Berlinale Celebrates Nordic Film And TV Composers

On Sunday 18th February, Nordic Film Music Days will present a full day of networking and workshops for music professionals at the Nordic Embassies as part of this year's Berlinale, culminating in a ceremony for the 8th HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award. THE NOMINEES: Kristian Eidnes Andersen (Denmark) for Sami Blood (Sameblod), directed by Amanda Kernell.​ Miska Seppa and Juri Seppä (Finland) for Tatu & Patu, directed by Rike Jokela. Daníel Bjarnason (Iceland) for Under the Tree (Undir trénu), directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar

Love & Order Dominates At Golden Venla Awards

Three-part drama Love & Order (Myrskyn jälkeen) dominated the Golden Venla Awards at the Finnish National Opera House on Friday, with wins for Best Drama, Best Director (Leea Klemola) and Best Script (Leea Klemola, Kaarina Hazard). Love & Order (Myrskyn jälkeen) stars Kaarina Hazard as Inspector Rauni Kolehmainen, who tries to keep the world from falling apart six months after a gigantic storm devastated Finland. It is the second drama to be co-written by Hazard and Klemola, and their previous collaboration,

Iina Kuustonen Stars In Hannu Salonen’s Arctic Circle

As production begins on ten-part Finnish crime drama Arctic Circle, directed by Hannu Salonen, it has been revealed that Iina Kuustonen (Nurses), Maximilian Brückner (War Horse) and Clemens Schick (Casino Royale) will star. In Arctic Circle, detective Nina Kautsalo (Iina Kuustonen) finds a prostitute tied up in chains inside a remote cabin in the wilderness, and soon finds two other women dead at the same property. A mysterious virus is found in the victim’s blood, whereupon German virologist Thomas Lorenz (Maximilian Bruckner)

Ostlund & Kaurismäki For European Film Awards

At the Seville European Film Festival on Saturday, the European Film Academy announced the nominations for the 30th European Film Awards which will see Ruben Östlund and Aki Kaurismäki go head to head for Best Film and Best Director. Ruben Östlund’s social satire The Square, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and is Sweden's Oscar contender, has five nominations: Best Film, Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, and Best Actor. It follows the curator of a modern art museum

Little Wing Wins The 14th Nordic Council Film Prize

Selma Vilhunen's debut feature Little Wing (Tyttö Nimeltä Varpu) has been awarded the 14th Nordic Council Film Prize, against stiff competition from Parents (Forældre), Heartstone (Hjartasteinn), Hunting Flies (Fluefangeren) and Sami Blood (Sameblod). In Little Wing, 12-year-old Varpu is rapidly approaching adulthood whilst her mother, Siru, refuses to grow up. One night, Varpu has had enough so steals a car and drives north in search of her father. Finding him awakens something in both Varpu and Siru, and they begin to