and Aberration Feelings (1990, Latvia). Finnish Director Aku Louhimies NAKED HARBOUR follows. The film is a mosaic of characters portraying imperfect people who dont see eye to eye and may hurt each other, but somehow hope remains alive. OSLO, AUGUST 31 from Norwegian Director Joachim Trier (Reprise) follows with a day in the life of a recovering addict named Anders who has a day pass from rehab and contemplates life and death as he wanders around the titular city. An important documentary unspools next with Dheeraj Akolkars bio-pic LIV & INGMAR a documentary which offers an intimate look at one of cinemas most illustrious collaborations, the partnership of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and Norwegian actress Liv Ullman. The film offers a candid look, not only at two great artists, but also at two human beings, friends and soul-mates. The festival closes with two Academy Award short-listed Danish films-- 9 METERS from Anders Walter, and Nikolaj Arcels award winning A ROYAL AFFAIR.

Parent organization of SFFLA is The American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles. The festival receives support from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America), SWEA (Swedish Womens Educational Association), Nordic Consulates, as well as individual and corporate donors. Complete schedule and ticket ordering information available at .

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