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.
Richard Wagner’s Sources for his Ring des Nibelungen Based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas and the „Nibelungenlied“ presented by Erika Reitshamer, Vice President of the Boston Wagner Society. With audio and visual illustrations including segments from Fritz Lang’s silent movies
Siegfried and Kriemhilde’s Revenge and excerpts from opera productions.
Saturday, January 16th | 1pm via zoom | $15; $7 for members | register here
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)
Since his untimely death at just 50 years of age, Stieg Larsson has become one of the world’s most famous authors. His Millennium Trilogy novels – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels – have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide and spawned multiple film adaptations. This fascinating documentary paints the little-known, and equally compelling portrait of the man before the books whose life was replete with the intrigue and danger that fuelled his novels.
Larsson’s obsessive pursuit of tracking extremist far right and neo-Nazi groups as an investigative journalist made him an expert in a field that’s only grown more politically relevant, both in his native Sweden and beyond. Defying intimidation and death threats, he warned of the disturbing growth of the far right as a political force. With unprecedented access to the author’s meticulously researched and politically charged archives, as well as interviews with his life partner and colleagues, Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played with Fire reveals a man who was determined to protect the endangered principles of democracy and freedom at any cost.
DIRECTOR: Henrik Georgsson
99 min | Documentary, Biography | Sweden
Swedish with English subtitles
Sunday, July 19th at noon – Saturday, July 25th at noon from the comfort of your home through on xerb.tv
The competition for the head offices of the Nobel Centre in Stockholm presented as a nail-biting thriller. Nobel Snowflake follows the Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh on his quest to find the ultimate design, in the shape of a snowflake. Eleven of the 175 teams are selected to take part, among them Wingårdh. That’s when the problems really start. Kajsa Andersö’s film shows all the tragic and amusing aspects of the prestigious competition, with an unexpected ending. An entertaining peek behind the scenes.
online at xerb.tv | Sunday, July 26th – Saturday, August 1st | $5
Swedish master Ingmar Bergman penned this loving tribute to his parent’s epic romance. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. Urbane Anna can’t stand living in the rural county and grows increasingly restless. She returns to Uppsala and the couple’s love and commitment are put to the test.