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Ciné Nordica brings Paris films from the cold

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- Eighteen Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Icelandic films will be screened in the French capital from March 7 to 12.

Ciné Nordica brings Paris films from the cold

Simon och ekarna [+see also:
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(photo) by Lisa Ohlin (news), a film that this year garnered 13 nominations at the annual Guldbagge Swedish film awards, is to open the fourth Ciné Nordica festival from March 7 to 12 at the Cinéma du Panthéon in Paris. France’s only Scandinavian cinema festival this year will screen a rich programme of 18 feature films.

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Charlemagne Youth Prize

From Sweden, also to be screened is the excellent and very un-politically correct Play [+see also:
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by Ruben Ostlund, unveiled during the last Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and Sebbe [+see also:
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by Barak Najafi (read interview and article), a first feature than won best film at the Guldbagge Awards in 2011. There will also be Beyond [+see also:
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by Pernilla August (discovered at the Critics’ Week in Venice - read more).

Norway will be on show with the worrying Babycall [+see also:
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by Pål Sletaune starring Noomi Rapace (to be distributed in France on May 2 by Jour2fête), with Happy Happy [+see also:
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by Anne Sewitsky (the winner at Sundance last year, and already distributed in France by Happiness Distribution), and with the remarquable Oslo, August 31st [+see also:
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by the Norwegian director Joachim Trier (unveiled at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, selected at Sundance, and a great success in French cinemas since its release last Wednesday by Memento Films Distribution). The filmmaker’s previous film, Reprise [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
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, will also be screened alongside two films directed by his grandfather Erik Løchen: The Chasers and Objection. The Norwegian selection is to be completed by King of Devil’s Island [+see also:
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by Marius Holst (distributed last November by Les Films du Losange ).

Denmark will bring Parisian cinephiles the chilling Beast [+see also:
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by Christoffer Boe (review), Labrador [+see also:
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by Frederikke Aspöck (selected at Cannes at a special viewing), and Truth About Men [+see also:
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by Nicolaj Arcel (review), who was recently honoured with two awards in Berlin for his last opus A Royal Affair [+see also:
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interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
interview: Nikolaj Arcel
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Iceland will also be at the festival with Volcano [+see also:
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by Rúnar Rúnarsson (well-received at the last Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes - review), Brim (Undercurrent) by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson (who last year won Best Film in his country), and Jitters by Baldvin Zophoniasson (article).

Finally, Finland will screen The Good Son [+see also:
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by Zaida Bergroth (seven nominations at the Jussi Awards), and Marjane Satrapi will on Thursday present her Nordic film of choice: Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman.

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(Translated from French)

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