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Only ASF Members may reserve film tickets by calling 212.847.9746 or by emailing
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.

Film Series

New Nordic Cinema

February 19 through May 16, 2014
Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members); Series pass: $100 ($70 ASF Members)

Scandinavia House brings some of the most influential Nordic films to New York audiences this spring with films from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

The Shooter/Skytten

April 23 & 25

The Shooter

Directed by Annette K. Olesen (Denmark, 2013). In this remake of Tom Hedegaard’s 1977 political thriller of the same title, geophysicist and political commentator Mia Moesgaard (Trine Dyrholm) is pressured into stating that she would not be surprised if citizens took action against the risky oil drillings in Greenland, or even turned to violent protest. Her statement soon triggers Rasmus (Kim Bodnia), a former Olympic marksman, who decides to make her words come alive. He gives Danish politicians an ultimatum: “Stop drilling in the Arctic or I will start taking lives!” Before she knows it, Mia is drawn into his master plan.
94 min. In Danish with English subtitles.


About the director

Annette K. OlesenAnnette K. Olesen (b. 1965, Denmark) graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 1991. She has made a number of award-winning feature films, short fiction films, and documentaries, as well as commercials. Olesen made her breakthrough at home and abroad with Minor Mishaps/Små ulykker (2002), which won the Blue Angel Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (2004). In 2004 she directed In Your Hands/Forbrydelser, which was selected for the main competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. For her work on The Shooter, she received an honorary award at the São Paulo International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Olesen has also directed the drama Little Solider/Lille soldat (2009), which screened at Scandinavia House in 2011; and a number of episodes for the hugely popular TV-series Borgen (2010), which screened at Scandinavia House in 2012.

A Hijacking/Kapringen

April 30 & May 2
*The screening on Friday, May 2 begins at 7 pm

A Hijacking

Directed by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark, 2012). The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbor when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death.

With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the Somali pirates.
99 min. In Danish with English subtitles.


Tobias LindholmAbout the director

Tobias Lindholm made his directorial debut with the tough prison drama R (2010; co-directed by Michael Noer). As a scriptwriter Lindholm has worked with Thomas Vinterberg on the acclaimed drama Submarino – winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize (2010; screened at Scandinavia House in 2012) and The Hunt/Jagten (2012; screened at Scandinavia House in 2014). Since 2010 Lindholm has written several episodes for the internationally-acclaimed and BAFTA-winning TV-series Borgen.

Short Films from the Faroe Islands

May 7 & 9

In the last twenty-five years the history of Faroese cinema has only consisted of a handful of feature films. However, in recent years a creative pool of filmmakers has established itself to redefine a stronger, more progressive voice in the cinematic community for the Faroe Islands. This evening places the spotlight on these Faroese filmmakers and their work.

Expedition to the End of the World/Ekspeditionen til verdens ende

May 14 & 16

Expedition to the end of the world

Directed by Daniel Dencik (Denmark, 2013). A real adventure film for the 21st century: on a three-mast schooner packed with artists, scientists, and ambitions worthy of Noah or Columbus, we set off for the end of the world – the rapidly melting massifs of North-East Greenland. On this epic journey brave sailors encounter polar bear nightmares, Stone Age playgrounds, and entirely new species.

In their encounter with new, unknown parts of the world, however, the crew of scientists and artists are also confronted the existential questions of life. Curiosity, grand pathos and a liberating dose of humor come together in a superbly orchestrated film where one iconic image after the other seduces us far beyond the historical footnote that is humanity. A film conceived and brought to life on a grand scale – a long forgotten childhood dream lived out by grown artists and scientists.
90 min. In English and Danish with English subtitles.


About the director

Daniel Dencik (b. 1972, Sweden) is a director, editor, and scriptwriter. He studied film editing at the National Film School of Denmark, graduating in 1999. His editing work includes Into Eternity: A Film for the Future (2010), Noi the Albino/Nói albínói (2001; screened at Scandinavia House in 2009) and Five Obstructions (2003).

