Films are shown in the Nordic Hall at the Scandinavian Living Center (SLC). Admission, refreshments, and parking are free, although donations are suggested at $5/person. 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.
September 28th (NEW DATE!) – Becoming Astrid – 2018
Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor, Blomberg. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, Lasse, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother, Marie. Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing Blomberg’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see Lasse. When Marie falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son. In spite of her struggles, Astrid emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work. In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles. 123 minutes.
October 19th – Unknown Soldier – 2017
Unknown Soldier by AKU LOUHIMIES is the story of an infantry unit’s tour of duty that lasts for more than three years during the Finnish Continuation War. The film is based on the classic novel by VÄINÖ LINNA. The film is the story of Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms. It shows how friendship, humour, and the will to live unite these men on their way there and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front, and also leaves its mark on the entire nation. 132 minutes. In Finnish with English subtitles.
November 16th – Handle with Care – 2017
After his wife’s death, offshore oil worker Kjetil is having a hard time relating to his adopted son Daniel. In an act of desperation, he brings Daniel along to Colombia to search for the boy’s biological mother. 102 minutes. In Norwegian and Spanish with English subtitles.
December 21st – The Guilty – 2018
When a police officer is demoted to deskwork, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Confined to the police station, he is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. 85 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles.
January 18th, 2020 – Pity the Lovers – 2019
Óskar and Maggi are brothers, social and easy going. Both are longing for love but have a difficult time nurturing close relationships. A problem that they exhibit in opposite ways from each other. The veterinary Anna, is facing a life changing decision that Óskar unwittingly influences. The young wanna-be artist Ingibjörg tries to become a grown-up as fast as she can and the 13-year-old friends Danni T and Danni M plod on with their daily life, which increasingly takes place in Óskar’s house. 89 minutes. In Icelandic with English subtitles.