Category Archives: Nordic cinema

Barry Forshaw to interview Indridason

Barry Forshaw is looking forward to interviewing Arnaldur Indridason at Harrogate Theakstons – & they’ve got a competition to win his Nordic Noir & Euro Noir books! Visit

Please do also keep an eye out for Barry’s new book on Sex and Film which has a big Scandinavian section, of course.



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Icelandic crime at Day-for-Night Nordic Film festival

Sunday 2 December brings a relatively rare chance to see the Icelandic film adaptation of Arnaldur Indriðason’s novel Mýrin (Jar City) on the big screen.

Sun 2 Dec, 6.45pm – Riverside Studios

JAR CITY I Baltasar Kormakur, Iceland/Germany/Denmark 2006,  91 mins, cert 15

Inspector Erlendur investigates the death of an elderly man. His only clues: a picture of a girl’s grave and a cryptic note. Meanwhile, mystery surrounds a grieving father working on a revolutionary research facility, attempting to make sense of his daughter’s death. Erlendur has to battle with a complex and disturbing case whilst all the time facing his own personal demons in this complex and gripping thriller.

The screening is part of an exciting new Nordic Film festival in London, taking place from 30 November to 5 December 2012 at Riverside Studios, Ciné lumière, and the Prince Charles Cinema. The Nordic Film Festival brings together a broad mix of independent films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, celebrating the best in Nordic filmmaking past and present. Highlights include:

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED – by Oscar®-winning director Susanne Bier. Opening gala + party, 30 Nov @ Ciné lumière

FESTEN – Thomas Vinterberg’s highly acclaimed debut and first film of the avant-garde Dogme95 movement, 1 Dec @ Riverside Studio

BABETTE’S FEAST – special preview of this ‘culinary classic’ ahead of its BFI re-release, 3 Dec @ Ciné lumière

PURE – UK premiere closing gala, starring Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina), 5 Dec @ Riverside Studios + party

Full programme, ticket links and information at:

And see also: | @nordicfilmfest |

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Next Nordic Noir event: CABIN FEVER

Wednesday 22 February 2012, 6pm, Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street,
London WC1E 6DE

As any Norwegian crime aficionado knows, all those forests, mountains and cabins make a spine-chilling backdrop to the thriller tradition. For this Nordic Noir event, Visiting Professor Ellen Rees (University of Oslo) leads us into the Norwegian woods and back to the early days of crime and horror fiction. Ellen will screen the classic Norwegian thriller The Lake of the Dead (De dødes tjern, 1958, 75 mins) and explain how the forest cabin has become a classic location for crime and horror fiction and film. We’ll also hear about annual Easter crimewave in Norway. And all of this takes place over a glass or two of wine in the spookily atmospheric surroundings of the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology. Shiver.
This event is free but spaces are limited. Please book your place at this link.

Cabin Fever screening and talk will be held at the Grant Museum of Zoology

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