Woman At War Selected For Cannes Critics Week

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð), the second feature by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), has been selected for the 57th La Semaine de la Critique sidebar (9 - 17 May) of the Cannes Film Festival, where it will receive its world premiere. The film follows Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), an independent woman in her late 40s, who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything to protect the

Cannes Festival Invites Supernatural Border

Danish director Ali Abbasi, whose debut feature Shelley was nominated at both the Bodil and Robert Awards this year, will compete in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8 - 19 May) with his supernatural love story Border (Gräns), based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In). A border guard (Eva Melander) with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers develops a strange attraction to a suspect (Eero Milonoff) who is the

Joachim Trier To Be Critics Week Jury President

Norwegian director Joachim Trier has been appointed President of the jury at the 57th La Semaine de la Critique, which was created in 1962 by the French Union of Film Critics to focus on discovering new directing talents in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. Trier made his mark on the Croisette in 2011 with his second feature, Oslo August 31st, which screened as part of Un Certain Regard. He then returned to the Official Selection in 2015 with Louder than

Gustaf Skarsgård For 438 Dagar Prison Biopic

SF Studios has announced that Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings) and Matias Varela (Narcos) will star in 438 dagar (438 Days), based on the true story of journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, who were sentenced to 11 years in an Ethiopian prison for terrorism. In 2011 Martin Schibbye (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Johan Persson (Matias Varela) crossed the border from Somalia into Ethiopia to report on how the pursuit for oil had affected those living in the conflict-ridden region of Ogaden. Five

Eternal Road Dominates 2018 Jussi Awards

In Helsinki on Friday, AJ Annila's period drama The Eternal Road (Ikitie), starring Tommi Korpela, dominated the 2018 Jussi Awards with six wins including Best Film and Best Director. Set in 1930, The Eternal Road follows a trade union activist who flees to the relative safety of the Soviet Union, and where his future looks bright until Stalin's regime grows suspicious of foreigners. Alongside Best Film and Best Director, it's prize haul included Best Supporting Actor for Hannu-Pekka Björkman and Best