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Awards & Prizes
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Nordic Narrative Feature
Best Nordic Narrative Short
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In the Faroe Islands, young Julia – the priest's daughter – falls in love with the beautiful Barbara, who has just moved to the islands. This forbidden love is not easy to handle in a small town, especially when you are the priest’s daughter and want to please everyone and do everything the right way.
Directed by Maria Winther Olsen
In a small town in Sweden, twenty something Niklas meets up with some friends of his for some fun time in the local bowling alley after work. When he’s there he sees someone whom he hasn’t met for a long time. A film about courage and coming to terms with the past, about chances one once had and never took, chances that, deep inside, one wishes one could have again.
Directed by Mikael Bundsen
Anna, who works part-time in a hotel, meets Jacques, a traveling photographer, who has a hard time committing. At the same time, Lauri, Anna's previous boyfriend, tries desperately to erase the memory of a lost love. Throwing oneself into a new relationship is as hard as letting go of an old one.
Directed by Jussi Kärnä
In the wake of a devastating hurricane and the depravity of a wrecked home life, a young laborer, Sean Daly, struggles to rebuild and provide for his pregnant girlfriend, Cassie. As he returns to work on a coastal farm, Sean discovers that a more malicious owner, John Liggitt, is taking over. With the help of an aging farmhand, Ed Flynn, Sean fights to find his place in the world while becoming increasingly unstable at work and at home. BY JINGO, which marks Ryan Caraway’s directorial debut, is a modern dramatic narrative that explores labor, class, failures and legacy.
Directed by Ryan Caraway
Memories can be the most beautiful thing but also painful and sore. Whether good or bad, their importance to any human being is indisputable. What do we really remember? What has unconsciously been added by our own fantasy? Do you actually remember what your girlfriend wore that day you first got your heart broken?
Directed by Eivind Landsvik
Jenny is incapable of processing that her father is dead. In total despair she flees from the scene. Reality and fantasy melts and she finds herself in a magical tale about a lost circus where she searches for the father. But the events in the strange world turn her quest upside down.
Directed by Lisa Svelmøe
In Days that follows each other we meet three people from a small town in Norway. Their lives are presented in documentary style tableaus where the characters speak directly into the camera. They are desperately lonely, but they insists that everything is OK. Together, the three stories portraits life in Holmestrand, a small town by the fjord.
Directed by Odd Einar Ingebretsen
Carry a Couch is a short surrealist love story, a metaphorical reflection on what we carry along with us. There is a lot of things in life we need to carry together. The film have a humorous tone but also reflect on our vulnerability when we are escaping and really need each other.
Directed by Nille Leander
Freya must return from London to her small Norwegian village when her beloved mother Anne is dying of cancer. There, she has to face her grieving, estranged stepfather and find a way to connect with him - or lose both parents for ever.
Directed by Katarina Gellin
Mia and Mirjam are 14 year old best friends. Besides each other, they also have Karl, their super smart friend who knows almost everything. They live in a quiet town, but as long as they have each other life is tolerable. But one day, Per enters their lives. Per is a single, 35 year old man. Per and Mirjam begin a secret affair. Mia can hardly believe it's true, Mia and Karl begin what they call a “detailed reconnaissance mission”. By mapping out Per’s life they hope to confront “that son-of-a bitch”. But things don’t go as planned
Directed by Linda-Maria Birbeck
Cannes-awarded Frida Kempff’s first feature documentary is a poetic and intimate story about the guardian angels behind addicts who want to start a new life.
In icy mid-winter Toronto, a group of pregnant women desperately strive to regain control of their lives. They have insurmountable forces against them: homelessness, drug addiction, violent relationships. But following these particular individuals are the attentive eyes of their guardian angels, the social workers of a unique public health initiative. If these expectant mothers can only manage to break free of the vicious cycles dogging their steps, they have a chance to keep their newborns.
Here’s Vera, pregnant for the eighth time. She escapes from her rehab program but comes back – crying and scared of the damage she has caused. And here’s Charlene, whose shattered smile serves as testimony to her violent ex-partner’s attacks. But here’s also Talia, Doris and the other nurses. They let their own lives wait as they focus on tending to their patients’ needs. They act as social workers and as much-needed friends, doing everything from organizing hospital visits to filling an evening with conversation over pizza.
Winter Buoy is a documentary that portrays life in all its fragility. It is a film about trust and the courage to never stop hoping.
Directed by Frida Kempff
Germany occupied Denmark in April 1940. The Danish government remained in place, and despite the Occupation, daily life continued more or less normally for most Jewish families in Denmark during the first few years of the Second World War.
In January 1942, prominent Nazi leaders met outside of Berlin to determine the fate of European Jews, including Danish Jews.
While Jews throughout Europe were loaded onto cattle cars and shipped to concentration camps, Danish Jews weren’t affected until October 1943. The Danish government had resigned in August of that year, and there was no longer a buffer between the occupying Germans and the Danish people.
The Danish Jewish community was tipped off that the Germans were about to round them up, and in early October 1943, ordinary Danes and the Danish Resistance managed to smuggle over 7,000 Jews from Denmark across the water to neutral Sweden using fishing boats and other vessels.
Yet over 470 Jews were arrested before they could escape, and most of them were sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in what is currently the Czech Republic. Despite being treated slightly better than Jews from many other countries in the camp, of the 470 Danish Jews, 51 died in Theresienstadt.
