Scandinavian Film Festival 2018: Go North with powerful Scandi films

From 19 July to 1 August, Cinema Paradiso will exclusively host 2018’s Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival, showcasing the very best of Nordic cinema.

The festival, which has quickly become one of the most anticipated in Australia following its launch in 2014, moves beyond the traditional noir genre the region was once known for, exploring powerful contemporary dramas, documentaries and comedies from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that are filled with mystery, dark humour and breathtaking scenery.

This year’s line-up features 21 fabulous films – and here are my top picks.

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At the movies

I was lucky enough to be invited to see a couple of movies recently and thought I’d share my thoughts on them with you. If you follow me on Snapchat you would’ve seen my immediate reactions – the movies I saw were both incredibly moving but in very different ways.

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The most human film of the year (review)

“What is it to be human? To ache?”

This is the question at the centre of Anomalisa – the brilliant new offering from Charlie Kaufman, who wrote Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

In a thought-provoking and poignant piece of introspective cinema, a character-driven story unfolds around Michael Stone – a well-known self-help author and speaker – on an overnight business trip to Cincinnati.

As he moves goes through the motions – shown in hilariously minute detail – and spends a night at the Fregoli Hotel (named after a paranoid psychological condition), it becomes clear just how stifling a world he lives in. Not surprisingly, Michael has trouble connecting with those around him and begins to suspect he is falling apart.

But then he meets Lisa – a shy, awkward anomaly in the system who is extraordinary in her plainness and yet manages to have the audience onside within mere moments.

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