Dencik made his documentary film debut with Moon Rider in 2012. Also a writer of poetry and short stories, his latest book Through Disasters/Via katastroferne (Gyldendals Forlag, 2012) was nominated for Politiken’s 2012 Literature Prize in Denmark.

Special thanks to the Danish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Icelandic Film Centre, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, Corinth Films, Magnolia Pictures, and Chezville.

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Exhibitions Exhibition-Related Film Series

Sámi Side of Life: Films from the Far North

Wednesdays @ 7 pm, June 4 through 18, 2014
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

A cycle of nine films – including feature-length narrative and documentary films, short films, and music videos – dedicated to exploring facets of Sámi identity through artistic means.

Selects from the Tromsø International Film Festival

June 4

A package of Sámi films chosen by the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), including the experimental dance films The Wind Whispers There is Someone Behind the Tundra (Norway, 2006) and The Yoiking Hand/Juoigangiehta (Norway, 2011), and the narrative documentary Sámi Daughter Yoik/ Sámi nieida jojk (Sweden, 2007).

The Wind Whispers There is Someone Behind the Tundra/Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames

The Wind Whispers There is Someone Behind the Tundra

Directed by Ken Are Bongo & Elle Sofe Henriksen (Norway, 2006). As dancers travel through time and space, enjoying the wonders of the sky, they find different objects that connect them to their Sámi ancestors and reveal a belief in the powers of nature. Choreographed by Elle Sofe Henriksen/Johtti kompani, the silent film's impressionistic imagery is inspired by the poem Biegga savkala duoddariid duohken lea soames by award-winning Sámi poet Synnøve Persen.
10 min.

The Yoiking Hand/Juoigangiehta

Directed by Elle Sofe Henriksen (Norway, 2011). A short documentary and dance film by choreographer and filmmaker Elle Sofe Henrikson that provides brief insight into Sámi culture. The Yoiking Hand features the unrehearsed movements of three traditional Sámi yoikers and their thoughts about why the hand moves in a certain way while yoiking.
5 min. In Sámi with English subtitles.

Sami Daughter YoikSámi Daughter Yoik/Sámi nieida jojk

Directed by Liselotte Wajstedt (Sweden, 2007). Sámi Daughter Yoik is a beautiful, fractured documentary that delves deeply into the insecurity, humor, and vulnerability of a young urban Sámi woman trying to understand herself. Armed with a few Sámi phrases learned in a summer course and a kolt (traditional Sámi outer garment), director Liselotte Wajstedt sets off on a road trip determined to find a connection to her culture. Part video diary, part experimental animation, this film explores the excitement of the filmmaker’s self-discovery and her frustration at trying to fit into a culture that she doesn’t fully understand. The painful and often hilarious trials of Wajstedt reveal that defining indigenous identities is truly an international struggle.
58 minutes. In Swedish and Sámi with English subtitles.

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Selects from the Sápmi Indigenous Film & Art Festival

June 11

A package of Sámi short films and music videos picked by Dellie maa – the Sápmi Indigenous Film & Art Festival that goes beyond traditional portraits of Sámi culture and represents a fresh, new wave of Sámi storytelling and filmmaking, including works by Oskar Östergren, Marja Bål Nango, Amanda Kernell, Ken Are Bongo and Elle Márjá Eira, and Per-Josef Idivuoma and Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen.

8 Seasons, 8 Films/8 årstider – 8 filmer*

Directed by Oskar Östergren (Sweden, 2014). The climate of Northern Scandinavia fluctuates from the coldest, darkest winters to the brightest, warmest summers. It is through the filter of these shifting seasons that the indigenous Sámi developed their view of life and nature through history. As a nomadic culture, nature is the most sacred element of life to the Sámi and in these fluid conditions, four seasons are not enough to describe their relationship to it.

Comprised of eight documentary short films, 8 Seasons, 8 Films introduces audiences to the eight different Sámi seasons through the interpretations of eight different artists, spreading knowledge about traditional and modern Sámi life and expressing the different feelings that the Sámi seasons represent.

