Ove is a sixty-something Swede who terrorises his surroundings. In 1992, the Danish national soccer team won the European championships. In Iceland, two brothers who ceased speaking to each other have to work together to save their sheep. And in Norway, a mountain plunging into the sea creates a gigantic tsunami. Three completely different scenarios, who stand witness to the creativity of film production in Scandinavian countries. And it's this production which is highlighted during the Nordic Film Festival in Luxembourg from 3 to 7 June 2016.
For its 3rd edition, the festival screens a different movie on every single of the 5 days of the festival. And they all have one thing in common: the are unknown outside of their countries of origin, and they are being screened in their original language, with subtitles. However, that's as far as the similarities go, in order to give the audience a very varied experience:
- Sommeren 92 narrates the (true) story of the Danish victory at the European soccer championships during summer 1992;
- Hrútar is an Icelandic production which tells the story of two brothers who have ceased speaking to each other, but who will have to work together to save the foundation of their lives, their flock of sheep;
- Bölgen is a Norwegian catastrophe movie, in which a mountain crumbles into a fjord, creating a massive wave;
- En man som heter Ove tells the story of sixty-something Ove, who controls everybody in his environment – until the day a new family moves into the neighbouring house;
- Miekkailija, a biopic about Estonian fencer Endel Nelis.
The films are being screened at the Ciné-Utopia in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, with the exception of Bölgen, which will be shown at the Luxembourg City Cinematheque. Tickets are €8.80 apiece, with €25 buying you access to the festival's 5 movie screenings. They can be purchased via the website of the Nordic Film Festival.
The Nordic Film Festival is part of a series of festivals celebrating national or regional film production, such as the British & Irish Film Season (20 September - 1 October 2016), or the CinEast, Central and Eastern European Film Festival (6 - 23 October 2016).
Audiovisual production in the Grand Duchy is in great form!
In Luxembourg, audiovisual production has evolved from its humble beginnings to a global presence, with its productions and coproductions which are proof of a growing professionalisation in this sector of the Luxembourg economy.
Luxembourg is strongly committed to support its cinematographic production sector and many initiatives have been created in recent years to that end. Thus, the Film Fund Luxembourg helps Luxembourgish (co-)productions in financing their projects, for example. Currently, the audiovisual production sector counts about thirty production companies and employs 600 people. To respond to the demand of this sector, a BTS course in animation drawing is offered by the Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)