Aki Kaurismäki Awarded The Silver Bear In Berlin

During a ceremony on Saturday night, Aki Kaurismäki was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival for The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen). In The Other Side Of Hope, Syrian refugee Khaled stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a travelling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground

Sámi Blood Takes Dragon Award At Göteborg 2017

On Saturday, the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival was presented to director Amanda Kernell for Sami Blood (Sameblod). It also received the Sven Nykvist Prize, which went to cinematographer Sophia Olsson. Sámi Blood tells the story of Sámi teenager Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) who decides to break all ties with her family and culture to seek a new life in Uppsala. The jury said in their deliberation: "The main character's journey, the difficult choices

Sherlock Heads North To Escape Moriarty In 2018

According to Variety, Finnish writer and director Juha Wuolijoki has revealed to TV Drama Vision at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival that he is developing a ten-part series featuring Sherlock Holmes, and approved by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate, entitled Sherlock North. Based on the 1903 short story The Adventure Of The Empty House, Sherlock Holmes assumes the identity of a Norwegian explorer named Sigerson after faking his own death at the Reichenbach Falls, and travels to Lapland in a

Tom Of Finland To Premiere At Göteborg Film Festival

Dome Karukoski’s Tom Of Finland, which tells the story of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, will open the 2017 Göteborg Film Festival on January 27th with its world premiere. Laaksonen returned home to Helsinki a hero after an eventful military service during World War II. However, peacetime was no less distressing for him as he was persecuted for his homosexuality, forced to have secret affairs and pressured into marrying a woman. He went on to discover liberation in his art, specialising in homoerotic

The Paradise Takes Nordic Noir To The Mediterranean

Spain's Mediapro is to join forces with Finnish broadcaster YLE to produce The Paradise, which will take Nordic noir south to the Mediterranean. The series is written by Matti Laine (Bordertown). The Paradise is a thriller set among the Finnish community living in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, the largest group of Scandinavians outside Scandinavia. Their peaceful existence is set to be interrupted by a series of crimes which can only be resolved by the collaboration of Finnish and Spanish