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Only ASF Members may reserve film tickets by calling 212.847.9746 or by emailing film_reservation@amscan.org.
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.

Upcoming Film Series

Lulu – The Bankrobber’s Wife/Lulu – bankrøverens kone

October 8 through November 14, 2014
Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members), Series pass: $50 ($35 ASF Members)

Steeped with action and love, Lulu – the Bankrobber’s Wife is a drama about a somewhat unusual family. The first season – from the screenwriter of Pusher (Denmark, 1996) – follows the charming Lulu (Lena Maria Christensen), a mother of two who owns a hairdressing salon in the suburbs, and Leon (Lars Brygmann), the children’s charismatic father and habitual criminal. When Leon is arrested and goes to jail, everything changes. In order to make ends meet while also trying to help Leon get out of jail, Lulu is forced to confront a world of crime she knows exists but has no experience with. She comes face to face with a male-dominated underworld full of gangsters, shady characters, prostitutes, and the charming, but corrupt, Detective Patrick Smith (Lars Kaalund), whom Lulu soon develops feelings for. As she tries to keep the family together while taking over her husband’s criminal life, Lulu suddenly finds herself living on the edge of the law.
Each episode is 43 min. and in Danish with English subtitles.

Episode 1: The Wedding/Brudte løfter
Followed by Episode 2: Mehmet and the Girls/Kærlighed og brugte biler

October 8 & 10

Episode 1: The Wedding/Brudte løfter
Episode 1: The Wedding/Brudte løfter

Directed by Jannik Johansen (Denmark, 2009). Lulu and Leon are getting married. Five years ago Leon proposed and Lulu said yes, but on the condition that he stay out of jail and out of trouble for five years. Those five years have come and gone and Leon has arranged a huge wedding party. When the party ends with a surprise Lulu finds herself questioning who the man she married really is.

Episode 2: Mehmet and the Girls/Kærlighed og brugte biler

Episode 2: Mehmet and the Girls/Kærlighed og brugte bilerDirected by Jannik Johansen (Denmark, 2009). Leon is taken into custody and charged with organizing the highly publicized Hvidovre Heist – a charge he denies. Detectives Ole Sund (Henning Valin Jakobsen) and Patrick Smith lead the investigation against Leon; in an attempt to obtain a confession from Leon, they freeze all of his family’s assets.

Suddenly Lulu has no money. In an attempt to make ends meet she is forced into collecting payments from some of Leon’s shady acquaintances and soon finds herself on a rocky journey in to the criminal underworld. Meanwhile, with a father jailed in a high profile case and a mother who has strange and dangerous visitors, Lulu and Leon’s children grasp at a sense of normalcy.

Episode 3: Poker Night/Hvad der ligger i kortene
Followed by Episode 4: Alexandra, the Neighbor’s Wife!/Naboens kone

October 15 & 17

Episode 3: Poker Night/Hvad der ligger i kortene

Episode 3: Poker Night/Hvad der ligger i korteneDirected by Christina Rosendahl (Denmark, 2009). Lulu decides to investigate what Leon was really doing on the night of the Hvidovre Heist. According to Leon, he and his half-brother Ken (Thomas Levin) arranged a poker night in the basement with a third player. But what were Leon and Ken actually doing that night? A disturbing truth emerges when Lulu tracks down Ken and Detective Patrick Smith tightens the net around Leon.

All the while Lulu’s daughter Isabella (Nicole Johansen) tries desperately to impress a band that doesn’t really want her as their lead singer.

Episode 4: Alexandra, the Neighbor’s Wife!/Naboens kone

Episode 4: Alexandra, the Neighbor’s Wife!/Naboens koneDirected by Christina Rosendahl (Denmark, 2009). Not only does Leon keep Lulu in the dark about the true nature of his work, but she has now discovered convincing evidence that Leon had an affair. In her attempt to uncover the truth about Leon and Alexandra (Lene Nystrøm), the neighbor’s beautiful wife, Lulu discovers that not all is as it seems in their quaint suburban neighborhood. Isabella is still fighting to get into the band, which kindles a jealousy that Johnny (Jacob Randrup), Leon’s nephew, didn’t know he had. In an attempt to help the family replace their broken refrigerator, Isabella and Johnny get Lulu and the family into even more trouble.

