Nordic Film Festival 2019 highlights unique culture

Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid).

The Nordic Film Festival 2019 will take place from Sept 27-29 at Quartier CineArt EmQuartier to celebrate Nordic culture. This year, the films shed light on sustainability and climate change, issues that are high on the agenda of all the Nordic countries. Eight movies have been selected to represent the quality of films from the Nordic countries across a variety of genres that show the arts and culture and way of life in the Nordics.

Organised by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the film selection includes the Swedish biographical drama Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid), which is about the early life of the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The Swedish drama Monky takes place partly in Thailand and tells the story of Frank and his secret friendship with a mysterious gibbon ape.

The two Norwegian films Hva vil folk si (What Will People Say) and Keeper'n til Liverpool (The Liverpool Goalie) might seem different but are both based on the values of love and life-changing events.

Finland brings an experimental documentary Tavarataivas (My Stuff), which is a telling comment on consumerism and the value of material objects in the digital age, while contemplating what's important in life. Internationally sold Finnish drama Tuntematon mestari (One Last Deal) tells a story of an elderly art dealer who hopes to make one last deal and prove his worth to his estranged family.

Denmark's Darling is a drama about a world-famous ballerina and a dramatic mid-career meltdown. Jeg er William (I Am William) is a story about William who lives with his uncle Nils. The film is based on a book of Kim Fupz Aakeson.

Tavarataivas (My Stuff).

Hva vil folk si (What Will People Say).

A scene from Darling.

Film schedule:

Date: Sept 27
Time: 6pm
Movie: Tavarataivas (My Stuff)
Finland

Date: Sept 27
Time: 8pm
Movie: Darling
Denmark

Date: Sept 28
Time: 3pm
Movie: Jeg er William (I Am William)
Denmark

Date: Sept 28
Time: 5pm
Movie: Monky
Sweden

Date: Sept 28
Time: 7.30pm
Movie: Hva vil folk si (What Will People Say)
Norway

Date: Sept 29
Time: 3pm
Movie: Keeper’n til Liverpool (The Liverpool Goalie)
Norway

Date: Sept 29
Time: 5pm
Movie: Tuntematon mestari (One Last Deal)
Finland

Date: Sept 29
Time: 7.30pm
Movie: Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid)
Sweden

Movies will be free for visitors to view and will be offered with English subtitles. Reservation can be made at Quartier CineArt, half an hour before each screening. Tickets are made available on a first-come-first-served basis. Visit bit.ly/2lRnn3B.