Award Ceremony and Red Carpet
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Award Ceremony and Red Carpet

Last year our award ceremony was hosted by Björn Gustafsson. This years host will be last year's Tony Award Winner for Best Featured Actor, Reed Birney, known for House of Cards and 1984 on Broadway.

Our award ceremony starts and follows by a red carpet ceremony with beer and cider from our sponsors. All actors and filmmakers gather to hear who will win Nordic International Film Festival

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Forever Now - Denmark - East Coast Premiere
Oct
14
6:15pm 6:15pm

Forever Now - Denmark - East Coast Premiere

Directed by: Kristian Håskjold

Country: Denmark

Premiere: East Coast Premiere

After several years together William and Cecilie breaks up. To treat the sorrow with love the same night they decide to do the drug, MDMA, together. This results in an emotional rollercoaster ride for better or worse over a whole weekend, where they’re isolated in their apartment.

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An Autobiography - Finland
Oct
14
6:15pm 6:15pm

An Autobiography - Finland

Directed by: Mari Mantela

Country: Finland

Two days before her retirement Anja makes a decision: She will not leave her work in a rental cars parking hall deep under the ground, a place where she has worked for 45 years like a queen bee nursing cars and the mechanics around her. But when the man upstairs sends a young trainee ready to replace her, Anja is forced to face the fact – her life as she knows is coming to an end. There is not a single flaw Anja wouldn’t detect when it comes to cars but now Anja herself falls apart in a scale she has never experienced before. Could there be a second life for a hard working woman?

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Retrett - Norway - North American Premiere
Oct
14
4:30pm 4:30pm

Retrett - Norway - North American Premiere

Directed by: Itonje Søimer Guttormsen

Country: Norway

Premiere: North American Premiere

The roving Gritt (35) fights the exhausting battle of establishing her ideas into practice as a autodidact movement artist arriving the capital of the self acclaimed winners of the world lottery. We follow her during her first week in Oslo, and through her philosophical but rather dissociative voice we find a person with a huge gap between her inner and outer world.  
Retrett deals with alienation, dignity and courage of dreams in a poetic and humorous way, and shows a woman rarely portrayed in film.

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Renard Rouge - Sweden - North American Premiere
Oct
14
4:30pm 4:30pm

Renard Rouge - Sweden - North American Premiere

Directed by: Leonard Rääf

Country: Sweden

Premiere: North American Premiere

 

Julie Renard, a young girl with a discrete passion for photography, lives on the Swedish countryside together with her wacky family. Three goofy brothers, a confused father who wishes he was French and a mother who's not often around. It's the summer of 98', and Julie follows her brothers into the woods. After losing them, she stumbles upon a stranger with a gun. Luckily the stranger is the vivid Elsa, roughly her age with a BB-gun. They spend the next 24 hours together, defining the years of their youth and getting to know each other "well enough" to make decisions that will last forever.

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Under The Surface You Are Never Alone - Sweden - North American Premiere
Oct
14
4:30pm 4:30pm

Under The Surface You Are Never Alone - Sweden - North American Premiere

Directed by: Alessandro Berellini

Country: Sweden

Premiere: North American Premiere

A mother who's home alone with her two year old daughter and one night she wakes up to a robbery. This event traumatizes her and she doesn't feel safe in her own house any more. So to protect her self and her daughter she tries to stay awake until her husband returns. But trying to stay awake turns out to be harder then she expected and she ends up in state between awake and asleep, a place where she can't tell what's real or not.

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A Modern Man - Denmark - East Coast Premiere
Oct
14
2:30pm 2:30pm

A Modern Man - Denmark - East Coast Premiere

Directed by: Eva Mulvad

Country: Denmark

Premiere: East Coast Premiere

Young, beautiful, rich: Charlie Siem is the perfect modern man. A young, wealthy photo model for Hugo Boss – and even a first violinist with a growing crowd of worldwide fans. But is there also a human being behind the perfectionist? Success has a price in Eva Mulvad's new film. Multi-awardwinning director Eva Mulvad ('The Good Life', 'Enemies of Happiness') masters the delicate balance of providing a profoundly human insight into the nuances of a unique mind and an undeniable talent. An existential journey into a world of expectations and choices. A story about us - the free and wealthy - who seem to have it all but are always on the hunt for more.

