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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: www.day-for-night.org/nordic-film-festival

And see also: facebook.com/NordicFilmFestival | @nordicfilmfest | pinterest.com/nordicfilmfest


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Nordic crime readers’ choice: what’s your favourite? (14 June)

The Nordic Noir Book Club is delighted to announce the next event in the series, which will take place on 14 June, 6pm – 8pm, at the Horse Hospital (Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD). Please register here: http://tinyurl.com/6g7wdn5, the cost is £5.

This event hopes to offer inspiration for your favourite Nordic crime novels to read over the summer.  Nordic Noir members, bloggers and new readers are all welcome to join us for some wine and snacks during an evening of sharing, discussion, crime quizzes, and much more. Please bring along your favourite Nordic crime novel, and think about how you want to persuade others to read it! We look forward to seeing you on 14 June! Send inquiries to nordic-noir@ucl.ac.uk.

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Podcasts from Previous Events

I have now posted podcasts from the first meetings in the Nordic Noir Book Club on the website and this blog (see the pages “Shadows in the Snow” and “Secrets of the Ash” at the top of the blog page). We have recorded the talks and following discussions with Håkan Nesser, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Francis Hopkinson and Richard Wall, and hope many more than the fortunate book club members who could make it to London will now be able to enjoy the wonderful talks we have had so far. Please leave comments on the events and podcast on the relevant pages.


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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in the next Nordic Noir Book Club

Keep an eye on this blog as our next event in the Nordic Noir Book Club takes shape. We have just confirmed that internationally acclaimed Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, will be joining the Nordic Noir Book Club in London on March 17. She will bring Icelandic “ashes and dust” to London, though, fortunately, only in the pages of her latest crime novel in translation: Ashes to Dust, trans. Philip Roughton. Hodder & Stoughton, 2010.

Learn more about the author from this site

Read a review of Ashes to Dust in The Independent (Aug. 2010)

Read our friend Maxine’s review on the Petrona blog (Sept. 2010)

More information will follow in our Newsletter, on Facebook and on this blog. In the meantime, read Ashes to Dust and the other crime novels byYrsa Sigurðardóttir, and reserve the evening of March 17 for what will surely be another fun, informative and social event. The primary organiser of this event is Teaching Fellow in Icelandic, Dr Reynir Þór Eggertsson, who will be assisted by the rest of the Nordic Noir team of staff and students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL.


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