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.
Thursday, October 8, 7 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
Directed by Lina Mannheimer (Sweden/France, 2014). The Ceremony, a film about love and friendship, depicts cross-border relationships where dominance and submission are central. Audiences meet the fascinating and unusual writer Catherine Robbe-Grillet and those closest to her.
Catherine Robbe-Grillet, a sharp intellectual born in 1930, published her first book, L'image, in 1956. It was banned and publicly burned in Paris. After more than 50 years of exploring eroticism and the world of sadomasochism, today Robbe-Grillet is widely considered France's most famous dominatrix.
Intimate material reveals documentary participants sharing views on art, norms, identity, ageing, loneliness, friendship, and love. The spectator is invited into a fascinating, evocative, and private world depicting staged, stylized sadomasochist ceremonies based on Robbe-Grillet's universe.
The Ceremony takes audiences far beyond the prejudiced, simplistic, and cliché-ridden perceptions of sadomasochism. S/M may be a central theme of the film, but is not viewed solely as an exotic phenomenon. The issues raised here take viewers far beyond sexual orientation.
The Ceremony delves into what motivates decisions, not only those concerning desire and sexuality, but behavior in general. Sadomasochist practices and codes serve simply as a magnifying glass through which the driving forces of the individual are defined and examined.
75 min. | In French with English subtitles.
A Q & A with director Lina Mannheimer and production designer Elle Kunnos de Voss follows the screening.
About the director
Lina Mannheimer holds an M.A. from the School of Film Directing at Göteborg University and a degree in Film and Art History from Universidad de Nebrija, Madrid. She also studied at Stockholm School of Economics, at the Master of Science Program (MSc) in Business Administration.
Following internships in New York and London (Salty Features and The Weinstein Company), Mannheimer met French director Gilles Bourdos (Inquiétudes, 2003; Afterwards/Et Après, 2008; Renoir, 2012) and worked as his assistant for one year. In 2009 Mannheimer began working on The Ceremony, which following its release was nominated for numerous awards, including Best Nordic Documentary at the Gothenburg International Film Festival (2015) and the Nordic Dox Award at CPH: DOX (2014). The film had its North American premiere at this year's edition of SXSW. The Contract/Kontraktet (2010), her award winning debut short film, constituted the first part of The Ceremony. Mannheimer is currently in development of a television series.
About the production designer
Elle Kunnos de Voss is a New York City-based Swedish production designer and creative director of The Metrics Design Group. Her work ranges from award-winning architectural design projects to production design for film, set and costume design for performing arts, as well as writing for the stage.
Kunnos de Voss holds an M.A. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design. In 2004 she moved to New York and co-founded The Metrics shortly thereafter. As creative director of The Metrics she has completed architectural and interior design projects in New York, Europe, and Asia. Her projects have been featured on television and in books and magazines across the world.
In addition to running The Metrics, Kunnos de Voss has completed production design for films in Sweden and the U.S., designed sets and costumes for performing arts productions in Holland, Sweden, and the U.S., and is currently developing two scripts for stage. One of them is her first opera, The Echo Drift, co-created with Swedish composer Mikael Karlsson, which premiered at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. last December and is scheduled for a New York premiere in January 2017.
Other recent projects include production design for Anna Gutto's End Run (2014) and Nina Gielen's Mother Puppet (2014); set design for Born of a Fairytale by Vacant Lot Theatre Company (2015) and The Misanthrope by Hunger and Thirst Theatre (2013); and mask design for Götafilm's Pojkarna – directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining and opening in Sweden fall 2015.
Co-presented with the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.
Saturday, October 17, 11 am
$7 ($5 ASF Members)
Directed by Pål Brekke (Norway, 2014). From myths and science to nature's most spectacular tourist attraction, the Northern Lights have mesmerized and mystified humankind for millennia as they dance across the skies of the Northern Hemisphere.
Together with photographer Fredrik Broms, Norwegian solar physicist and director Pål Brekke created a film that combines animation, time-lapse cinematography, and spectacular NASA satellite solar imagery that takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey through space. The documentary is also packed with historical anecdotes and includes tips on how to take stunning photos of the Aurora Borealis.
Director Pål Brekke will introduce the film. A talk about his experience as a longtime observer of the Northern Lights and his work on the documentary follows the screening.
About the director
Norwegian solar physicist Pål Brekke received a Doctor of Science degree in 1993 from the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, with a focus on the ultraviolet (UV) emissions from the sun as observed with instruments on sounding rockets and the space shuttle Challenger. His work is focused on dynamical aspects of the sun and measuring variations in solar UV radiation.
Since 1993 he has participated in Norway's preparation of the EUV spectrometers CDS and SUMER on Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and was in charge of developing analysis software for CDS. After the launch of SOHO in December 1995, Brekke was part of the science operation team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1999 he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) as the SOHO Deputy Project Scientist stationed at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Brekke was also in charge of SOHO outreach and media activities, and contributed to its status as one of the most well-known current satellite projects. He is now a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Space Centre and a Norwegian delegate to the ESA Program Board of Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration, and a delegate to the International Living with a Star (ILWS) Program.
Brekke received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1994, ESAs' Exceptional Achievement Award in 2002, and Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy of Astronautics in 2003. He has served on several NASA Review Panels and as referee for various scientific journals.
Wednesday, September 30 through Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesdays, 7 pm & Fridays, 6:30 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
2015 marks the centennial of Ingrid Bergman's birth (1915-1982). One of Scandinavia's most beloved actresses and one of the most celebrated figures in cinematic history, Bergman's name is synonymous with Hollywood's lamented Golden Age and iconic classics like Casablanca (1942) and Notorious (1946).
Comprised of three films, this mini-series focuses on the brief, but fruitful period that produced several classic films in Bergman's native Sweden that capture her radiant screen presence prior to arriving in Hollywood.
A full schedule of films will be announced at a later date.
Ongoing, 5 – 9 pm
$33 per person ($29 ASF Members)
Pairing top-notch Scandinavian cinema with fine Nordic cuisine, Smörgås Chef at Scandinavia House continues its popular Dinner & a Movie prix-fixe 2-course dinner menu. Available from 5 to 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.