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)

Debut Charmøren Wins At Nordic Film Days Lübeck

Milad Alami was awarded the NDR Film Prize and 12,500 Euro for his feature debut, The Charmer (Charmøren), at the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck on Saturday. The Charmer, which won at San Sebastian last month, is an intense psychological drama about 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. Meanwhile, the Audience Prize went to

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

Historian Tom Buk-Swienty Moves Into TV Production

Danish historian and author Tom Buk-Swienty has joined forces with producer Klaus Birch from B-Film to form Saxofilm, which will specialise in historical film and TV productions. Tom Buk-Swienty, best known for his books about the 1864 Second Schleswig War, will primarily serve as historian for the new company, providing ideas for Klaus Birch to translate into TV. Klaus Birch said in a statement: "Danes like history. When my own children push me in front of the TV to watch The History

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