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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.

exhibition icon Exhibition-related Film Series

The Cliff – Depth of Darkness/Hraunið

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

The Cliff – Depth of Darkness/Hraunið

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. | 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emerges outside of Iceland and Sveinsson’s death threats came from three different sources and large sums of money were withdrawn from his bank account just before he died.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.

Special thanks to Pegasus Pictures.

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

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Special Film Screenings

Pioneer/Pionér

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

Pioneer/PionérDirected by Erik Skjoldbjærg (Norway, 2013). Conspiracy thriller Pioneer takes audiences back to the start of the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Professional diver Petter (Aksel Hennie) is obsessed about reaching the bottom of the North Sea. Along with his brother Knut (Andre Eriksen), he has the discipline, strength, and daring necessary to take on one of the world’s most dangerous missions – a test dive below 1,600 feet to convince skeptics that laying a pipeline to the mainland is possible.

But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. The closer Petter comes to the truth, the more he realizes that he is in over his head and that his own life is in danger.
100 min. | In Norwegian and English with English subtitles.
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About the director

Erik SkjoldbjærgErik Skjoldbjærg (b. 1964, Norway) is a Norwegian director and writer. After attending the National Film and Television School in London (1990-94), he made his feature film debut with Insomnia (1997), which he also co-wrote. The film attracted substantial international attention and was selected for the “Semaine de la Critique” at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. The film was remade in 2002 with Christopher Nolan directing. In 2001, Skjoldbjærg left his native Norway for Hollywood and directed the adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s popular novel Prozac Nation (2001), which starred Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche, and Lou Reed.

His latest film, Pioneer, was named an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and pre-sold in the U.K., U.S., and Japan. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles and on V.O.D. and iTunes Friday, December 5, followed by a national rollout.

Special thanks to Magnolia Pictures.

Nordic Oscar Contenders

Wednesdays @ 7 pm, January 14 & 21, 2015
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

Catch an exclusive sneak peek of the films chosen by 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.

Life in a Fishbowl/Vonarstræti

January 14

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.
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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.

Force Majeure/Turist

January 21

Force Majeure/Turist

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.
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About the director

Ruben ÖstlundRuben 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 the Icelandic Film Centre and Magnolia Pictures.

Film schedule subject to change; for more information, visit scandinaviahouse.org.

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Upcoming Film Series

New Nordic Cinema

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.

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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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