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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.

Upcoming Film Series

New Nordic Cinema

Extended through May 29, 2015 – No films the week of May 18, 2015
Wednesdays @ 7 pm & Fridays @ 6:30 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

This spring Scandinavia House brings some of the most influential Nordic films to New York audiences. The series begins this season with films from Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands; films from Norway will be announced at a later date.


April 29 & May 1

Northwest/NordvestDirected by Michael Noer (Denmark, 2013). Northwest is one of the most impoverished, multi-ethnic areas of Copenhagen. Living here with his mother, younger brother, and little sister is 18-year-old Casper (Gustav Dyekjær Giese), who struggles to make ends meet based on selling stolen goods to Jamal (Dulfi Al-Jabouri) one of the neighborhood's gang leaders.

When organized crime hits Northwest, the hierarchy of the neighborhood shifts and Casper is offered a chance to climb the ranks. Soon he is hurled into a world of drugs, violence, and prostitution, and as matters escalate, his childhood playground becomes a battlefield.  Consequently Casper finds himself and his family in the dead center of a conflict that threatens to destroy them all.
91 min. In Danish with English subtitles.

About the director

Michael NoerAward-winning Danish director Michael Noer graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2003, specializing in documentary filmmaking.

His first feature film (2010), co-directed by Tobias Lindholm, and the documentaries Vesterbro (2007) and The Wild Hearts (2008) have marked him as one of the most talented directors of his time. won top awards at Gothenburg and Mumbai film festivals plus several accolades at the two top annual Danish awards ceremonies Bodil and Robert. For their work on the film, Noer and Lindholm received the Nordisk Film Award in 2010 and the Carl Th. Dreyer Award in 2011. His films show Noer to be an empathetic and patient filmmaker with a distinct talent for combining unfeigned interest and loyalty regarding his characters with a highly developed sense of intimacy and nuances in individual scenes.

Noer's second feature film Northwest was selected for the 2013 Gothenburg International Film Festival, where the film was nominated for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film and Noer won the FIPRESCI Prize.

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May 6 & 8

Directed by Katrin Ottarsdóttir (The Faroe Islands, 2014). Ludo is an intense psychological drama about an 11-year-old girl (Lea Blaaberg) caught between her mother’s (Hildigunn Eyðfinsdóttir) dark and unstable mind and her father’s (Hjálmar Dam) well-meaning passivity. On the surface, the family appears to be happy and close-knit, living a comfortable life in their beautiful village in the Faroe Islands. However there is more than meets the eye inside their home as sinister tensions lurk in their midst.

What is it like to be shut in with mental illness? In a slow-paced, melodramatic, and highly expressionistic style, the film takes audiences on a psychological journey into the center of the family’s claustrophobic universe.
71 min. In Faroese with English subtitles

About the director

Director Katrin Ottarsdóttir (b. 1957) born in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, Ottarsdóttir moved to Denmark in 1976 and became a film director after graduating from The National Film School of Denmark in 1982. Her first feature film – Atlantic Rhapsody – 52 myndir úr Tórshavn (1989) – was a humorous look at everyday life in Tórshavn in 52 scenes and was the Faroe Islands' first professional feature film. It was awarded the Nordic Film Institute Prize at Lübeck Nordic Film Days in 1989.

Ottarsdóttir's films that followed include the melancholic comedy The Man Who was Allowed to Leave/Maðurin ið slap at fara (1995) and the tragi-comic road movie Bye Bye Bluebird/Bye Bye Bye Blue Bird (1999), about two eccentric young women who return to their native Faroe Islands and embark on a road trip where they must face their families and their past. Bye Bye Bluebird won the NDR Promotion Prize at Lübeck Nordic Film Days (1999) and the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2000). Ludo is the director's third film and the first Faroese feature film since 1999 and recently was awarded a Platinum Remi Award at the 48th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival (April 2015).

She has also directed a number of short films and a trilogy of documentaries that portray Faroese artists, including No One Can Achieve Perfection/Eigin kann gera tað perfekta (2008) – about sculptor Hans Pauli Olsen; A Line a Day Must Be Enough!/Ein regla um dagin má vera nokk! (2008) – about poet and artist Tóroddur Poulsen; and Traces Grow Out of Words/Sporini ur orðum (2009) – about the author Jóanes Nielsen. Ottarsdóttir's more experimental works include the film installation Memories from an Apartment(2011), which consisted of five black and white short films that ran simultaneously in a five-room apartment.

Based in Denmark, Ottarsdóttir and her husband, producer Hugin Eide, run their own production company, Blue Bird Films.


May 13 & 15

This film will be announced at a later date. Please check this space for more information.


May 27 & 29

This film will be announced at a later date. Please check this space for more information.

Special thanks to The Danish Film Institute, Estonian Film Institute, The Finnish Film Foundation, Making Movies Oy. Media Luna, The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands, The Norwegian Film Institute, and The Swedish Film Institute.

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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 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 include one admission to that evening's film screening.

For reservations, please call Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House at 212.686.4230 or visit

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