This fall, Scandinavia House presents a new film series, “Wayward Endeavors: Comedies From the North,” from October 4 through November 1, featuring recent films that explore amusing endeavors in the Nordic quest for happiness, with themes ranging from overly ambitious schemes to romantic misadventures, to unexpected and haphazard quests for fame.
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FRI—October 4: The St. Bernard Syndicate
Two mismatched Danes embark on an ambitious scheme to breed and market St. Bernards in China’s lucrative pet industry in this film by documentarian/provocateur Mad Brügger (Denmark, 2018).
FRI—October 11: Heavy Trip
An amateur Finnish metal band will stop at nothing to play in a Norwegian music festival — even if that means stealing a van, a corpse, and a mental-patient bandmate along the way (directed by Jukko Vidgren and Juuso Laatio, Finland, 2018).
FRI—October 18: Pity the Lovers
A pair of Icelandic brothers who are unlucky in love for very different reasons learn some valuable lessons when they unexpectedly move in back to their childhood home (directed by Maximilian Hult, Sweden/Iceland, 2018).
FRI—October 25: The Cake General
The Cake General follows a similarly heartfelt attempt by an eccentric villager to bring his hometown fame by assembling the world’s largest layer cake — based on a true story, and directed by popular comedy figures Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson (Sweden, 2018).
FRI—November 1: Opportunity Knocks
A remake of the 1972 Norwegian comedy classic follows a couple who get much more than they bargained for when they attempt to remodel a recently inherited home (directed by Arild Frohlich, Norway, 2018).