Nordic Cool 2013
Filmmaking came early to Scandinavia, and Denmark's Asta Nielsen was the first international movie star. In the 1920s, Swedish silent directors created some of the most influential works of the period, and later gave Hollywood two of its most legendary stars, Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman. Beginning in the 1960s, Nordic governments became heavily involved in film production and culture, creating some of the most successful national cinemas in Europe.
Curated by Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies at Columbia University and former Program Director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the festival's Film Series includes 11 feature-length films. They range from the classic 1921 silent film The Phantom Carriage, performed with live piano accompaniment, to recent award winners at international festivals (Teddy Bear and The Almost Man), to a movie for young audiences.
Film: All That Matters is Past (Norway)
As an investigation into a woman's death proceeds, details of an emotionally searing triangle involving two brothers and the woman begin to unfold, stretching across decades. An unsettling yet moving story of love, lust, jealousy, and fear.
Fri., Mar. 8, 2013, 6:00 PM
Film: Marie Krøyer (Denmark)
On a trip to Sicily, as her husband's health begins to fail, a happily married Krøyer falls in love with a Swedish composer. Caught between her own desires and her sense of duty, Marie is confronted with a stark choice.
Fri., Mar. 8, 2013, 9:00 PM
Film: The Almost Man (Norway)
In this frequently hilarious, engaging, and brutally honest portrait of a 35-year old man with a definite case of arrested development, Henryk has a new apartment, a challenging job, and a beautiful pregnant wife, which is where the trouble starts.
Sat., Mar. 9, 2013, 1:00 PM
Film: Sanctuary (Sweden)
Faced with the prospect of being put into foster care once her father is sentenced to prison, Hella instead goes on the run with him, trying to escape the authorities while creating her own special world in this delicate, moving account.
Sat., Mar. 9, 2013, 3:30 PM
Film: The Deep (Iceland)
Based on a real incident, the crew of a fishing boat settles in for long night in wintery waters. But the weather turns unexpectedly rough and the boat capsizes; the crew is quickly lost except for Gulli, alone and adrift miles from shore.
Sat., Mar. 9, 2013, 9:00 PM
Film: Stars Above (Finland)
Set in three different time periods--1942, 1978, and the present day--Stars Above directed by Saara Cantell offers a rich chronicle of the changing context of Finnish women's lives in revealing period detail.
Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, 12:30 PM
Film: The Phantom Carriage (Sweden)
One of the greatest classics of the Scandinavian silent cinema, The Phantom Carriage is based on a legend that the last person to die in a given year must drive the carriage picking up the souls of the dead all throughout the next year.
Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, 2:00 PM
Film: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
Dennis, a gentle giant of a bodybuilder pushing 40 and who lives at home, badly wants a girlfriend. Despite his mother's resistance (talk about a master manipulator!) and his own profound awkwardness, he draws up the courage to find one.
Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, 3:30 PM
Film: Naked Harbor (Finland)
In a series of parallel stories taking place in a popular Helsinki neighborhood during a week in winter, the characters have to confront situations they see as irreversible, from racism and xenophobia to bullying and unemployment.
Sun., Mar. 10, 2013, 6:00 PM
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson
and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, David M. Rubenstein,
the State Plaza Hotel, and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.