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Panel - Film as a Political Tool
Oct
14
12:00pm12:00pm

Panel - Film as a Political Tool

What role and what responsibility does the modern day filmmaker have in a challenging political climate? And does it bring opportunities or difficulties? Four filmmakers tell their stories on how important the political message has been to them in the past and how it is changing now.

Moderator - Ingrid Rudefors, is the former film commissioner of Stockholm and Sweden. Ingrid started out as a production coordinator in New York in the early 1990s working with directors like Hal Hartley and Mike Figgies and producers like Eric Fellner, Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ted Hope. After moving back to Sweden in the mid-90s she worked as line producer on several Swedish feature films.  During 2010 -2015 she served on the board of directors for “Association of film commissioners International”.  She has also written screenplays with grants from the Swedish Film Institute and directed and produced six award-winning shorts

Panelists.

Richard Kroehling is a director and writer. whose work includes feature films, mainstream television, non-fiction and video art that have been screened at film festivals, television networks and art museums around the world. Kroehling’s film, “WORLD WITHOUT END’  commissioned by England's Film4, one critic wrote, ”a movie making wild style that delivers you into a scorching disturbing world". Richard has directed over sixty hours of television, his politically controversial series CONFESSIONS, was called by The Hollywood Reporter, “bold and visionary" and Entertainment Weekly,  "...the next he big bad thing!"  The gritty true crime series explored the subjective world of the offenders and oppressive conditions in which they lived. Richard has adapted for the screen and will direct WAR in 2018, by celebrated Swedish playwright Lars Noren. The film depicts the lives of women in war.

Anna Gutto won the 2016 Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting for her feature script PARADISE HIGHWAY (selected by Dan Gordon, writer of Passenger, 57, The Hurricane). It will be her feature directing debut, produced by Brandi Savitt of Senza Pictures. Norway-born screenwriter and director, Gutto started her career in the theater earning accolades such as “universally excellent” in The New York Times. A US green card holder, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. Her short film A LUCKY MAN is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation winner. Her short film MOMMY HEIST has been playing festivals internationally and domestically (most recently at Academy Award-nominating Hollyshorts Film Festival in Los Angeles) and is expanding into a series. She is attached to direct the film adaptation of New York Times bestseller Radical Remission (Harper, 2014) and she is co-writing two episodes for the TV series M.A.D. (http://variety.com/2017/tv/festivals/mad-profiles-united-nations-during-cold-war-1202393030/). Anna also directs commercials and music videos. She is represented by APA Agency. 

Niclas Gillis is a Swedish writer, director, and producer most known for his critically acclaimed drama short film Hold Me Down. Produced in association with Sveriges Television, the film depicts a day in the life of a 19-year-old sex worker in the Bronx and features a cast of women who in real live the life that they portray on screen. In addition to his narrative work, Gillis has directed video content for companies like Nike, The New York Times, The Line Hotel, and Native Son, the last of which was compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema by New York Magazine. On its website, Nike referred to Gillis as "the premiere talent to watch". Gillis began his career as a trailer producer at Viasat in London, England at the age of 18 and has worked as a contributing writer on film for The Last Magazine and a story analyst for Universal Pictures International. He is currently in development on a feature film with support from the Swedish Film Institute.

 

Mateo Sancho is a journalist and writer. He was the head of movies department at EFE News Services from 2010 to 2013 and then a correspondent in New York until 2015. Mateo currently writes about Arts and Culture for El País and is a columnist for GQ, Spain. He has covered several film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, New York, Tribeca, Locarno and Dubai. He received a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from UNED, Spain. Mateo has nominated for the Anagrama Essay Prize for La revolución asexual (2012), translated into English as Anticlimax (2017). He is also the coauthor of Fake Ceremonies. Movies and social delusion (2016).

 

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69 Minutes of 86 Days - Norway - New York Premiere
Oct
14
10:30am10:30am

69 Minutes of 86 Days - Norway - New York Premiere

Directed by: Egil Håskjold Larsen

Country: Norway

Premiere: New York Premiere

On a path littered with lifejackets, in the middle of a crowd of people on the run, a 3-year-old girl slowly emerges. Full of a child’s energy and curiosity, carrying her little “Frost” backpack on her back, she takes in her surroundings between hundreds of adult trouser legs. She understands the gravity of the situation she and her family find themselves in, but filled with childlike wonder she continues her journey. For every step she takes, she emanates a longed-for feeling of hope. To Lean, it’s a step closer to her grandfather in Sweden.

