./ Best Scandinavian Cinema

by nickdevucht | created - 09 Jan 2014 | updated - 18 Jan 2016 | Public

List of the best scandinavian films, by a cinematographer from Antwerp/Belgium

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1. The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy

58 Metascore

After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.

Director: Felix Herngren | Stars: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer

Votes: 35,755 | Gross: $1.08M

2. The Hunt (2012)

R | 115 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrøm

Votes: 246,177 | Gross: $0.69M

3. The Reunion (2013)

90 min | Drama

A famous artist isn't invited to her class reunion. She makes a film about what could've happened if she had gone there and confronted her bullies, and later shows that film to her former classmates.

Director: Anna Odell | Stars: Anna Odell, Anders Berg, David Nordström, Erik Ehn

Votes: 4,452

4. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 42,189 | Gross: $0.00M

5. The Green Butchers (2003)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

2 Danish friends are tired of their employer and open their own butcher shop. An electrician accidentally dies in the freezer and he's sold as marinated chicken and business picks up. What happens when they run out of "chicken"?

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse, Ole Thestrup

Votes: 17,846 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Submarino (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

Two brothers meet at their mother's funeral, each in his way on a path of self-destruction, both haunted by a tragedy in their youth.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Gustav Fischer Kjærulff, Sebastian Bull Sarning, Mads Broe Andersen, Jakob Cedergren

Votes: 8,757

7. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 154,868 | Gross: $3.03M

8. The Boss of It All (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Benedikt Erlingsson

Votes: 10,404 | Gross: $0.05M

9. The Celebration (1998)

R | 105 min | Drama

82 Metascore

At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 73,817 | Gross: $1.65M

10. Dancer in the Dark (2000)

R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

61 Metascore

An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare

Votes: 94,509 | Gross: $4.18M

11. Simon & the Oaks (2011)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

62 Metascore

Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II.

Director: Lisa Ohlin | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Helen Sjöholm, Jan Josef Liefers, Stefan Gödicke

Votes: 2,649 | Gross: $0.15M

12. Dogville (2003)

R | 178 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Harriet Andersson

Votes: 127,541 | Gross: $1.53M

13. After the Wedding (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rolf Lassgård, Neeral Mulchandani

Votes: 29,689 | Gross: $0.41M

14. The Idiots (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Bodil Jørgensen, Jens Albinus, Anne Louise Hassing, Troels Lyby

Votes: 28,036 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Open Hearts (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A Dogme film about an engaged couple that is torn apart after the man is paralyzed in an accident, and the woman falls in love with the husband of the woman who caused the accident.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Sonja Richter, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Paprika Steen

Votes: 9,054 | Gross: $0.12M

16. Everlasting Moments (2008)

Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall

Votes: 5,018 | Gross: $0.61M

Regie: Jan Troell Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt en Jesper Christensen IMDb Rating: 7.5

In het Zweden van net na de eeuwwisseling, tenmidden van alle sociale veranderingen, oorlogen en tumult, wint Maria een Camera in een loterij. Maria is een jonge dame behorende aan de arme werkende klasse. Hoewel haar leven door de decennia heen, met zes kinderen en een gewelddadige man, niet gemakkelijk is, put ze veel kracht uit haar camera, die haar helpt de wereld te zien.

De tijdsgeest is zo goed overgebracht dat je vaak vergeet dat het niet een film is uit die tijd maar een film over die tijd. De kracht van Maria is inspirerend, vooral omdat het ook nog gebaseerd is op de herinnering van een bestaand persoon. Hoewel de film net niet genomineerd werd voor een oscar, is het gelukkig wel genomineerd voor een Golden Globe.

17. Show Me Love (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust

Votes: 47,630 | Gross: $0.17M

./Zweden -->echte titel: fu**cking Åmål Regie: Lukas Moodysson

18. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 15,366 | Gross: $0.01M

Regie: Kay Pollak Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren en Helen Sjöholm IMDb Rating: 7.5

Een bijzonder succesvolle concert dirigent heeft genoeg van zijn drukke bestaan en verruilt het voor een eenzaam bestaan in zijn geboortedorp in noord Zweden. Hier wordt er al snel een beroep gedaan op zijn expertise door het koor van de dorpskerk. Hij kan zijn passie toch niet onderdrukken en gaat druk met hen aan de slag. Dit heeft een grote impact op de hele gemeenschap, maar ook op hem. Hij integreert in het dorp, maakt vrienden, maar ook vijanden en er is zelfs liefde in het spel.

De terecht voor een Oscar genomineerd film is een van de meeste prettige films om naar te kijken. De onbevooroordeelde blik die de regisseur werpt op het normale simpelere rurale leven, laat je de karakters onmiddelijk in je hart sluiten. Hoewel de relaties en de liefde op een erg natuurlijke manier worden verfilmd, verlies je jezelf al snel in de romantiek.

19. Falkenberg Farewell (2006)

91 min | Drama

The last summer the five boys are together in Falkenberg. They are now grown up to be young men, on their way out into the world. At least most of them.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: John Axel Eriksson, Holger Eriksson, David Johnson, Jesper Ganslandt

Votes: 2,601

20. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling, Lena Endre

Votes: 199,141 | Gross: $10.10M

Zweden --> De originele "Män som hatar kvinnor" en niet de onnodige Amerikaanse remake van 2011

21. Brothers (2004)

R | 117 min | Drama, War

76 Metascore

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen, Sarah Juel Werner

Votes: 10,409 | Gross: $0.38M

22. Fanny and Alexander (1982)

R | 188 min | Drama

100 Metascore

Two young Swedish children experience the many comedies and tragedies of their family, the Ekdahls.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bertil Guve, Pernilla Allwin, Kristina Adolphson, Börje Ahlstedt

Votes: 52,721 | Gross: $4.97M

23. In a Better World (2010)

R | 118 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Director: Susanne Bier | Stars: Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Markus Rygaard, Wil Johnson

Votes: 36,731 | Gross: $1.01M

24. The Bench (2000)

93 min | Drama

Kaj is an alcoholic living on the money the Danish state is providing him. Him and his friends spend their time drinking beer at a public bench. One day Kaj's life turns upside down when a young lady and her child moves in next to him.

Director: Per Fly | Stars: Jesper Christensen, Marius Sonne Janischefska, Stine Holm Joensen, Nicolaj Kopernikus

Votes: 3,728

25. Flickering Lights (2000)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A gang of 4 Danish criminals are ordered by Færingen to steal a bag from a safe. When they see DKK4,000,000 in the bag, they keep it for themselves and head for Spain. They end up in a ruin of an old restaurant on Funen and renovate it.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Søren Pilmark, Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Votes: 17,831

26. Elling (2001)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen, Jørgen Langhelle

Votes: 13,518 | Gross: $0.31M

./ Noorwegen --> Regie: Petter Næss

Oscar genomineerde film, ontzettend grappig en tegelijkertijd hartverwarmend.

Meest internationaal bekende low-budget films van Noorwegen

27. In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Tomas Villum Jensen

Votes: 18,580

28. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

Votes: 196,188 | Gross: $2.12M

./ Zweden Regie: Tomas Alfredson

Over een jongen die veriefd wordt op een meisje dat geen zonlicht kan verdragen

29. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,258

./Finland Regie: Pekka Parrika

Anders dan alle andere Amerikaanse oorlog films, veel realistischer, harder en diepgaander... ongezien hard in dit genre.

30. The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Reodor Felgen decides that he will enter a car race to defeat his former friend who has stolen his plans for a car.

Director: Ivo Caprino | Stars: Wenche Foss, Per Theodor Haugen, Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Leif Juster

Votes: 11,804

./Noorwegen Regie: Ivo Caprino

Animatie cult film

31. The Sacrifice (1986)

PG | 149 min | Drama

At the dawn of World War III, a man searches for a way to restore peace to the world and finds he must give something in return.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Erland Josephson, Susan Fleetwood, Allan Edwall, Guðrún Gísladóttir

Votes: 20,511 | Gross: $0.30M

./Zweden --> Regisseur:Andrei Tarkovskij

32. Evil (2003)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård, Linda Zilliacus

Votes: 33,832 | Gross: $0.02M

./Zweden --> Regie: Mikael Håfström

33. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 17,157 | Gross: $8.35M

34. The Man Without a Past (2002)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Annikki Tähti, Juhani Niemelä

Votes: 20,576 | Gross: $0.92M

./ Finland Regie: Aki Kaurismäki

35. Frozen Land (2005)

130 min | Drama

When a schoolteacher is sacked he projects his bad mood at his troubled teen son. He in turn buys a CD player from a pawnshop with counterfeit money. This causes a chain-reaction that ... See full summary »

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi, Pamela Tola, Petteri Summanen

Votes: 5,472

Regie: Aku Louhimies Cast: Jasper Pääkkönen, Mikko Leppilampi en Pamela Tola IMDb Rating: 7.5

In deze film wordt continue de misère van de een overgeheveld op de ander. Beginnend met een leraar die zijn baan verliest, wat tot gevolgd heeft dat zijn zoontje erg komt te lijden onder het alcohol misbruik van zijn vader. Deze film gaat precies over waar Finland bekend om staat: Alcohol misbruik. Dit staat dan ook centraal gedurende de hele film. Deze film was in Finland de op een na best bekeken film van het jaar 2005.

36. The Best Intentions (1992)

Not Rated | 182 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August | Stars: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby

Votes: 2,681 | Gross: $1.25M

Regie: Bille August Cast: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August en Max von Sydow IMDb Rating: 7.6

Niet een film van Ingmar Bergman, maar wel een film over de ouders van Ingmar Bergman. Beginnend in Uppsala, raakt zijn vader, een arme student in de theologie, verliefd op een dochter van een bijzonder rijke familie. Na het huwelijk verhuizen ze naar een klein dorp in het noorden van Zweden, waar zijn vader de functie van priester bekleed. Na enkele jaren kan zijn moeder het niet meer uithouden en gaat terug naar Uppsala. Zijn vader blijft.

Al dan niet geregisseerd door Bergman, is de film wel door hem geschreven. En dat is te voelen. Je wordt meegezogen in de complexe relatie van deze twee sterke, maar wilpelturige persoonlijkheden. Het is een bijzonder intelligente verhaling van liefde en strijd.

37. Headhunters (2011)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 91,779 | Gross: $1.20M

38. Black's Game (2012)

R | 104 min | Crime, Thriller

After being reacquainted with a childhood friend Stebbi joins the drug trade world in order to pay off his debt. Inspired by actual events.

Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Stars: Thor Kristjansson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Damon Younger, María Birta

Votes: 3,919

39. Stormland (2011)

111 min | Comedy, Drama

The tragicomic story of lone rebel Boddi Steingrimsson who lives in a small town in Northern Iceland. Boddi hates materialistic modern society in its entirety and on his blog-page he ... See full summary »

Director: Marteinn Thorsson | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Votes: 377

40. The Deep (2012)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama

Based on actual events, a fisherman tries to survive in the freezing ocean after his boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Stefán Hallur Stefánsson, Joi Johannsson, Thora Bjorg Helga

Votes: 4,600

41. 101 Reykjavík (2000)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

Will the 30 y.o. Hlynur ever move out of his mother's apartment in Reykjavík? Social welfare keeps him passive but things change when his mother's Spanish friend, Lola, arrives and stays through Xmas and New Year's Eve.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Victoria Abril, Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Þrúður Vilhjálmsdóttir

Votes: 9,041 | Gross: $0.01M



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