Nordic Lights Film Festival

Saturday, March 2


Summer Children/sumarbörn

Drama | Iceland | 2017 | 84 minutes |  Guðrún Ragnarsdóttir

The siblings Eydis and Kari are only five and six years old when their parents' marriage breaks apart. As their mother struggles to find her footing following the divorce, they are sent temporarily to a countryside children's home. But the stay turns out to be longer than they had ever expected. Eydis and Kari take matters into their own hands.

Cast: Kristjan Thors, Stefán Örn Eggertsson, Brynhildur Guðjánsdottir, Magnea B. Valdimarsdottir




Comedy/Drama | Finland |2017 | 92 minutes | Inari Niemi

The idea of having to spend Christmas alone prompts recently separated Helena to join best friend Ulli on a farmhouse getaway for the holiday. Their hosts, a young urban couple with a small daughter, trying their hand at organic farming are facing their own challenges adjusting to country life.  A third guest, Oiva, is also escaping to the country for Christmas which will turn out quite different from everyone's expectations.

Four nominations for Jussi, Finnish national film award: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film, Best Script Gothenburg Film Festival

Cast: Milka Ahlroth, Eino Heiskanen, irmaeli-Unelma Hyde



Handle with Care/Hjertestart

Drama | Norway | 2017 | 102 minutes | Arild Andresen

A father. A son. A journey.

When his wife dies, offshore worker Kjetil is left with his six-year-old adopted son Daniel. To find out more about the boy's background Kjetil takes Daniel back to Colombia. The journey will change them both forever.

Kjetil, a Norwegian offshore worker is a recent widower, now left to take care of his six-year-old adopted son Daniel. Unable to deal with his lone parent role, Kjetil decides to bring Daniel to Colombia to find the boy's biological mother. In Bogot, a taxi driver and his family assist Kjetil in his search for Daniels mother while the young little by little reconnects with his country of origin. Gradually Daniel gets use to life in Colombia and Kjetil is presented with an option that can change their life.

Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Marlon Moreno, Kristoffer Bech



Nordic Shorts

Shorts | PanNordic | 97 minutes


A Worthy Man/ En værdig mand

Short | Denmark | 2018 | 19:11 minutes | Kristian Haskjold

Night after night, Erik works alone in his bakery. His only company is a late-night radio program, which he persistently attempts to get through to in order to be honored as “Joker of the Week”.  A growing depression hurls Erik to spin out of a key, which in the end culminates in a desperate cry for help.


Foggy Days/Dimmiga dar

Short | Sweden | 2018 | 17:15 minutes | Martin Sandin

Stockholm 2018. I9n a time where social media gives us performance anxiety and confirmation is becoming increasingly important; Clara meets Peter. Clara wants the world. Peter wants nothing but to be loved. The usually confident Peter quickly becomes inferior to the charismatic Clara, leaving him with only one last option: to confront her with his true feelings. Together they are drawn into a world where love is currency to feed their own ego. Their relationship is a battle without a winner.


Three men/þrir men

Short | Iceland | 2017 | 11:47 minutes |  Emilsson Emil Alfreð

After an incident on an isolated farm in the Westfjord a young man feels he has to start acting more his age in order to please his father and to keep his little brother out of harm's way.


Super Comfort

Short | Finland | 2017 | 14: 39  minutes | Kirsikka Saari

Taina is preparing a perfect weekend with the family, since her son Eetu is visiting with his girlfriend. But the more Taina tries to entertain everyone, the less comfortable they feel.


Things we don`t talk about/Det vi ikke snakker om

Short | Norway |2017 |18:11 minutes | Dan Johan Filip Svensson  

After surviving a car accident, thirteen-year-old Edvin isolates himself from friends and family. When his father forces him to go to rehabilitation, he can no longer avoid dealing with his trauma.



Experimental Short | Sápmi/Finland | 2018 | 2minutes | Lauda Suomenrinne

A woman’s Sámi headdress serves as an object and gateway between her ancestors, reminding her of the importance of keeping her traditions alive. 


What We Talk About When We Talk About Fish/Guolleságat

Short | Sápmi/Norway |2018 | 12:07 minutes | Egil Pedersen

Three women meet. One of them wants to talk about the important things in life, but it is safer to talk about fish.



Land of Hope/Oma Maa

Historic Drama/Romance | Finland |109 minutes| Markku Pölönen

Homeland is a love story of Anni and Veikko. It also tells the story of the times after WWII – from 1945 to 1952, when Finland had to settle over 440 000 evacuees and war invalids from Karelia. Over 100 000 new homes were established.

Cast: Oona Airola, Konsta Laakso, Pyry Äikää, Mika Nuoiua




Drama | Sweden |2018 | 88 minutes| Peter Grönlund

Goliat is set in a small industrial town somewhere in Sweden. When Roland is sentenced to prison, his son, 17-year old Kimmie, is expected to provide for the family by taking over his dad's criminal business. This is a task he's not ready for. The film's depicting a boy's brutal entry into adult life and examines aspects of social heritage and patriarchal structures, at a time when the welfare is declining and Sweden is changing.

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