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Bakerman - Denmark - North American Premiere
Oct
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bakerman - Denmark - North American Premiere

Directed by: David Noel Bourke

Country: Denmark

Premiere: North American Premiere

Never corner a baker...

Jens has accepted far too much for too long. Being the shy night-owl he is, he keeps to himself, but the world will not let him be. The new master baker's quality starts
slackening, and when a bunch of yobs one day smash the window of Jens's car, he takes one of them out. Intoxicated by his own new unexpressed vigour, Jens comes out of his shell, but the destructive driving force leads him towards a free fall.

Headed by the always solid Mikkel Vadsholdt (The Sunfish), who here manages to arouse our empathy in a role of a reserved man who has difficulty coping with the light of day.

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Nothing But The Wind - Sweden/Bosnia - North American Premiere
Oct
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Nothing But The Wind - Sweden/Bosnia - North American Premiere

Directed by: Timur Makarevic

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Poland, Romania

Premiere: North American Premiere

What's that saying? The heart is where home is? Home is where the heart is? Vedran is a Bosnian-born Swede, forced to re-visit his hometown 18 years after leaving it. Against his will, Sarajevo is changing him. But that does not make him less Swedish or more Bosnian, just more himself.

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Waiting For The Sun - Denmark - New York Premiere
Oct
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

Waiting For The Sun - Denmark - New York Premiere

Directed by: Kaspar Astrup Schröder

Country: Denmark

Premiere: New York Premiere

When their father is sentenced to death, three Chinese siblings – two twin sisters and their little brother – are placed in the orphanage Sun Village, which is for children of imprisoned parents. Nobody wants to have anything to do with children from such a shameful background. And from one day to the next, the three have to learn to fend for themselves together with the other 'orphaned' children in the small village. 'Waiting for the Sun' is filmed from the children's own point of view over a period of two years, and Kaspar Astrup Schröder has created a nuanced and sensitive film, where the young lives take shape along the way. The home's adults do everything in their power to help the children, and friendships are made between the three siblings and their new family of similarly aged children. Even if, contrary to all expectations, their parents were still to be released, the road back to the rest of society would be hard and long. And yet this is what all the children in Sun Village are dreaming of.

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Quit Staring At my plate - Croatia - East Coast Premiere
Oct
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Quit Staring At my plate - Croatia - East Coast Premiere

Directed by: Hana Jušić

Country: Croatia

Premiere: East Coast Premiere

When Marijana’s dominant father falls seriously ill, she takes over his role as the head of the family, taking care of her irresponsible mother and mentally disabled older brother. The new power constellation allows her to explore her sexuality and her inner strength and gives her a taste of freedom.

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Man and a baby - Finland - International Premiere
Oct
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Man and a baby - Finland - International Premiere

Directed by: Marja Pyykkö

Country: Finland

Premiere: International Premiere

A comedy about a man who is left alone with a baby. “Goodbye sex, nights in a bar and journalistic gigs. Welcome puke towels, artificial mother’s milk and Teletubbies. But where in hell can a man from the Stone Age find the maternal genes?” The life of Antti Pasanen, a journalist, is in order. His wife is just about to give birth. Until, in front of the Maternity Hospital, everything changes. With a sniveling bundle in his arms, Antti sees the taillights of a taxi fading away, with his wife Pia in the backseat and their future as a core family in jeopardy. The life in terms of the baby – aka Paavo Pasanen – begins and little does Antti know what it demands from him…

Man and A Baby is NIFF 2017's Opening Night Film

Followed by a Q and A with
Anna-Maija Tuokko (Actress)
Markus Selin (Producer)
Marja Pyykkö (Director)
Petteri Summanen (Lead Actor)

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Panel - Diverse Voices in Film
Oct
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Panel - Diverse Voices in Film

Why do we often feel the need to label a film made by a woman, a person of color or by a disabled person with the specification of what that person is coming from, instead of just simply calling it  “a film by a filmmaker”, like we do with all films directed by a straight white man. With film industries booming all over the world, from Canada to Uganda, the possibility to tell diverse stories should be easier than ever. How do we make films more diverse, and stay clear of stereotypes?

 

Moderator

Rachel Watanabe-Batton, is president of Contradiction & Struggle, a production company connecting cinema, causes, capital and audiences by telling authentic stories by and about women, people of color, immigrants and our relationship to the land we live in, cultural shifts and community.  She has been a champion of diverse filmmakers since her days as a development assistant at Spring Creek/Warner Bros with Paula Weinstein, assisting director Peter Weir, and running and co-founding Department of Film with Nick Quested at Goldcrest.

