Nordic Film Autumn 2018 coming to Lucerna

Several films on sports are featured in this year’s lineup

Nordic Film Autumn will take place for the ninth time at kino Lucerna from Nov. 15 to 20. The festival has 28 films from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania, of which 13 will be Czech premieres. After playing in Prague, some of the films will go to other Czech cities.

The opening ceremony takes place Nov. 15 at 6 pm at Lucerna with the premiere of the drama What Will People Say (Hva vil folk si). Norwegian director, screenwriter and actress o Iram Haq brings the story of Nishe, a 16-year-old girl, who is kidnapped by her family to “retain family honor” and sent to relatives in Pakistan. The director experienced a similar event in her own life.

Denmark has several new films. The film Pound for Pound (Den bedste mand) depicts one of the most remarkable victories in sports history. A man through his support for his wife and friendship with an African boxer escapes from his shadow, finds courage and becomes a living legend.

Another sports tale is Summer ’92 (Denmark ’92). In 1992, the Danish national football team had failed to qualify for the European Championship in Sweden. The players were already on holiday when Yugoslavia was disqualified because of the war, and they had to return as underdogs.

The award-winning documentary Big Time (Big Time: Historien om Bjarke Ingels) sees the architect Bjarke Ingels fighting conventions and fighting illness, as he tries to make the world a better place.

Finnish films offer tense drama and fun. In Absolution (Henkesi edestä) two women are rushing to the hospital because one of them has gone into premature labor. On the way they hit something, but the driver says it was nothing important. At the hospital, they meet the wife of a hit-and-run victim.

The dramatic comedy Wonderland (Joulumaa) takes viewers to an old-fashioned Christmas on an organic farm with alternative farmers.

Sports can gain be seen in 95, about Finland's emotional final ice hockey match with Sweden.

The Swedish documentary Nice People (Filip and Fredrik presenterar Trevligt folk) follows a Somali team training in Sweden to play a sport called bandy and reaching the World Championships.

Swedish director Jonas Selberg Augustsén’s feature debut is The Garbage Helicopter (Sophelikoptern). This black-and-white road movie is the tribute to Jim Jarmusch.
The Lithuanian action comedy Redirected (Už Lietuvą!) is influenced by Guy Ritchie but with an Eastern European touch. Four friends commit a robbery but get stranded and have to fight through culture shock to get back home.

Seneca's Day (Senekos diena) shows a group of 18-year-old friends in 1989 who adopted the motto “live every day as if it were your last.” The film finds this group 25 years later to see how they fared.

The sports documentary Wonderful Losers: A Different World (Nuostabieji lūzeriai. Kita planeta) reveals the inside of professional cycling and the relationships between the leaders and those who are willing to sacrifice themselves so other team members can achieve victory.

The festival also includes reprises of several films that played previously and films that are a few years old but still worth a look.

The festival has been trying to accommodate audiences with hearing impairment. All films feature color-coded subtitles for the deaf. Screenings in Prague, Brno and Ostrava will also feature English subtitles.

The festival is organized by the Nordic Film Club with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, the City of Brno and the Nordic State Embassies.

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