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Breaking Surface

August 4, 2021—3:00 pm9:00 pm

In two screenings on August 4, see the hit new Nordic survival thriller Breaking Surface (Sweden, Belgium, Norway, 2019; dir. Joachim Hedén) at Scandinavia House!

Hailed as a “ticking-clock drama that keeps the momentum high throughout” (Third Coast Review), Breaking Surface follows half-sisters Ida (Moa Gammel) and Tuva (Madeleine Martin) as they set out a few days after Christmas on a winter dive in a remote part of the Norwegian coastline. Towards the end of the dive, a rockslide traps Tuva under water; as Ida surfaces to call for help, she discovers that the rockslide has struck above water as well — burying their equipment, phones and car keys, and cutting them off completely from any chance of outside rescue. As the frantic race for survival unfolds, Ida is put to the ultimate test of character and forcefulness fighting to save Tuva, exposing a fractured sisterhood with stakes beyond simple survival. (82 min. In Swedish & Norwegian with English subtitles)

“A worthy representative of the fascinating world of genre films, Breaking Surface shows us just how much the field has to offer in the way of formal sophistication”—Cineuropa

Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance online at the link above. Screenings will take place in Victor Borge Hall; ticket sales are capped at 80 per showing. Attendees are required to follow all Scandinavia House safety protocols, including presenting a Vaccination Card at the front desk to remove masks during the program and observing social distancing rules in signage. Please read our full safety protocols here.

About the Director

Joachim Hedén (1967) is the writer and director of Breaking Surface. His other work includes the Tribeca Film Festival selection New York Waiting (2006) and Framily (2010).

He also directed the soccer comedy 10.000 Timmar (2014).


August 4, 2021
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm