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Scandinavian Film Festival Blows In On A Cold Wind

What’s your favourite way to spend a Saturday night? If you answered watching obscure Scandinavian film then boy does Palace Centro have a treat for you!

Kicking off tomorrow the Scandinavian film festival will open with Swedish Blockbuster The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Hundraaringen som klev ut genom fonstret och forsvann) and is set to be followed with an after party with Cake Wines, Nordic Flavours and live entertainment and this is going to happen every Friday night until the 20th!

With Scandinavian crime drama the hottest property of the last few years, it only made sense to delve even deeper into Nordic film. Brisbane audiences will have the chance to experience the breadth of style, humour, action and mystery that Scandinavian film has to offer.

 Get into the groove of 60s Sweden, when the Festival hosts a special event screening of Per Fly's Waltz for Monica (Monica Z) on Tuesday July 15 at 6.00pm. Triumphs and tragedy abound in this biopic based on the life of popular Swedish jazz-singer Monica Zetterlund, played by the enchanting Edda Magnason who sings her own smoky, elegant vocals. People are invited to enjoy a glass of wine courtesy of Cake Wines, Scandinavian cheeses and jazzy entertainment, followed by the film.

Other highlights of the festival include Easy Money III: Life Deluxe (2013), the final installment following JW, an economics student who falls into the seductive world of drug running. To celebrate, the entire trilogy will be screened starting with Sweden's top-grossing film of 2010 Easy Money (Snabba cash) and Easy Money II: Hard to Kill (2012) all of which star Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, The Killing).

From Finland, director Taru Mäkelä's August Fools (Mieleton Elokuu) is a smart, uplifting comedy set in the context of the Cold War. Marvellously multilayered, the story is loosely based on real political events, paired with a delightful romance. The rugged, isolated beauty of Iceland is showcased in the powerful family dramaMetalhead (Málmhaus) – a story of loss and grief led by a breathtaking and award-winning performance by Thorbjörg Helga Thorgilsdóttir. As a 12 year-old, Hera (Thorgilsdóttir) witnesses the tragic accident that kills her older brother, Baldur. But not long after the loss, it is as though the heavy-metal-loving Baldur has never left her side as Hera takes on her brother's identity, claiming his wardrobe, record collection and electric guitar.

Get in quick to see some of these world-class films and if you’ve never seen Scandinavian film before then why not take a chance and get some culture into ya?

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