Nordic Film Series 2017

Films are shown in the Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Living Center (SLC). Admission, refreshments, and parking are free, although donations are welcome. The SLC is handicapped accessible.

Films start at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments for attendees are served at 1 p.m. Lunch (not included) is available in the Kaffestuga, which is open until 3 p.m. every Saturday.

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After their public showing movies in our film series become part of the Library’s collection of DVDs available for borrowing.

January 21 – Sibelius – 2006

This DVD celebrates the musical quest of one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century as seen through his music, letters, and words of his wife, Aino, who was with him for more than 64 years.

151 minutes. English.

February 18 – Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words – 2015

Whether headlining films in Sweden, Italy, or Hollywood, Ingrid Bergman always pierces the screen with a singular soulfulness. With this intimate and artful documentary, made to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Bergman’s birth, director Stig Björkman allows us unprecedented access to her world, lovingly culling from the most personal of archival materials – letters, diary entries, photographs, and home movies the actor herself shot- and following her from youth to tumultuous married life and motherhood.

114 minutes. In Swedish, Italian and French with English subtitles.

March 18 – A Man Called Ove – 2016

Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing homeowner’s association rules that only he cares about, and visit his wife’s grave, Ove has given up up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox which moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it’s shared.

116 minutes.  In Swedish with English subtitles.

April 15 – A War – 2016

Company commander Claus Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province where they face the relentless pressure of fighting the Taliban while trying to protect the local civilians. Meanwhile back home Claus’s wife Maria is trying to hold everything together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him – and his family back home.

115 minutes.  In Danish with English subtitles.

May 20 – Rams – 2015

In a secluded valley in Iceland, sheep farmers, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side but have not spoken in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects their ancestral sheep-stock, they’ll need to stave off disaster in their own ways. As the authorities close in, the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.

93 minutes.  In Icelandic with English subtitles.

June 17 – Elvira Madigan – 1967

The visually breathtaking film, tells the story of a young army officer who gives up everything – his family, his career, his social standing – to embark on a passionate with a beautiful circus performer. Despite their hopeless love, they live a life of lighthearted carelessness and do not realize they are heading down an irreversible road to tragedy. Gorgeous photography and music by Mozart and Vivaldi add to the charm in Bo Widerberg’s exquisite film.

91 minutes.  In Swedish and Danish with English subtitles.

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