NORDIC FILM CLUB Summer Special
Dates: 30.7./6.8. / 13.8./20.8./27.8., 7pm for all
Admission: €5 (reduced €3)
Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 7:00 p.m.
DK 2006 | D Anders Østergaard | 92 min. | English subtitles
Documentary with appearances by Kim Larsen, Franz Beckerlee, Wili Jönsson, Søren Berlev
Denmark's undisputed greatest rock band ever, Gasolin' was an uncommonly close-knit collective who spent almost all their waking hours over nine years together, with all the familiarity and friction that entailed. From the outset they were wildly ambitious and even when things failed most miserably, such as the time they tried to conquer America, they never stopped believing anything was possible. Reuniting the band 28 years after their acrimonious break-up, Anders Østergaard's documentary is a portrait of an era, the 1970s, and four distinct characters who defined it.
Film still © Danish Film Institute
Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 7:00 p.m.
The Punk Syndrome | Kovasikajuttu
FI 2012 | D Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi | 90 min. | German subtitles
Documentary with appearances by Pertti Kurikka, Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Toni Välitalo
THE PUNK SYNDROME is a film about Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The band’s mentally handicapped members, Pertti, Kari, Toni and Sami, play their music with a lot of attitude and pride. We follow these professional musicians on their journey from obscurity to popularity. We watch them fight, fall in love and witness long days in the recording studio and on tour. It’s a film about the essence of punk – it’s a story of handicapped people rebelling against the mainstream.
Film still © Cinélibre
Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:00 p.m.
IS 2010 | D Árni Sveinsson | 69 min. | English subtitles
Documentary with appearances by Borko, Hjaltalín, Sin Fang Bous, Reykjavík!, MÚM, Retro Stefson, FM Belfast
A guy named Árni Rúnar had the idea of gathering a few bands together in his backyard to do some live recording. His idea evolved into this film. He filled his little shack of a studio with equipment and prayed for good weather. He invited all of his neighbours and made them pizza, cupcakes and pancakes. And then many of the most exciting Icelandic musicians of their generation showed up to play, giving us a unique look at the diverse music scene of Reykjavík.
Film still © Icelandic Film Centre
Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Shed No Tears | Känn ingen sorg
SE 2013 | D Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | 109 min. | English subtitles
Drama starring Adam Lundgren, Disa Östrand, Jonathan Andersson, Josefin Neldén
In the town of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast, Pål dreams about making it with his music. But he has one major obstacle: himself. We follow Pål on an emotional journey through friendship and hardship, love and betrayal to ultimately find his call. SHED NO TEARS is based on the songs by Swedish singer/songwriter Håkan Hellström.
Film still © Swedish Film Institute
Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Yoik Fever | Joikefeber
NO 2013 | D Ellen-Astri Lundby | 57 min. | English subtitles
Documentary with appearances by Mari Boine, Johan Sara Jr, Karen Anne Buljo
YOIK FEVER is the story of one young, enthusiastic, urban Sámi girl's captivating journey to find the near-silenced voices of her ancestors through the ancient indigenous art of yoik. Ylva, a young Sámi-Norwegian high school music major is yearning to connect to her heritage through the dwindling Sámi yoik tradition. Ylva makes personal connections to different yoik traditions and meets legends like Mari Boine and Johan Sara Jr. Filmed in an entertaining cabaret-style mash-up of film styles and genres, the film’s ending might leave you with a serious case of yoik fever!
Preceded by Snow | Snø (NO 2013) by Hans Otto Nicolayssen (10 min.)
Film stills © Norwegian Film Institute