Sick of the current blockblusters and after something fresh? The Scandinavian Film Festival in Melbourne is well underway and is showing an exciting range of films from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Denmark until July 27th. There are over 20 twenty films bringing many characters to focus, from the opinionated Sanna who's doubtful of love (21 Ways To Ruin A Marriage), reformed criminal Teppo and his path away from white supremacy (Heart Of A Lion) and Erika, whose harrowing experience leads to her encounter with similarly damaged people looking to recover their life and happiness (Hotell).
If you enjoy heart racing crime thrillers, consider the Easy Money trilogy. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Easy Money centers on Johan Westlund/JW, an economics student with a humble upbringing. He dreams of living the high life and earns a volatile position amongst a group of hedonistic friends with opulent tastes. Without legal means to sustain the luxuious lifestyle he has introduced himself to, JW becomes entangled in crime scenes and begins dealing drugs, where he is inevitably exposed in the crossfire between two gangs and must rely on his intellect to bargain and secure his survival.
Metalhead is an Icelandic drama starring award winning Thorbjörg Helga Thorgilsdóttir as Hera. On the cusp of her teenage years, Hera witnesses the accidental death of her older brother, causing her to adopt his heavy metal loving identity - a fervent decision in line with the paradigm of retaining his presence. Some years on her newfound identity has coalesced into dreams of becoming a celebrity, a dream which starkly parallels with her rural town and reserved parents. Metalhead follows a crucial point in Hera's life where she is faced by the intersection of past traumas and future endeavours, and the tumultuous discord between her and her family in their silent struggles in living without a loved one.
The movies are playing at the Palace Cinemas in South Yarra and Brighton Bay. Tickets can be purchased at the box office between 11 AM - 8.30 PM daily, by phone booking or online at www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.au. Multiple-film purchases may attract a discount and groups of 20 people or more can redeem discounted tickets.
Palace Cinema Como
Phone: (03) 9827 7533
Level 2, Como Centre
Corner of Toorak Rd & Chapel Street
South Yarra Tram 8, Stop 31
Palace Brighton Bay
Phone: (03) 9596 3590
294 Bay Street, Brighton
Palace Movie Club Members: $15
Attendees must be aged 18 or over.
*Images sourced from Scandinavian Film Festival website (I Am Yours)