|Must-see this week: London Nordic Film Festival 2012|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Sunday, 25 November 2012 20:03|
The snow. The dark humour. The jumpers. If I'm not holed up with The Killing, I love a bit of Nordic cinema on a dark winter evening. From Troll Hunter and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Rare Exports and The Hunt, them Northern European sure know how to have a good time. Turns out it mostly involves killing each other, taking drugs and wearing thick, woolen tops.
Which is why I’m rather excited about London’s first ever Nordic Film Festival. Running from this Friday (30th November) to Tuesday 5th December, it’s a short (but no less sweet) whistle-stop tour of past and present Scandinavian success.
Like all good festivals, it starts with Pierce Brosnan. Starring in Love Is All You Need, directed by Susanne Bier, The Bronhomme gets things going with a light rom-com that even adds a sprinkling of Italian to the mix.
From there, it’s full speed through a sea of crime, mythical monsters and gourmet dining until we reach the premiere of Lisa Langseth’s Pure, starring A Royal Affair’s Alicia Vikander.
It also takes in a nice range of London venues, including Hammersmith’s cute Riverside Studios, Leicester Square’s essential Prince Charles Cinema Knitting and South Kensington’s classy Cine Lumiere.
So whether you’re in it to see a different side to cinema or some of London’s lesser-known screens, the Nordic Film Festival is worth checking out.
Knitting will be permitted at all venues.
Fri 30 Nov, 6.15pm - Opening Gala Screening + party, Cine lumiere
Sat 1 Dec, 2pm - Riverside Studios
Sat 1 Dec, 5.15pm - Riverside Studios
Sat 1 Dec, 7pm - Riverside Studios
Sat 1 Dec, 11.30pm - Midnight Screening, Prince Charles Cinema
Sun 2 Dec, 6.45pm - Riverside Studios
Sun 2 Dec, 8.45pm - Riverside Studios
Mon 3 Dec, 6.45pm - Riverside Studios
Mon 3 Dec, 8pm - Cine lumiere
Mon 3 Dec, 8.30pm - Riverside Studios
Wed 5 Dec, 7pm - Closing Gala Screening + party, Riverside Studios