It’s like a virtual vacation to Iceland! This presentation blends together my love of Iceland and its mythology with the landscape and fascinating history. Using photos and video, the trip starts in Reykjavik from the archeological dig of a Viking settlement to the vibrant city of today. From there, we travel around the country, where culture and the fascinating history is brought to life through a tour of vibrant photographs, mythology and stories unique to the towns and regions. This program was developed with my Icelandic mother, Ieda Jónasdóttir Herman, to bring a fun and entertaining look at Iceland from someone who grew up there. This is an interactive experience where participation through Q&A is encouraged.
Saturday, March 20th | 1pm EST | $5; free for SCC Members | register here
HEIDI HERMAN was born and raised in Central Illinois, but her passion and a common theme in her writing is her Icelandic heritage. She was inspired by her mother’s childhood memoir, and began writing about the folklore. After three children’s books, she co-authored an Icelandic-American cookbook co-authored with her mother, Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman, and a novel that features Icelandic elements and some scenes based on her mother’s recounted memories. Her newest work is a non-fiction motivational book that is based on Icelandic lifestyle philosophies and positive outlook. Heidi lives in South Dakota but travels to Iceland as often as possible. She has visited nine times, getting to know relatives, an is working to learn the language. In addition to writing, she loves Scandinavian festivals, cooking, photography, travel, and exploring the outdoors, like any good Viking!
Translated from Norwegian as “free life air,” friluftsliv highlights the basic need for humans to get outside and connect with the natural world. It’s not about conquering nature, as in climbing the highest mountain, or about camping and other activities: it’s about truly finding harmony and becoming one with the outdoors. Whether you live in the city or out in the countryside, this inspiring guide will show you how to enter a friluftsliv state of mind. It explains how spending time in nature and feeling its rhythms, even when it’s something as simple as a magical Sunday walk in a local park, can improve our well-being and encourage productive self-reflection.
Saturday, March 27th | 1pm EST | $5; free for SCC Members | register here
ABOUT OLIVER: Nicknamed “Monk” the day he was born, Oliver Luke Delorie grew up steeped in Eastern philosophy and martial arts. He is also the author of the playful 100 Small Ways to Quit Worrying and 100 Small Ways to Manage Time. Delorie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Join us for a 30th anniversary remastered version screening of Pelle the Conqueror. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival The film also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1988; it was submitted to the Academy by the Danish government, giving Denmark its second consecutive win after Babette’s Feast.
Lasse, an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle, join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark’s Baltic island of Bornholm. They are employed at a large farm in Denmark, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year.
Director: Billie August
150 Minutes | Danish and Swedish (with English subtitles) | Drama, Coming of age story | $4.99
Friday, November 13th – Friday, December 11th at the virtual cinema at Film Movement (please select Scandinavian Cultural Center Virtual Screening Room 1 to credit the SCC for the viewing) TICKETS HERE
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson‘s first Viking film, where he presents a new concept of the Viking era, destroying the stereotype Hollywood image. Set in the middle Ages, the film tells the story of the revenge of Gestur, an Irishman who as a child witnessed the murder of his parents by two Norwegian Vikings, the foster-brothers Thór and Erik, and the taking of his sister as a slave. Gest follows their trail to Iceland and incites their mutual distrust and hatred. His sister stands between two men: the one who once ravished her, the father of her beloved son, and her brother, whom she has also learned to love, and who now wants to rescue her and to avenge their parents’ death.
109 Minutes | Icelandic (with English subtitles) | Action, Drama
Sunday, November 15th – Tuesday, December 15th | online at xerb.tv | $15 ; $7 for SCC Members
When not attempting to promote Leif Eriksson awareness, Rowdy Geirsson barely maintains scandinavianaggression.com and sometimes contributes medieval history lessons at McSweeney’s and low quality metal fiction at Metal Sucks. He is the author of Norse Mythology for Bostonians (2020), a humorous retelling of the trials and tribulations of Odin, Thor, and the other Norse gods in the charmingly quaint dialect of a foul-mouthed Bostonian.
Matt Smith drew his first Conan the Barbarian adventure when was eight years old. A children’s book illustrator fascinated by traditional lore and comic-book heroes, Matt lives with his wife and their dog in Lexington, Massachusetts. Find Barbarian Lord here.
Asa was a young woman who avenged a personal assault, was forced to become a warrior and leader during her family’s travels, and ultimately became responsible for defending Birka, one of the great Viking trade centers. This actual Norse woman made her mark during a violent time.
A Viking burial found on the Swedish island of Birka, identified as Bj.581, contained what was recently identified as the remains of a woman warrior and leader. What was found there confirmed that she was female and presented herself as such. Testing also suggested that she traveled extensively when she was young. What we cannot know for sure is how she grew into the role which typically was filled by men in the Norse culture.
Join author David K. Mullaly for talk about his latest novel.
Incredible coverage of 4 years in the office of the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström, known for her fearless feminist agenda and sharp, empathic mind. We witness her arduous negotiations with Saudi Arabia, Israel and North Korea, as well as a highly competitive campaign for a seat in the UNSC, followed by a crash course in keeping it cool in the face of death threats and intimidation.
AWARDS: Special Mention of the International Jury @ Visioni dal Mondo 2019
“If cinema was a religion, this would be Mecca, the Vatican.
This is the center of it all.” So said acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu when entering the Berg-man compound on the remote island of Fårö, on a cold November night in 2011.
Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman built his house in the mid 1960’s, choosing to withdraw from Stockholm, to an island in the Baltic Sea. Throughout his life, the exact location of the house was a well-guarded secret. Here the demon director would live and shoot some of his seminal films until his death in 2007.
“Trespassing Bergman” takes you to Berg-man’s mystical home in the company of great directors such as Michael Haneke, Claire Denis and the aforementioned Iñárritu. “Trespassing Bergman” tells the story of Ingmar Bergman, his island and some of his most central films.
Previously unseen, behind-the-scenes, footage from the making of Bergman’s films are mixed with interviews shot at Fårö and around the world. Filmmakers such as Woody Allen, Lars von Trier, Holly Hunter, Ang Lee and Wes Anderson talk about the impact that films ranging from “Summer with Monika” (1953),“Persona” (1966) to “Fanny and Alexander” (1982) have had on their lives and carriers.
“Trespassing Bergman” is about exploring Bergman’s home, his life, his films and his legacy
In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief (a chilling Ingvar Sigurdsson, who received Cannes’ Critics’ Week award for Best Actor for his performance) begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth takes over his life and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones. Combining classic thriller tropes with a distinctly Nordic arthouse sensibility, the second feature from Hlynur Palmason “engages in storytelling that’s both powerful and fresh throughout, marking him as a talent to watch” (The Hollywood Reporter).
Director: Hlynur Palmason
109 Minutes | Icelandic (with English subtitles) | Drama, Thriller | $12 ($10 for SCC Members)