Only ASF Members may reserve tickets by calling 212.847.9746 or by emailing email@example.com.
All films are subtitled in English. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the film. Film screenings are held in Victor Borge Hall, named in honor of the legendary Danish entertainer and in recognition of his generosity to Scandinavia House.
Wednesdays @ 7 pm, January 8, 15, & 22, 2014
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
Catch an exclusive sneak peek of films chosen by the Nordic countries to compete for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for 2013, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Directed by Gabriela Pichler (Sweden, 2012). Set in present day southern Sweden, Eat Sleep Die centers on the story of 20-year old Muslim Swedish/Balkan factory worker Raša (Nermina Lukač), who lives with her sickly father (Milan Dragišić) in a small town. When the local factory reduces its staff, she loses her job and must attempt to wade through the Swedish unemployment system.
The film follows her struggle to simultaneously find a new job and care for her father. Shuttling between meetings at the employment office and with her job coach, Raša vacillates between frustration and a lust for revenge. With no high school diploma and no job, she finds herself on collision course with Swedish society and its comical world of bureaucracy and contradicting values and expectations. All she wants is that life should be something more than just eat, sleep, die.
Insightful and edgy, Eat Sleep Die is an art-house drama that explores themes of working class values, unemployment, immigration, and paternal love.
In Swedish, Montenegrin, and Serbian with English subtitles.
About the director
Gabriela Pichler (b. 1980) was born into a working class family in a segregated suburb of Stockholm. Her Bosnian and Austrian-born parents later moved the family to the countryside. Pichler left her stable job at a cookie factory to attend the School of Film Directing in Gothenburg. Pichler’s graduation project, the short film Scratches/Skrapsår (2009), won the Guldbagge Award for Best Short Film (2010) and has received several international awards, including Best Film at the Fresh Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic.
Pichler’s films focus on social class and cultural identity. Her work searches for authenticity and the unexpected in everyday life, and often incorporates amateurs as actors. Chosen this year among Variety’s “10 European Directors to Watch,” her filmmaking style has been compared to the social realism of the Dardenne brothers and to Lukas Moodysson’s early works.
Made with the desire to show a different side of Sweden, Eat Sleep Die is Pichler’s debut feature film. It has received several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Angers’ Premiers Plans Film Festival in France, the Audience Award at Venice Film Festival, and a Greta Award from the Swedish Film Critics Association. In 2012 it won Best Film at the Guldbagge Awards; Gabriela Pichler was awarded two awards – Best Director and Best Screenplay and Nermina Lukač won Best Actress. Eat Sleep Die was also nominated for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize.
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark, 2012). Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen) is well-liked and respected in the small, close-knit suburban town where he grew up and made a life. After a tough divorce, Lucas is focused on forging a relationship with Marcus (Lasse Fogelstrøm), his teenage son, spending time with his lifelong best friends Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) and Bruun (Lars Ranthe), and continuing his work at the local kindergarten, where he is a beloved teacher.
As things are starting to improve, a misunderstanding with Theo's young daughter spurs a poisonous thorn into Lucas' life: she implies to the head of the daycare that Lucas has acted inappropriately. Caught up in the rumor, one by one, several small children at the local kindergarten confirm the accusation. As the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spreads like a virus. The shock and mistrust get out of hand and the small community finds itself in a collective state of hysteria, while Lucas fights a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
In this psychological drama, director Thomas Vinterberg remorselessly turns the screws on Lucas, showing how easily public opinion can embrace mob mentality and blood lust, and testing how even a fundamentally good man responds to such malignant force.
In Danish and Polish with English subtitles.
About the director
Thomas Vinterberg (b. 1969) graduated from the Danish Film School in 1993. His graduation film Last Round was nominated for a student Oscar. In 1995 he wrote the Dogme 95 manifesto, together with Lars von Trier, and started a movement that refused the use of expensive and spectacular special effects. Vinterberg’s famous Dogme film, The Celebration/Festen (1998), was the first film of the movement. It received international awards including the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival (1998) and European Discovery of the Year at the European Film Awards (1998).
Vinterberg has directed two English-language films, It´s All About Love (2003), with Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes, and Sean Penn, and Dear Wendy (2005), starring Jamie Bell and written by Lars von Trier. He returned to the Danish language with the comedy, When a Man Comes Home/En mand kommer hjem (2007), followed by Submarino (2010).
The Hunt premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor Award. The Hunt was also the winner of the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize.
Thomas Vinterberg is currently the president of the Un Certain Regard jury at Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, 2013). Set in a quirky horse-riding community in the Icelandic countryside, Of Horses and Men conveys the powerful and transcendent bond between horse and man; its theme is that classic story of the fight between man and nature and the efforts of humans to harness the animalistic powers of nature for their own gain – or downfall.
Erlingsson's boldly distinctive direction reveals an inventive eye and sensitivity to the confluence of spirit between man and animal, a balancing desire and jealousy with the cycles of life.
In Icelandic, Swedish, and Spanish with English subtitles.
About the director
Benedikt Erlingsson (b. 1969) is one of Iceland’s most successful stage directors in the last decade. He has received several Grima Awards for his work as a director, author, and actor, and the winner of numerous Edda Awards. He is well known in Iceland for his acting in the TV series Blood Brothers/Fostbrædur (1997-99), and has also acted in a number of feature films, including Lars von Trier's The Boss of It All/Direktøren for det hele (Denmark, 2006).
Erlingsson has directed two short films: Thanks (2007), which received the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the BE-Film Festival in New York in 2008, and The Nail (2008), which received a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in 2008.
Of Horses and Men is Erlingsson’s feature film debut, and for it he was awarded the Kutxa-New Directors Awards at the San Sebastian International Film Festival (2013).
Special thanks to the Danish Film Institute, the Icelandic Film Centre, Magnolia Pictures, and the Swedish Film Institute.
Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$31 per person ($27 ASF Members)
Pairing top-notch Scandinavian cinema with fine Nordic cuisine, Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House continues its popular Dinner & a Movie prix-fixe 2-course dinner menu. Available from 5 to10 pm (the last seating is at 9 pm), this ongoing offer features a selection of favorite dishes including herb-roasted chicken, cured gravlaks and Swedish meatballs, and include one admission to that evening’s film screening..
For dinner reservations, please call Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House at 212.847.9745 or visit smorgas.com.