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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

Series 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, the Faroe Islands, and Norway.


May 27 & 29

VictoriaDirected by Torun Lian (Norway, 2013). Norwegian Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun's immortal novelVictoria (1898) is the original love story. It has everything that a filmmaker and film audience could wish for: young love, class differences, success against all odds, glorious costumes and settings, and heartbreaking tragedy.

In this sumptuous drama set against the unforgettable backdrop of Norwegian fjords and forests at the turn of the 20th century, a miller's son, Johannes (Jakob Oftebro), and a landowner's daughter, Victoria (Iben M. Akerlie), are a pair of star-crossed lovers. Social standing is just one barrier to the couple's bliss, but money poses an even bigger obstacle. Growing up together in the verdant woods of Victoria's family's estate, the two fall in love while they are still children. As a young adult, Johannes finds renown as a poet and novelist but is still too poor to win Victoria's hand. Instead, against her will, Victoria's father arranges her engagement to a wealthy army officer (Bill Skarsgård).

In this handsome adaptation of Hamsun's novel, writer-director Torun Lian fashions a timeless romance that balances its emotional undercurrent with a fascinating observation of 19th-century Norwegian social mores.
105 min. In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles.

About the director

Torun LianTorun Lian (b. 1956) is an author, screenwriter, and director. She started her career at the National Theatre in Oslo, working in costumes and scenography. While working at the theater she wrote three plays, which were later published in book form. After her debut as a dramatist, Lian also started writing for the screen and struck a chord in the audience with the TV-series Frida (1990), which was based on Lian's own book of the same title. Frida's initial success resulted in a second series, Frida og det urolige hjertet (1991) and a feature film – the award-winning Frida – Straight from the Heart/Frida – med hjertet i hånden (directed by Berit Nesheim, 1991).

Lian made her directorial debut in 1991 with the short film There Is Someone Even Smaller than Anna/Det finnes noen som er mindre enn Anna while still continuing her writing. In 1998 she made her feature film debut with the youth drama Only Clouds Move the Stars/Bare skyer beveger stjernene, based on her own novel of the same title from 1994. The film received several awards – including the Crystal Bear – Special Mention at the Berlin International Film Festival (1999), the Norwegian Film Critics Award, and the Amanda Norwegian National Film Award for Best Theatrical Film (1999), and was screened at numerous international film festivals. Her second feature film, The Color of Milk/Ikke naken (2004), was also an adaptation from one of her novels, and also became a critically-acclaimed and award-winning cinematic hit.

Lian has also written or co-written several screenplays for other films, including Falling Sky/Himmelfall (2002) andVegas (2009). In addition to writing and directing, she has also served as commissioning consultant for feature films at the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) from 2004 to 2006.

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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Upcoming Films

Hästdans på Hovdala
Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, June 2, 7 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

The work is a theatrical portrait of Michael Ehrenbourg, the man who designed a hexagonal stone library to be built as a refuge for himself and his lover, a young squire. Ehrenbourg died before the library was completed but the skeleton of the stone structure, deep in the beech wood forest near Hovdala Castle, is a famous Swedish historic site.

Documentary filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training, and the deep connection that developed between the Swedish and American performers and the human and equine performers.
60 min. | In Swedish with English subtitles.

A conversation between JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, and a member of the company follows the screening.

About the director

David Fishel is a filmmaker and video-artist based in New York City who also dabbles as a poet, storyteller, and experimental sound and performance artist. Fishel has worked and collaborated with Hans Breder, Phil Niblock, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Luke Murphy, Jason Bateman, John Kolvenbach, and The Hatch-Billops Collection.

In 2007 Fishel developed an ongoing performance/video art series that lives on the internet entitled DaveyDanceBlogand includes over 150 distinct performance videos. The project has featured appearances from Laura Peterson Choreography, Eckert+Sorensen-Jolink, Celia Rowlson-Hall, and Indelible Dance, among others. His film work has screened at festivals internationally, while his music videos, promos, and short films are routinely broadcast globally.

About The Equus Projects

The Equus Projects is a dance company that creates large-scale site-specific performance works partnering dancers with horses. The company creates works with local equestrians and their horses through the country and maintains a small ensemble of high-level equestrians near their home in New York City. Performances feature a wide variety of horsemanship. The Equus Projects performances frame human performers in real-time dialogue with equines, merging precision choreography with real-time

Since launching in 1998 by choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw, The Equus Projects has created large commissioned works for The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, Saratoga Arts Festival, NYC River to River Festival, and the Heifetz International Music Festival.

About JoAnna Shaw

JoAnna Mendl Shaw is known for her large-scale site-specific works. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, numerous grants, and choreographic commissions, Shaw has choreographed for ice dancers, in-line skaters, gymnasts, and equestrians. Her dance work has been presented in New York and at venues and commissioned by dance companies throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

Shaw established her career in the Pacific Northwest, where she founded and directed Danceworks Northwest for 10 years, taught on faculty at the University of Washington and Cornish College, and played a leadership role in arts advocacy for the Northwest region. Shaw holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Movement Analyst in the Laban/Bartenieff work.

Shaw currently teaches in New York City, with faculty positions at Juilliard, Marymount Manhattan, and in the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. She has taught at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Montclair State University, Princeton University, and Mount Holyoke College. International teaching and choreographic commissions include residencies in Hungary, Japan, Korea, Canada, Yugoslavia, Scotland, Wales, and coaching and teaching for the Swiss Gymnastics Federation.

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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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