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Scandinavian/Nordic Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Alena  (Swedish)
"With a traumatic event in her recent past, Alena transfers to a posh private all-girls school where her decidedly lower class roots makes her an outsider. While a gang of mean rich girls are determined to make her life a living hell, she is mysteriously defended by a shadowy and jealous, yet beautiful guardian angel."

The Charmer = al-saahir (Danish)
"..is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his past catches up with him."

Christian Dreadful (Finnish)
"A world famous rock-star [Tommy Johansson] battles his devilish producer [Dean Portnoj] to save his beloved fans from total damnation."

The Count of the Old Town (Swedish)
"Ingrid Bergman had her first speaking role in this ensemble comedy, as a chambermaid seduced by a suspected jewel thief."

Dollar (Swedish)
"Ingrid Bergman is the frustrated spouse of a busy industrialist with conservative views about how his wife should behave."

Ég man Þig = I Remember You (Icelandic)
"An elderly woman hangs herself in a church. A grieving father searches for the truth about what happened to his missing son. And a trio of young city dwellers unleash a sinister force when they begin renovating a cursed home on a remote island. They don't know it yet, but each of these strangers is connected by a disturbing, decades-old secret, a mystery that holds the key to a series of terrifying supernatural events."

The Guilty (Danish)
"Alarm dispatcher and former police officer Asger Holm answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought."

Heavy Trip (Finnish)
"In this offbeat comedy from Finland, Turo is stuck in a small village where the best thing is his life is being the lead vocalist for the amateur metal band Impaled Rektum. The only problem? He and his bandmates have practiced for twelve years without playing a single gig. The guys get a surprise visitor from Norway, the promoter for a huge heavy metal music festival, and decided it's now or never. They steal a van, a corpse, and even a new drummer in order to make their dreams a reality."

Hjarttasteinn = Heartstone  (Icelandic)
"In a remote fishing village in Iceland, teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer, as one tries to win the heart of a girl, while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it's time to leave the playground and face adulthood."

Holiday (Danish)
"Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the 'family' of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone."

Intermezzo (Swedish)
"Gustaf Molander's swooning romance, about an ill-starred affair, made Ingrid Bergman a star in Sweden, and she would go on to appear in the Hollywood remake."

June Night (Swedish)
"An unassuming woman is caught up in a sensational scandal and the finds a new beginning, in Bergman's last Swedish film before she moved to America."

Of Horses and Men (Icelandic)
"Against a breathtaking seaside landscape, a cast of hot-blooded characters struggle to connect with nature and each other. Among them, a pair of wistful human lovers are thwarted by equine libidos, sparking their tentative courtship into action. The lines between species blur seamlessly throughout these memorable tales, reflecting love, death, and the quirks of human and beast alike."

Rift (Icelandic)
"When Gunnar receives a distraught phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar, he drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is and discovers a menacing presence lurking."

Road North (Finnish)
"Timo gets the surprise of his life one day after arriving home only to find a homeless drunk asleep at his front door. The man, Leo, makes the claim to be Timo's long-lost father who left the country when Timo was three. Leo has returned to bestow his legacy upon his only son, and to re-unite him with his estranged family. Creating more questions than answers, Leo proves to be his son's alter ego of sorts, eventually prying him from his comfort zone and forcing him to reconcile with the past."

Same blod = Sami Blood (Swedish)
"Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930's and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture."

Screwed (Finnish)
"Seventeen-year-old Miku is trying to come to terms with his sexuality and find his place in the world. After his parents find out he threw a wild party while they were away, he is forced to spend the summer with them at their cottage. A flirtation soon develops with Elias, the boy next door. As they spend the summer escaping their dysfunctional families, a relationship quickly blossoms."

Speed Walking (Danish)
"In a quirky, small town situated on the outskirts of everything, fourteen-year-old Martin is getting ready for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; the communion. It's 1976, music's in the air and hormones are blossoming. But in the midst of it all, Martin's mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that not only change Martin's life forever, but also affects everyone else in the local community."

Thelma (Norwegian)
"A shy young student leaves her small town and religious family to study at a university in Oslo, but once on campus she experiences what appears to be a violent, unexpected seizure. Overwhelmed by the increasing intensity of the mystifying episodes and her powerful feelings for a beautiful classmate, she struggles to control her supernatural abilities."

Toivon tuolla puolen (Finnish)
"This wry, melancholic comedy from Aki Kaurismäki, a response to the ongoing global refugee crisis, follows two people searching for a place to call home. Khaled (Sherwan Haji), a displaced Syrian, lands in Helsinki as a stowaway; meanwhile, middle-aged Finnish salesman Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen) leaves his wife and his job and buys a conspicuously unprofitable restaurant. Khaled is denied asylum but decides not to return to Aleppo-- and the paths of the two men cross fortuitously..."

Tuntematon sotilas (Finnish)
"Based on the classic novel by Väinö Linna, it tells the story of an infantry unit's three-year tour of duty during the Finnish Continuation War. The film follows the story of Rokka, Kariluoto, Koskela, Hietanen, and their brothers-in-arms. It shows how friendship, humor, and the will to live unite these men on their way to the battlefront and back. The war changes the lives of each of the soldiers as well as the lives of those on the home front and leaves its mark on the entire nation."

Unga Astrid = Becoming Astrid (Swedish)
"Teenaged Astrid Lindgren, future author of Pippi Longstocking, leads a carefree life in rural Sweden. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves home to give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves with a foster mother. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and gift for storytelling to reconnect with her child."

Vinterbrødre (Swedish)
"Set in a rural chalk-mining community during a cold winter, the film follows two brothers. The younger brother Emil distills moonshine made from stolen chemicals from the factory. Emil is an outsider, an oddball, who made a conscious choice for loneliness and is only accepted by the mining community due to his older brother Johan. Emil longs for passion, for being wanted and loved. When a fellow worker becomes sick, the moonshine and Emil are prime suspects. Gradually a violent feud erupts between him and the tightly-knit mining community. Emil feels betrayed by his brother when he finds out that the neighbor girl Anna, the subject of his unfulfilled desires, chooses his older brother instead of him. Revenge, loneliness, and lack of love pervade this modern brother odyssey."

Walpurgis Night (Swedish)
"Tackling the subject of Sweden's declining birth rate, this topical drama features Ingrid Bergman as a virtuous young woman who becomes entangled in a sordid love triangle."

What Will People Say (Norwegian)
"Sixteen-year-old Nisha lives a double life. When out with her friends, she's a regular Norwegian teenager. At home with her family, she is the perfect Pakistani daughter. But when her father catches her alone with her boyfriend, Nisha's two worlds brutally collide. To set an example and escape the judgment of their peers, Nisha's parents send her to live with extended family in a small town in Pakistan. There, Nisha must adapt to a rigid culture that denies her the freedoms she once enjoyed."

A Woman's Face (Swedish)
"With this thriller, Molander gave Ingrid Bergman her most ruthless role to date, as a blackmailer who undergoes an operation to repair her disfigured face and gets a change of heart in the bargain."