“Goodbye Theresienstadt” is the story of six Danish Jews who were children during the war and sent to the concentration camp.
The six individual stories are intertwined, with each survivor telling of their family’s failed escape and of the journey by ship and cattle car to Theresienstadt. Now in their seventies and eighties, the six then travel together back to the concentration camp to tell of the horrific conditions, and of how they were rescued in the final weeks of the war.
It is a poignant, dramatic story about survival amidst hopelessness, told firsthand by survivors from their childhood perspective.
Directed by Carl Otto Dethlefsen and Jonatan Jerichow
In this thrilling coming-of-age adventure, a troubled teen must face the dangers of the Alaskan wild, as well as her own past, in order to find her way home. Sent to stay with her uncle in Alaska while her mother is in treatment, 14-year-old Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is forced to flee as her uncle’s attention turns threatening. Unable to reach her mother and afraid that the authorities will return her to her uncle, she embarks on a journey across miles of wilderness to find a way back home to Seattle. As she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior, a chance connection with gruff backpacker Bartlett (Bruce Greenwood) proves to be her only lifeline. Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the rugged frontier, thwarting his efforts to cut her loose until he has no choice but to help her survive, and against the backdrop of a spectacular landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship.
Directed by Frank Hall Green
Grant Pierce (Christian McKay) arrives from London into Madrid, Spain, hoping to be given the chance to meet his favourite painter, American Freddie Lynch (Ben Cura), who is currently staying at a private hotel in an unassuming location outside the city. As Grant steps into the main building of "El Madroño", he troublingly finds Lynch a crippled man whom, he soon reveals, has been unable to actually paint for the better part of a year.
As the two men get to know each other under the watchful eye of one of the owners of the hotel, Michael Redmane (Tom Bateman), they start to piece together the disturbing picture of Freddie's marriage to beautiful writer Chloe Fleury (Andrea Deck) which harbours secrets that will reveal much more than Freddie's recent creative emaciation and clearly defined obsession with her ex- husband.
Based on the 1888 stage play penned by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, "Creditors" is a modern re-telling of his story of love, betrayal, revenge and psychological manipulation, which he considered to be his one true masterpiece.
At times disturbingly funny and cruelly bleak, "Creditors" deals with the most private aspects of human relationships. From questioning our concepts of marriage and fidelity, to trying to establish the role of the modern woman in a world still trapping her within the confines of old fashioned canons, the film's story stirs, moves and sometimes even angrily rebuts our very own personal definitions of each.
Directed by Ben Cura
A man and woman assert power through tongue-of-war. An retiree moves into his new flat and recounts the trials of courtship. A couple ignores smoke on the horizon of their picnic. A boy and girl part ways over ice cream. Girls test the balance of friendship in a game of squash. A breakup leaves a couple bare. Sexual impulses reawaken in a lido swimming pool. A husband and wife push each others buttons— and the buttons of their puppets. Here are eight phases of life between two people: infatuation; indulgence; 'landing'; difference; accepting difference; accepting you cannot accept difference; reawakening; and harmonious discord. These eight (chapters) show the raw and manicured moments of friends and lovers as individuals fire and misfire. They present the story between the brackets: what we share after the beginning and right before the end.
Directed by Ross Casswell
To avoid compulsory retirement and the loss of their unemployment benefits Alfons (Robert Gallinowski) and Carl (Boris Aljinovic) have to attend a job centre initiative to improve their team working ability:
Hiking through Lappland in teams of two!
As soon they meet all the problems that have ruined their lives surface and the two men need to realize that there is only one way to solve them: friendship.
Directed by Heikko Deutschmann
A young prisoner who won't leave his cell gets an unexpected visitor with a message for him.
Directed by Kevin McCann
This film screens all day at an art monitor in the Victor Borge Hall Lounge area
Dispersion, filmed in the highlands and along the coast of Iceland, is a short film by visual artist Joan Perlman about transformation and the passage of time. Glacial ice fragments float in a lagoon near the Atlantic ocean, their shifting light and colors shaped by wind, temperature and water. Real-time movement and dissolution in nature is experienced through a non-verbal narrative of imagery and sound. Perlman's field recordings of melting ice comprise the soundtrack designed in collaboration with Steven Dye. Dispersion is a meditation on the fragility of memory and matter, and loss in the human and natural worlds.
Directed by Joan Perlman
“Tender” transports us to the sunlit morning of a small Finnish town, to quietly witness the almost ritualistic washing of a newborn infant and an elderly man — respectively the town's youngest and oldest residents.
Closely following the interaction between the carer and the cared-for, “Tender” reminds us how profoundly we depend on the concern and labor of others. It asks us to imagine how every attentive touch remains with us throughout our lives, embedded, carrying us from our past into the inevitable future.
Directed by Nurri Kim
96-year old Walter Hansen tells stories about his father, Hans, who emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1899 and built a farm out of the native timber that remains today, much as it was.
Directed by John Richard
Circus Imago ”One chance in a million” is the latest production from the enchanted world of Circus imago. In this matinée film we get to know how it all started, how Anna, Dag and Morgan became friends and how they dealt with the cruel rivalry circus director, Machiavelli. Cirkus imago mixes acrobatics and magic with comedy and drama and conveys a simple but extremely important message, be good to others and believe in yourself.
Directed by Morgan Alling