Only ASF Members may reserve film tickets by calling 212.847.9746 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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.
Tuesday, January 6, 7 pm; Wednesday, January 14, 7 pm;
& Wednesday, January 21, 7 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
Catch an exclusive sneak peek of the films chosen by Finland, Iceland, and Sweden to compete for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film for 2014, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Directed by Pirjo Honkasalo (Finland, Sweden, & Denmark, 2013). Simo (Johannes Brotherus) is a 14 year-old boy in search of himself, unable to yet decode and interpret life around him. He and his big brother Ilkka (Jari Virman) are the sons of a helpless and unpredictable single mother (Anneli Karppinen). Their chaotic home is located deep in the heart of a concrete jungle in Helsinki. Ilkka has one day of freedom left before starting his prison sentence and their mother persuades Simo to spend this last night with him.
During the last 24 hours of Ilkka's freedom, the brothers roam around Helsinki, witnessing incidents they would rather not have seen. Vulnerable Simo is not equipped to justify what he sees or delude himself. To him, the unfiltered world seems unbearable. Finally a casual encounter with a photographer, whose intentions Simo misreads, launches him into blind fear. In the panic-stricken violence that ensues, Simo finds his missing identity, his true face.
Director Pirjo Honkasalo wrote the film script based on the hard-driving novel of the same name by Pirkko Saisio. Published in 1981, the novel foreshadowed the disconnected world we live in today. Honkasalo's bold and perceptive urban film is a dream-like odyssey about the fragile mind of a young boy and the loss of innocence.
96 min. | In Finnish with English subtitles.
About the director
Pirjo Honkasalo (b. 1974, Helsinki) is an established director, cinematographer, and screen writer who has won numerous awards for her work. She directed several feature films in the 1970s and 80s together with Pekka Lehto, including Flame Top/Tulipää (1980), which was chosen for the 1981 Cannes Film Festival. In the 1990s she focused on featured documentaries, directing the award-winning The Trilogy of the Sacred and the Satanic (Mysterion, Tanjuska and the 7 Devils, and Atman) (1991, 1993, and 1997) and returned to feature films with Fire-Eater in 1998 and again in 2014 with Concrete Night.
Honkasalo has over 20 retrospectives of her work worldwide, has acted as a member of several international juries, and actively gives international master classes. She is also Finland's first female cinematographer to shoot a feature film. Honaksalo acts as director and cinematographer in each of her documentaries.
Concrete Night won six Jussi Awards in 2014, among them the Jussi for Best Direction and for Best Film. The film made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Master series and is also Finland's official entry for the Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
Directed by Baldvin Zophoníasson (Iceland, 2014). Three different tales of three different people, all of whom end up having a lasting effect on one another. Twenty years after a horrible personal tragedy, a middle-aged writer (Þorsteinn Bachmann) still drinks himself into oblivion every day. A young, single mother (Hera Hilmar) moonlights as a prostitute to make ends meet. A former soccer star (Thor Kristjansson) is recruited into the snake pit of international banking and loses touch with his family.
128 min. | In Icelandic with English subtitles.
About the director
Baldvin Zophoníasson was born in Iceland and studied filmmaking in Denmark. He directed the documentary short Fáou Já (2013), and wrote and directed the short film Hotel Earth (2009), and the feature Jitters (2010). Life in a Fishbowl (2014) is his latest film.
Directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, 2014). This wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family – handsome businessman Tomas (Johannes Kuhnke), his willowy wife Ebba (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and their two blond children – on a family skiing holiday in the French Alps. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche suddenly bears down on the happy diners.
With people fleeing in all directions and his wife and children in a state of panic, Tomas makes a decision that will shake his marriage to its core and leave him struggling to reclaim his role as family patriarch.
Force Majeure questions some of our guarded truths: What if you learn that you are not the person you thought you were?
118 min. | In Swedish, English, and French with English subtitles.
About the director
Ruben Östlund (b.1974, Styrsö) is a director and writer. He has studied graphic design before enrolling at the University of Gothenburg, where he met producer Erik Hemmendorff with whom he later founded Plattform Produktion. An avid skier, Östlund directed three ski films, alluding to his taste for long sequence shots, a taste he structured and developed throughout his film studies and which to this day remains an important trademark in his work. He has become well-known for his accurate portrayal of human social behavior, as well as for his renowned use of Photoshop and other forms of image processing software in his films.
His feature debut The Guitar Mongoloid/Gitarrmongot (2004) won the FIPRESCI Award in 2005. Involuntary/De ofrivilliga premiered at Un Certain Regard in 2008. The film was then distributed in more than 20 countries and shown at numerous festivals, awarding Östlund international recognition. Two years later he won the Golden Bear in Berlin for Incident in a Bank/Händelse vid bank (2010), a short film in which every camera movement was generated in post-production. The premiere of his third feature film Play (2011) was held in Cannes at The Director’s Fortnight, where he was awarded the “Coup de Coeur” Prize; the film was then shown at numerous other festivals where it was awarded additional prizes and distinctions. Amongst others, Play was nominated for the prestigious LUX Prize of the European Parliament and won the Nordic Council Film Prize (2012), the highest film distinction in Scandinavia.
Force Majeure is Östlund’s fourth feature film, which was a critical favorite and won the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and is Sweden’s 2014 Official Oscar® Entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
Special thanks to Film Republic, the Finnish Film Foundation, the Icelandic Film Centre, and Magnolia Pictures.
Film schedule subject to change.
Begins February 4, 2015 | Series continues through spring 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.
Films to be announced early 2015.
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.