 

Panelists

Jaspal Binning,  acting accolades include being a series regular on the Netflix Series 'Brown Nation', a lead on Lifetime Movie Network's 'I Love You But I Lied' and a lead in the independent movie 'Ovum'. As a director, he won the Best Director award (Shared) at New York Television Festival for Doomsday. This project also went on to win Best of Festival at ITV Fest, Best Pilot at Brooklyn Webfest and HollyWeb Festival. He was selected for The Independent Magazine's 10 Filmmakers to watch for Doomsday.

Cornelia Ravenal, is a writer-producer with work produced at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and regional theaters, published in newsmagazines in Asia and North America, and screened at over 25 film festivals. A founder of Wilderness Films, she has originated, developed and/or produced over a dozen film, TV and theater projects. In 2013, she initiated the Ravenal NYWIFT Grant for a women director over 40 and founded the Women Producers Group, now WIP (Women Independent Producers).

Karma Deki, is the first female director from the Kingdom of Bhutan. She has directed feature films, as well as TV series for the Bhutan Broadcasting Service. In addition, Karma Deki actively participate with the International Jury in the Thailand International Destination Festival, in Bangkok. Her latest feature Kushuthara was the one of the first Bhutanese features to screen outside the Kingdom.

Birgit Gernböck, is a hands-on independent producer who works side by side with all creative departments involved in getting the film made from development, to production, to completion, to festivals and distribution efforts, both in the US and international arena.

 

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A Home In Memory - Finland - US Premiere
Oct
12
4:30pm 4:30pm

A Home In Memory - Finland - US Premiere

Directed by: Helena Oest

Country: Finland

Premiere: US Premiere

'A home in Memory' looks into the relationship between identity and the surrounding space. What is it like to abandon a home which carries traces from several generations? 

The task of clearing out an estate left by a close relation awaits most of us. The artifacts left behind tell us about the deceased and her or his life. Sometimes, as in this case, you can find layers stemming from generations back, in the form of photographs and letters. Furniture, walls and floors hold their memories as well. What does it feel like to leave it all behind and close the door for the last time? 

'A home in Memory' shows an almost 300 m2 apartment in the very centre of Helsinki and how it is being emptied, picture by picture. Visually, the film consists of still photos only. On the sound track we hear two sisters discussing, the sounds of the apartment and the surroundings. The siblings are not shown in the photos, we can only hear them. It is as if what we see is in the past but what we hear in the present.

'A home in Memory' documents the process of relinquishing. It tells about objects but awakes thought about what we all necessarily will have to let go of. The film encourages the viewer to appreciate life, while still possible. To close and to open doors.

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Love and Fear - Denmark - World Premiere
Oct
12
4:30pm 4:30pm

Love and Fear - Denmark - World Premiere

Directed by: Thora Lorentzen

Country: Denmark

Premiere: World Premiere

Thora, documentary director and main character, is filming her trembling love life with Sebastian during their holiday trip to a cottage by the sea. She investigates her fear of losing, and her inability to trust the long term perspective of their relationship. The strangely staged documentary is a poetic and intimate insight in a love relationship with visual fragments of early memories. She is confronted with the reality of a real relationship, where you have to to let go, and trust.

 

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Tomorrow Is Far Away - France - North American Premiere
Oct
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Tomorrow Is Far Away - France - North American Premiere

Directed by: Capucine Lespinas

Country: France

Premiere: North American Premiere

Cleo is single and terrified at the thought of becoming bald. To get a change of scenery, she asks Angela, her best friend, to join her for a trip to the seaside. But as Angela enjoys every moment carelessly, Cleo struggles to free herself from her anguish, torn between the child she is no longer and the old maid she is afraid of becoming. Until she meets Jules.

 

 

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Far From The Tree - US - New York Premiere
Oct
12
3:00pm 3:00pm

Far From The Tree - US - New York Premiere

Directed by: Dave Thomas

Country: US

Premiere: New York Premiere

Abbie is a good mom, strong and a survivor...but Abbie is struggling. She struggles in her daily routine and in her relationship with her teenage son Evan. The effect of a sexual assault years earlier weighs heavy on her. As these deep embedded feelings work their way out like a splinter, Abbie and her son reach a pivotal moment in both of their lives.

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