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Episode 5: The Girls from Ukraine/Faldne kvinder
Followed by Episode 6: Getting Closer!/Noget ved musikken

October 22 & 24

Episode 5: The Girls from Ukraine/Faldne kvinder

Episode 5: The Girls from Ukraine/Faldne kvinderDirected by Natasha Arthy (Denmark, 2009). Trapped behind bars, Leon is getting desperate. He does not trust the police and wants to get out so he can prove his own innocence. A fellow inmate, Allan (Jens Basse Dam), has information about the actual perpetrators behind the Hvidovre Heist but won’t say anything without a favor. A group of Ukrainian girls need to be trans-ported from a boat at the harbor to a worn down brothel on the outskirts of town. Leon turns to Lulu for help and she agrees. But Lulu turns out to be the wrong person for the job and suddenly she and her children are in grave danger.

Episode 6: Getting Closer!/Noget ved musikken

Episode 6: Getting Closer!/Noget ved musikkenDirected by Natasha Arthy (Denmark, 2009). Leon is beaten to a pulp in jail and left without the information he had hoped for. Moreover he knows that his wife doubts him. Lulu is finally starting to understand who the man she has lived with for all these years truly is – a realization Detective Patrick Smith seems very eager to help her with.

In an attempt to get her band a gig, Isabella looks up an old popular music hall and Leon puts her in touch with the manager. The manager is quick to show an interest and gives her a bundle of cash that turns out not to be entirely clean...

Episode 7: The Letter/Røveren der blev røvet
Followed by Episode 8: Christmas Jail Break/Glædelig f#@king jul

October 29 & 31

Episode 7: The Letter/Røveren der blev røvet

Episode 7: The Letter/Røveren der blev røvetDirected by Carsten Myllerup (Denmark, 2010). Lulu is in disarray. She doubts whether or not she is in love with Leon and Leon now knows that Detective Patrick Smith has been getting close to her. Taking a colleague’s advice, Lulu writes a letter to Leon, reminiscing about the past and recalling the love they shared in their life together.

Meanwhile, Johnny wants to surprise Isabella with a special gift, a gift that requires a gun and a bank. Inadvertently, Isabella finds herself in the glaring spotlight of the police. Lulu solicits Detective Patrick Smith’s help and is now convinced that she no longer loves Leon…

Episode 8: Christmas Jail Break/Glædelig f#@king jul

Episode 8: Christmas Jail Break/Glædelig f#@king julDirected by Carsten Myllerup and Jannik Johansen (Denmark, 2010). On Christmas Eve Lulu visits Leon in jail. She has a pile of divorce papers with her. Hurt and angry, Leon decides to escape so he can spend Christmas with his family – mostly for the kids’ sake, but also to keep Detective Patrick Smith at bay.

Lulu tries desperately to maintain some semblance of Christmas cheer at home even though both her children are unhappy. When Isabella smuggles Johnny into the basement to hide him from the police without Lulu’s knowledge, Detective Patrick Smith pays an unexpected visit…

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Episode 9: Back Home/På dope
Followed by Episode 10: Lulu and the Heist/De døde

November 5 & 7

Episode 9: Back Home/På dope

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark, 2010). Emotionally hurt, physically injured, and stitched back together, Leon is a prisoner in his own home. Detective Patrick Smith has secret plans for Leon and Lulu does not know what to do about having both men under the same roof. The detective is more interested in Leon’s unrealized plans to rob a money transport en route to Frankfurt that is full of the euros spent in Denmark during the Christmas holidays. Patrick’s colleague, Ole Sund, is suspicious of Patrick’s intentions and visits Lulu’s house unannounced.

Meanwhile, Isabella hides Johnny in her room and takes advantage of the situation to get closer to him – maybe even too close. Jonathan (Jacob Ottensten) makes a dangerous cocktail full of prescription drugs for Patrick because there is nothing he wants more than to have his father back home, but things don’t quite turn out as planned…

Episode 10: Lulu and the Heist/De døde

Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark, 2010). Lulu awakens from a coma at the hospital with Leon sitting beside her. She quickly realizes that he did everything in his power to save her and is touched by his undying devotion.

Detective Ole Sund visits Lulu after discovering that Detective Patrick Smith has been lying to Sund about his loyalties. Patrick needs to be stopped but it seems hopeless. Lulu decides to take matters into her own hands and attempts to keep Leon out of it. Armed with her feminine charm, Lulu tries to convince Patrick that she doesn’t want Leon anymore and that she wants to help Patrick commit the euro heist.

Episode 11: Caught in the Middle/35 Million Euro
Followed by Episode 12: Life after Death/I skabet

November 12 & 14

Episode 11: Caught in the Middle/ 35 Million Euro

Directed by Christina Rosendahl (Denmark, 2010). Detective Patrick Smith doesn’t think he can rob the transport without Leon’s help. So Patrick threatens Leon and lies to get him out of jail in order to get him into the detective’s custody. Suddenly, Lulu finds herself caught between the man she loves and the man who is destroying her life and family, and she is forced to side with Patrick in order to maintain his trust. The euro heist is just hours away and the line between suc-cess and fiasco, life and death, is dangerously thin.

