Milad Alami’s Debut Feature Wins At San Sebastian

Milad Alami’s debut feature The Charmer (Charmøren) was awarded the FEDEORA Award by the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Saturday. The Charmer is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately trying to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. However, as time runs out, he falls in love and his past catches up with him. The jury said in their deliberation: "The filmmaker

The Ash Lad Confirmed For Trilogy Of Folklore

Maipo Film has announced that Askeladden – i Dovregubbens hall (The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King), which opened in Norway on Friday, will be the first in a trilogy costing 180 million kroner. In The Ash Lad, Espen Askeladd (Vebjørn Enger), a poor farmer's son embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save Princess Kristin (Eili Harboe) from the Mountain King troll, and use the reward to save the family farm from ruin. The original tale

Pordenone Explores Golden Age Of Swedish Cinema

The 36th Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Le Giorante Del Cinema Muto) will present a retrospective of the Golden Age of Swedish cinema and its influence on other Nordic countries. The Golden Age of Swedish cinema began in 1917 with the success of Victor Sjöström’s A Man There Was (Terje Vigen), based on the poem by Henrik Ibsen. This led to further Swedish films with artistic ambitions based on acclaimed literary works set in rural Scandinavia, and provided inspiration to film makers

Bakerman Confirmed For North American Premiere

David Noel Bourke's third independent feature, Bakerman, has been selected for the 3rd Nordic International Film Festival (12 -14 October) in New York, where it will receive its North American premiere. Jens (Mikkel Vadsholdt) has accepted far too much for too long. Being the shy night-owl he is, he keeps to himself, but the world will not let him be, and his quality begins to suffer. When a bunch of yobs smash Jens' car window, he takes one of them out. Intoxicated

Iceland Selects Under The Tree As Oscar Contender

The Icelandic Film and TV Academy has selected Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's (Paris Of The North) third feature Under The Tree (Undir trénu) as its entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. Under The Tree follows Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) who is accused of adultery by Agnes (Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir) and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter Ása, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents