Nordic festival returns to UK

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Nordic festival returns to UK
Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.

The Nordic Film Festival will run its third edition in the UK from Nov 26-Dec 7 in London followed by more touring in December 2014 to the Edinburgh Filmhouse, Glasgow Film Theatre, Tyneside in Newcastle and Broadway in Nottingham.

Film company Day for Night runs the event, which includes features, documentaries and shorts.

Films selected include Iram Haq’s I Am Yours, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Paris Of The North, Lisa Langseth’s Hotel, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki, Ani Simon-Kennedy’s Days of Gray, Andreas Johnsen’s Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case, and Petri Luukkainen’s My Stuff.

In London, the venues are the Ica, Hackney Picturehouse, Arthouse Crouch End, The Proud Archivist, Cafe Kaizen and Hotel St Ermin.

One new strand is about Architecture, Design & The City.

Cph: Dox will screen a shorts programme from their Cph: Lab.
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Film Review: 'My Stuff'

★☆☆☆☆Following a breakup with his girlfriend, My Stuff (2013) director Petri Luukkainen decides to put all of his worldly possessions into storage and retrieve them one item per day, ridding himself of the ennui caused by his cluttered life. Helped by friends who look on with a mixture of wry amusement, scepticism and bewilderment, Petri empties his flat and flees naked back home. And so begins a one-year experiment during which he's not allowed to buy new stuff and will hopefully work out the value of the things he's accrued during his short life. Directed by its subject, My Stuff is possibly the most uninteresting piece of narcissistic twaddle you'll ever have the misfortune of viewing.
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Nordic film fest returning to London

Nordic film fest returning to London
Festival will take titles on tour to Edinbugh and Glasgow.

The Nordic Film Festival is returning to London for its second edition (Nov 25-Dec 4), focussing on films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

The 15-title strong programme will include five UK premieres and two London premieres. The line-up comprises family and youth dramas, crime thrillers, documentaries, animation, experimental film and shorts.

The festival will open with the UK premiere of Marcus Fjellstrom’s short noir animation series, Odboy and Erordog Suite, with live soundtrack performed by Swedish quartet The Pearls Before Swine Experience.

Other UK premieres include Rune Denstad Langlo’s Chasing the Wind; documentary My Stuff with a Q&A with director Petri Luukkainen; and documentary Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart with a Q&A with director Mika Ronkainen.

Other highlights include Pirjo Honkasalo’s Concrete Night and closing film You and Me Forever by director Kaspar Munk. The latter screening will be attended by lead
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Cph:dox reveals 2013 programme

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Line-up includes two programmes curated by Ai Weiwei and The Yes Men.

Copenhagen documentary festival Cph:dox has unveiled the programme for its 11th edition, which runs Nov 7-17.

More than 200 films will be screened including 57 world and international premieres; a new prize for journalistic documentaries called F:act Award; and curated programmes from artist Ai Weiwei and activist duo The Yes Men.

For the first time, the festival is introducing an overall theme: Everything is Under Control.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has selected 10 films for this year’s festival with the theme in mind, reflecting “artists’ role and responsibility towards the acts of the establishment”.

The festival will also screen the world premiere of Weiwei’s new film Stay Home!, about a 10-year old girl who is not allowed to receive medical care for her HIV-infection, as she is the second child in the family.

Us activist duo The Yes Men aim to bring the power of the
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Finnish Film Affair to showcase new Moomins

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Finnish Film Affair to showcase new Moomins
The second edition of the Finnish Film Affair, scheduled for Sept 24-26 in Helsinki, will again showcase hot local titles and works in progress.

This year’s event boasts an expanded guest list of sales agents, buyers and festival programmers, including representatives from Zdf/Arte, Celluloid Dreams, Wild Bunch, Hanway, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Rotterdam and Locarno. About 200 industry experts will attend.

The first edition introduced the Finnish Film Affair to international decision makers,” said Sara Norberg, executive director of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, which launched the event. “We’re very proud that the success of last year’s works-in-progress and the positive buzz around the event has attracted even more interest from the international industry.”

The new films to be screened include Toronto-bound titles Concrete Night by Pirjo Honkasalo and Heart of Lion by Dome Karukoski, in addition to other festival selections such as Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart by Mika Ronkainen and Alcan Highway by Aleksi
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