Episode 12: Life after Death/I skabet

Directed by Christina Rosendahl (Denmark, 2010). Will Lulu and Leon ever be reunited? Can the family be salvaged? The hour of reckoning is near and Detective Patrick Smith has plans of his own, but there is still hope for Lulu and Leon.

 

 

Special thanks to MHz Networks and DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation).

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exhibition icon Exhibition-related Film Series

The Cliff – Depth of Darkness/Hraunið

Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
December 3 through 12, 2014
$10 ($7 ASF Members) | #IcelandArt

When Reykjavík crime detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson) is called in to investigate a suicide case on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the case turns out to be far from simple. Pulled into a sinister trail of evidence, Runarsson’s own deeply hidden secrets are unearthed. But when his daughter is kidnapped, will he have to turn a blind eye to murder to save her life?
Each episode is 45 min. and in Icelandic with English subtitles.

Episode 1 & 2

December 3 & 5

Episode 1

Directed by Reynir Lyngdal (Iceland, 2014). A well-known businessman, Björn Sveinsson (Magnús Ragnarsson), is found dead at his summer cottage and Detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson is sent to investigate. Initially Sveinsson’s death appears to be a suicide, but when further examined, the case becomes more complex.

Episode 2

Directed by Reynir Lyngdal (Iceland, 2014). Björn Sveinsson received several threats the day he died. As a result his death is now being investigated as a murder. For Detective Runarsson pressure is added by his combative new colleague Gréta (Heida Reed). But when a little girl disappears into the lava field, the focus shifts as everyone tries to find the girl before it is too late.

Episodes 3 & 4

December 10 & 12

Episode 3

Directed by Reynir Lyngdal (Iceland, 2014). The tangled web of murder becomes more complicated as Detective Runarsson realizes that the case is bigger in scope than he realized. A pattern of similar murders emerges outside of Iceland and Sveinsson’s death threats came from three different sources and large sums of money were withdrawn from his bank account just before he died.

Episode 4

Directed by Reynir Lyngdal (Iceland, 2014). With all professional disagreements between Helgi and Gréta a thing of the past, they work together closely to solve the murder investigation.

But the detective’s own secrets threaten to get in the way of solving the case. As he and Gréta come closer to discovering the truth, Runarsson receives a threat that changes everything. In order to uncover the truth, he now has to break the law.

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See also ICELAND: Artists Respond to Place in EXHIBITIONS section.

Special thanks to Pegasus Pictures.

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Upcoming Films

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TOVE JANSSON CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Escape from Moomin Valley/Fången i Mumindalen

Thursday, October 23, 7 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

Directed by Charlotte Airas (Finland, 2014). Tove Jansson became world famous for her books about the Moomins, but her artistry was so much more than the good-hearted creatures that have captured the hearts of both children and adults the world over. Jansson was a versatile and prolific artist and author, who above all considered herself a painter.

Escape from Moomin Valley delves into Jansson’s life outside of the Moomins, portraying her early years and her search for an artistic identity in Europe between the two World Wars. With her multifaceted life’s work, Jansson became one of the key artists in Finnish visual art during the post-war golden age of Modernism. Although it was the Moomin books that brought Jansson worldwide fame and adoration, her career as a painter was sidelined. What happens to a person when she becomes world-renowned but not for the thing that is closest to her heart?
58 minutes. In Swedish with English subtitles.

About the director

Charlotte Airas is a Finnish-Swedish director and freelance journalist. She graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1979 with an M.A. in Philosophy and Literature. Since 1977 Airas has worked as a freelance journalist at YLE, Finland’s national public service broadcasting company. She also worked as a freelance correspondent in Brazil from 1980-82 and in Paris 1992-99. The bulk of Airas’ professional career has been as a director of TV documentaries, among them The Young Schjerfbeck/Den unga Schjerfbeck (Finland, 2012), about Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s greatest artists and one of the most important and recognized artists in the entire Nordic region; and The 4th Chair – The Art of How to End a War/Neljäs tuoli (2006), a documentary about the 1999 Kosovo peace talks.

Special thanks to Making Movies.

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See also The Woman Who Borrowed Memories – Discussion & Book Release in LECTURES & LITERARY section.

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food Smörgås Chef’s Dinner & a Movie

Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$33 per person ($29 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 reservations, please call Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House at 212.686.4230 or visit smorgas.com.

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