More than just noir: the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival brings new dramas, documentaries and laughs to Palace Barracks Cinema from 13 – 27 July.

The third Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival presented by Palace screens features a feast of 22 films from our Nordic friends.

The festival launches with Opening Night Event on July 13 with a screening of Rune Denstad Langlo’s WELCOME TO NORWAY, an acerbic and insightful black comedy about aspiring hotel owner who decides to turn his half-built alpine hotel near the Norwegian-Swedish border into a state-funded refugee asylum reception centre. Event will include a Pre-Film Party at 6pm with Scandinavian Cakes and Wine, catering courtesy of Connections Catering before a 7pm screening.

To celebrate the festival, one of Scandinavia’s most talented young actors, Jakob Oftebro will visit Brisbane with his two films GOLD COAST and AS IT IS IN HEAVEN 2. Oftebro has appeared in over 20 films and his television work includes the BAFTA nominated Danish/Swedish TV series, THE BRIDGE, as well as a featured role in the highly regarded 1864 by Ole Bornedal. Oftebro will be attending Brisbane Opening Night and participate in a Q&A screening of AS IT IS IN HEAVEN 2: HEAVEN ON EARTH on July 14.

Other films to take special prominence in the 2016 festival program include writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s stunning, multi award-winning LAND OF MINE and 2016 Golden Globe Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, THE FENCER.
Sitting in the festival CENTREPIECE, LAND OF MINE is a gripping thriller about a group of young German POW soldiers in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The festival program also includes a SPECIAL PRESENTATION of THE FENCER. Named “The best Finnish film in a decade” by Finland Today, this inspirational story is a fictionalized biopic based on the life of legendary fencer Endel Nelis who hid from Stalin’s secret police in a remote Estonian village, trying to keep a low profile as the local school’s sports instructor.

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival screens July 13 – 27 exclusively at Palace Barracks Cinema in Brisbane. Tickets are now on sale. For all further information please visit http://www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com/