Nordic family films "Shanghaied" in showcase
by Annika Pham
A strong delegation of prominent Scandinavian directors, producers and film institute representatives will attend the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) from June 14-20 to present 12 family films in the Best Nordic Family Film Showcase.
The showcase is part of the Festival’s special Global Village sidebar, dedicated to the ongoing Shanghai Expo. The goal of this special presentation is to introduce the Chinese to contemporary Scandinavian children’s movies and stories other than the classic tales of Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren.
The showcase will open on Monday June 14 with the screening of animated Finnish film Niko and the Way to the Stars [+see also:
film profile] by Michael Hegner and Kari Juusonen. The selected Danish family films are Storm [+see also:
interview: Alexander Fehling
interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
film profile] by Giacomo Campeotto, The Substitute [+see also:
film profile] by Ole Bornedal and We Shall Overcome [+see also:
film profile] by Niels Arden Oplev.
Iceland is represented by Ari Kristinsson’s No Network; Norway by Arne Lindtner Næss’ Finding Friends, Atle Knudsen’s ORPS: The Movie, Jesper W. Nielsen’s Through a Glass, Darkly [+see also:
film profile], Gunnar Vikene’s Trigger [+see also:
film profile] and last year’s hit, Twigson [+see also:
film profile] by Åsleik Engmark.
Sweden is bringing Lisa Siwe’s Glowing Stars [+see also:
film profile] and Teresa Fabik’s Starring Maja [+see also:
film profile], as well as the short film Panic Painter by Johan Hagelbäck.
Three Nordic projects will participate in the parallel Co-production Film Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC) from June 14-16: Betty Bangkok by Louisa Inserra and Emma K Dixgård (Sweden), Red Flag by Robert Douglas and Clarence Hui (Iceland) and Tirlittan: The Girl with the Golden Hair by Kari Juusonen (Finland).
The showcase is organized by Scandinavian Films in co-operation with the Shanghai International Film Festival, and support from the Nordic Council of Ministers and Consulates of the five Nordic countries in China.
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