The eight seasons and their respective artists include:
Deep Winter/Daelvie | Monica Edmondson, glass art
Early Spring/Gïjre-daelvie | Sofia Jannok, music
True Spring/Gïjre | Ola Stinnerbom, stage art
Early Summer/Gïjre-giesie | Oliver Israelsson, handiwork
True Summer/Giesie | Anders Sunna, visual arts
Early Autumn/Tjaktje-giesie | Lena Stenberg, photo/installations
True Autumn/Tjaktje | Lena Lundin Skott, handiwork
Early Winter/Tjaktje-daelvie | Tomas Colbengtson, graphics/glass art
40 min. Each film is 5 min. & in Swedish with English subtitles.
*Q & A with director Oskar Östergren follows screening.

Before She Came, After He Left/Før hun kom, etter han dro

Directed by Marja Bål Nango (Norway, 2012). In Sámi artist and filmmaker Marja Bål Nango’s deeply affecting film, a young man on the verge of marriage questions the frailty of life and the complex bonds of friendship after a recent tragedy.
22 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

The Association of Joy

The Association of Joy

Directed by Amanda Kernell (Denmark, 2013). Charlotte (Ida Dwinger) and her husband Mads (Bo Carlsson) live a privileged but lonely upper-class life without children. An educational project for Thai girls seems to be the way out of boredom and into the charitable limelight for Charlotte.

Teenage Joy (Maryann Salvador) moves from Thailand to Denmark to be inserted into Charlotte and Mads’ beau monde villa – complete with swimming pool. But Joy is not at all interested in Charlotte's care or her offer of education and makes it very difficult for Charlotte to be the good person she so desperately wants to be.
25 min.

To Herd Reindeer/Guoðohit

To Herd Reindeer

Directed by Ken Are Bongo & Elle Márjá Eira (Norway, 2013). A unique, music video encounter with a Sámi reindeer herding family. We follow the artist's father and brother herding their family's reindeer in the tundra, in Northern Norway. Both the music and the film capture the essence of this unique lifestyle in the coldest time of winter. Old traditions are passed on to the younger generation. Sámi artist Elle Márjá is portrayed through her personal joik, performed by her father Per Henrik Eira.
6 min.

Sound of Snowy WindSound of Snowy Wind/Guoldu njurgo

Directed by Per-Josef Idivuoma (Norway, 2013). Sámi musician and reindeer herder Lars-Ánte Kuhmunen’s Sound of Snowy Wind music video portrays a schizophrenic man in northern Scandinavia that ends up in a gunfight with himself. From his album Somás muittut (Stierdna, 2012).
5 ½ min.


The Cuckoo/Kukushka

June 18

Written & directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin (Russia & Finland, 2002). In Alexander Rogozhkin’s surprisingly gentle film set in Finland near the end of the World War II, uniforms, national alliances, even the markings on a fighter plane can be misleading, and the assumptions spawned by language and cultural barriers can be both comic and dangerous.

When Anni (Anni-Kristiina Juuso), a solitary young Sámi woman, offers escaped Finnish sniper Veikko (Ville Haapasalo) and Ivan (Viktor Bychkov), a Russian captain accused of anti-Soviet correspondence, refuge on her primitive homestead, the trio of lost souls – none of whom speak the other’s language – must coexist without fully understanding each other.

The Cuckoo is a meditation on the ability of people to feel tenderness for each other as individuals, even when they believe they have nothing in common.
104 min. In Russian, Finnish, & Sámi with English subtitles.

Special thanks to the Tromsø International Film Festival, Dellie maa – Sámpi Indigenous Film & Art Festival, and Sony Picture Classics.

See also Sámi Stories: Art and Identity of an Arctic People in EXHIBITIONS section.

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food Smörgås Chef’s Dinner & a Movie

Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$31 per person ($27 ASF Members)

Pairing top-notch Scandinavian cinema and music with fine Nordic cuisine, Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House continues its popular Dinner & a Movie prix-fixe 2-course dinner menu. Available from 5 to 10 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 includes one admission to that evening’s film screening.

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