Elysia Zeccola’s top picks for the 2018 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival

Published on July 12, 2018
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The 2018 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso from July 19 – August 1, celebrating the best in Nordic cinema. The program this year has been curated from across Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland, including award-winners recognised both at home and abroad.

We asked Elysia Zeccola, National Festivals Director at Palace Cinemas for her top 5 intriguing picks from the festival.

BORDER This Cannes-awarded highlight is one of the most intriguing films I have seen recently, it’s about a customs official with an acute sense of smell, she can smell fear and guilt which makes her unusually adept at her job! This film is a real genre-bending trip.

WHAT WILL PEOPLE SAY This cross-cultural drama about a Norwegian teenager clashing with her traditional Pakistani parents tackles universal and topical issues of integration, assimilation and acceptance, and it’s very moving, the performances are terrific.


A HORRIBLE WOMAN The title caught my interest and I went in thinking I would hate it, so I was surprised to find myself enjoying this provocative and entertaining Danish film about a relationship that becomes dysfunctional, it’s bound to divide people!

VALLEY OF SHADOWS is a mysterious Scandinavian gothic-style film, it follows Aslan, a young boy who wanders into the dense Norwegian forest.

WINTER BROTHERS is a very compelling directorial debut. Set on the island of Zealand at a limestone mine, the story of two brothers and a family feud that erupts is a very stunningly shot and engrossing artistic effort.

See the full program and get tickets online.

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