New Nordic Cinema at Scandinavia House returns in a virtual format! Celebrate contemporary Nordic filmmaking with us from home by catching some of the best new films in weekend sessions of contemporary feature films and documentaries. The fourth session of the series from the week March 5-11 will feature the film Uncle /Onkle (Denmark, 2019; dir. Frelle Petersen).
In Uncle /Onkle, Kris lives on a derelict farm in a small Danish town that she runs with her disabled uncle, with a quirky but loving relationship filled with daily routines and moments of comfortable silence. But when one day she miraculously saves the life of a newborn calf, her dream of becoming a veterinarian — which she had put on hold to care for her uncle — is rekindled. In pursuit of her studies, she develops a friendship with the chatty veterinarian Johannes, and begins to branch out into the world beyond her small farm — even starting a relationship with a young man in town. But her overprotective role in her relationship with her uncle, and her heavy workload in maintaining their farm, continue to get in the way of her blossoming new life.
A beautiful exploration of small-town Danish life that is both stunningly picturesque and quaintly endearing in its navigation of young love and complicated relationships, Uncle has been acclaimed as “a film of revelatory detail (ScreenDaily) and a “quite exquisite slice of humanity” (Cineurope). Winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix Best Film, 2020 Tokyo International Film Festival; Official Selection, 2020 Tallinn Black Nights and Göteborg film festivals. Directed by Frelle Petersen (105 min. In Danish with English subtitles)
Festival films will be available to ticket holders all over the U.S. Each session is limited to 250 tickets in an effort to preserve the intimate and communal experience. The sessions will take place over seven days (Friday — Thursday), with all films available for viewing on a virtual cinema screening platform throughout this period. To download viewing instructions and an FAQ, please click here.