Scandinavian Film course #3: main trends film links

Each part of the course* I am taking comes with a number of film links. In this post I review the very first set, accompanying the “Contemporary Scandinavian Film and Television Culture: Main Trends” section.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) – trailer

Creative Europe, presentation of new EU program

  • This is a 2 and half minute summary from 2011 of a new EU program that was set to support EU culture between 2010 and 2020.Cinema and audiovisual sector was given 900 million euros to support 2500 cinemas and the distribution of 1000 films

Urban Gad: The Abyss (1910) – sequence

  • The full, 37 min, movie is here, but the course probably couldn’t link to it legally
  • The film’s wikipedia and IMDB  page
  • The description is from the archive.org, from where you can download the movie too: This is the tale of a young woman who abandons her fiancé, and runs off with a circus performer. Things do not end well. The movie was heavily censored when originally shown in the US due to its erotic content. It is notable for the natural acting style of Asta Nielsen, a method unseen at the time in American cinema.

Poster for In a Better World (2010)Susanne Bier: In a Better World (2010) – official UK-trailer

  • Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards
  • IMDb page and description: The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
  • DVD/BluRay or instant watch at Amazon
  • Wikipedia page and official site

Bent Hamer: Kitchen Stories (2003), official trailer

  • I saw and loved this movie
  • IMDB page and description: A scientific observer’s job of observing an old cantakerous single man’s kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.
  • DVD/BluRay or instant watch at Amazon

Lukas Moodyson: Mammoth (2009) – official trailer

  • IMDB page and description: While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid’s family struggles to deal with her absence.
  • DVD or instant watch at Amazon

Ingmar Bergman: Scenes from a Marriage (1973), opening sequence

  • IMDB page and description: Ten years of Marianne and Johan’s relationship are presented. We first meet them ten years into their marriage. He is a college professor, she a divorce lawyer. They say that they are happily married – unlike their friends Katarina and Peter who openly fight, especially when under the influence of alcohol – but there is a certain detached aloofness in the way they treat each other. In the next ten years, as they contemplate or embark upon divorce and/or known extramarital affairs, they come to differing understandings at each phase of their relationship of what they truly mean to each other. Regardless of if it’s love or hate – between which there is a fine line – they also come to certain understandings of how they can best relate to each other, whether that be as husband and wife, friends, lovers or none of the above.
  • DVD  at Amazon

Lars von Trier: The Kingdom (1994) – intro

  • IMDB page and description: The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff’s faith in science–a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor’s fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest.
  • DVD  at Amazon

Interview with Jan Troell (2012)

* This blog entry is part of my series on the “Scandinavian Film and Television” course I am taking.

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