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Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2019

This year's lineup features a futuristic space flick, the highest grossing Danish film ever and a retrospective of the original 'Millenium Trilogy' movies.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2019
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Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2019

This year's lineup features a futuristic space flick, the highest grossing Danish film ever and a retrospective of the original 'Millenium Trilogy' movies.
By Sarah Ward
July 01, 2019
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For three weeks this winter, Sydney's Palace Cinemas Verona, Palace Norton Street and Palace Central will turn extra frosty — on their big screens, that is. Running from Tuesday, July 9 to Wednesday, July 31, and marking the event's sixth year, the Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns with a suitably wintery showcase of cinema from Europe's coldest climes, featuring 21 films from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland.

Whether you're keen on irreverent comedies, dark dramas or Nordic noir, they're all on the lineup. If you're a fan of Denmark's most popular film series or one of Sweden's hugely successful crime authors, they're on the program too. Sci-fi, rom-coms, character studies, award-winners, festival hits — the list goes on, because Scandinavian cinema is a diverse realm.

The 2019 festival kicks off with laughs, as all good things should, thanks to Danish comedy Happy Ending. Next, it heads to Iceland with direct-from-Cannes drama A White, White Day — the latest film from Hlynur Palmason, the director of SFF 2018's Winter Brothers. Also on the bill: the Stellan Skarsgård-starring, Norwegian-made, Berlinale Silver Bear winner Out Stealing Horses; the spaceship-set futuristic Swedish flick Aniara; and, from Finland, the SXSW hit Aurora, about a party girl who befriends an Iranian refugee.

Definite highlights also hail from the thriller domain, as Scandi-loving cinephiles would expect. If you saw the first three page-to-screen Department Q instalments at previous festivals, you can see how the series ends with The Purity of Vengeance, which is now the highest-grossing Danish film ever. For those who've read, re-read and watched everything Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-related, make a date with documentary Steig Larsson: The Man Who Played with Fire, which delves into the late author and journalist's archives. As an added bonus, it's screening alongside a retrospective of the original Swedish Millennium Trilogy films, starring Noomi Rapace.

Images: Department Q; A White, White Day; Happy Ending; Out Stealing Horses; Sonja. 

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