Scandinavian Film Festival 2024 providing winter warmth

Scandinavian Film Festival 2024 providing winter warmth
Image: Still from 'Touch'. Source: Scandinavian Film Festival

As a way to pass the colder months here in Australia, the Saxo Scandinavian Film Festival is returning to Australia this upcoming July and August with a new lineup for avid moviegoers (or even casual moviegoers). 

These films hail from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland (places much colder than Sydney will ever get). For Sydneysiders, from July 24th to August 14th, the movies will be streamed at Palace Norton St, Palace Moore Park, Palace Central, and Chauvel Cinema. 

If the mention of this film festival wasn’t enough to excite you, then these films are sure to pique your interest. 

This year’s festival centerpiece will be The Tunda Within Me, a Norse drama exploring community, heritage, and identity. The story follows Sámi artist Lena as she returns to her hometown in northern Norway. There, she experiences unexpected love and must confront her past. 

This festival’s Special Presentation will be Touch, an Icelandic romantic drama. Based on a novel of the same name, this screenplay spans several decades and locations as it follows one man’s journey to find a lost love who disappeared 50 years ago. 

Danish box office hit Boundless is a thriller based on the bestselling Department Q novel, following  Detective Mørck and his team as they become entangled in a cold case on the remote Danish Island of Bornholm (which is sure to provide stunning visuals). 

For those interested in history and politics, Hammarskjöld- Fight for Peace is set during the Cold War in 1961. It is based on the true story of Swedish diplomat and economist Dag Hammarskjöld, who served as Secretary-General of the United Nations. 

Popular in Finland, Stormskerry Maja is a Finnish historical drama based on the book series by Anni Blomqvist. Set in the 1840s, the movie follows Maja and her husband through the Finnish seasons on the remote Åland archipelago. The storyline speaks to female empowerment. 

Come for the amazing stories, breathtaking Scandinavian scenery, or the good vibes; all are good reasons to stop by. 

Scandinavian Film Festival
July 24-August 14th
https://scandinavianfilmfestival.com

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