Thursday, 1 December – Sunday 11 December 2016
To celebrate the 5th edition of the annual winter celebration of films from the far north, the festival decided to expand the remit of programme to include Baltic cinema alongside the best in new Nordic cinema. So, welcome to Nordic-Baltic Film Festival 2016!
This year’s festival has a strong comedy flavour, alongside some of the best new dramas and documentaries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. And there’ll be plenty of fantastic events running throughout the festival, so come and join us on a cinematic ride to the far north!
See the two Finnish movies on the programme below.
Sun 11 Dec, 4pm – Regent Street Cinema
dir. Klaus Härö, Finland/Estonia/Germany 2015, 99 min, cert PG, Estonian, Russian + English subtitles
A former fencing champ takes a low-key teacher’s post in rural Estonia, but having been conscripted by the Nazis during WW2 puts him in jeopardy now the Soviets are in power. A national fencing competition offers his students the chance to display their new foil-handling skills, but can their inspirational coach take the risk to attend? Sporting underdog action meets brutal political reality in this stirring 1950s-set drama, based on the true story of Endel Nelis.
Finnish Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at 88th Academy Awards (2016)
Golden Globes 2016: Nominated – Best Motion Picture Foreign Language
Jussi Awards 2016: Winner – Best Film, Best Cinematography / Nominated – Best Actor
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015:Winner Best Film
DIVING INTO THE UNKNOWN
dir. Juan Reina, Finland/Norway 2016, 90 min, Finnish + English subtitles
Four Finnish cave divers face their worst nightmare when two of their friends drown deep inside an underwater cave in Norway. When the official recovery operation is called off by the Norwegian and British authorities after being deemed too risky, the friends set out on a secret mission to retrieve the bodies themselves. Diving into the Unknown isn’t just the dramatic story of a life-threatening mission. It is also a story about unconditional friendship that truly runs deep. While each member of the team has years of experience exploring dangerous deep-sea caves, together they are about to face the biggest challenge of their lives. To make it out alive, they will need to be able to rely on each other every second of the way. And the physical demands of this operation will pale in comparison to the psychological toll it will take on everyone involved.
Official Festival Selections: Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016, hotDOCs Toronto 2016,
Visions du Reel Switzerland 2016, DOCPOINT Helsinki 2016, Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia 2016
See the trailer | Screening dates tbc