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Nordic Film Autumn festival comes to Prague’s Lucerna and Evald cinemas

The festival of Scandinavian and Baltic cinema is in its 10th year

The Nordic Film Autumn festival, in its 10th edition, will take place November 14–20 in Prague at the Lucerna and Evald cinemas. It will also be in 21 other Czech cities and towns.

The festival will screen 24 films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Lithuania. Half of them will be presented in the Czech Republic for the first time.

The November 14 opening in Prague’s Lucerna cinema will feature the Czech premiere of the Lithuanian chamber drama Sasha Was Here (Čia buvo Saša), about a couple who wants to adopt a perfect girl but are offered a 12-year-old troubled boy instead. The film will be presented by actress Gabija Siurbytė and director Ernestas Jankauskas.

Danish director Frederikke Aspöck will present the absurd comedy Out of Tune (De frivillige), which was at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Another Danish offering is the drama Neon Heart (Usynligt hjerte), about sexual activity among disabled people. Victoria Carmen Sonne is in the lead role.

Other films from Denmark include the drama Experiment (Eksperimentet), about a project to try to integrate Inuit children from Greenland into Danish society,

Producer Alexander Brøndsted and the director Antonio Tublén return to Prague after five years to present Zoo (Death Do Us Part), a Swedish drama-comedy with horror elements. A zombie apocalypse forces a troubled, young couple to try to save their marriage.

Lithuania offers the road movie Summer Survivors (Išgyventi vasarą), with two patients and a young psychologist heading to a distant psychiatric hospital. The historical drama Emilia (Emilija) finds a talented actress struggling with her own issues while Lithuania was oppressed by the Soviets in the 1970s.

Iceland has one film, the drama Let Me Fall (Lof mér að falla) was inspired by real stories and interviews with drug addicts. The film was screened a the Toronto International Film Festival. The Swedish drama Garden Lane (Trädgårdsgatan) also deals with addiction.

The Norwegian film Framing Mom (Rosemari) has a bride finding a baby in a hotel toilet, The baby returns as a teenager looking for answers.

Arctic films will also be shown. A Norwegian director of Sami origin, Nils Gaup directed Pathfinder (Veiviseren) based on an ancient legend of revenge and survival. The 1987 film will be released in a remastered version. There will also be the 2007 drama The Kautokeino Rebellion (Kautokeino-opprøret), based on the true story of riots in Kautokeino, Norway in 1852 in response to the Norwegian exploitation of the Sami community.

There is also a section of documentaries. Tongue Cutters (Tungeskjærerne) takes a look at Norway’s cod fishing industry, where cutting out fish tongues has always been a job reserved for small children. It was shown at the Children and Youth International Film Festival in Zlín.

The humorous Danish documentary Expedition to the End of the World (Ekspedition til verdens ende) offers breathtaking shots of fjords in northeastern Greenland as artists and scientists sail a schooner. Snow Cave Man (Snøhulemannen) shows someone who has been happily living in the Norwegian mountains for 30 years. The Prize of the Pole, also from Norway, traces the steps of explorer Robert Edwin Peary and an Inuit boy named Minik.

The festival organizers has long been trying to accommodate hearing-impaired audience. All films have color-coded subtitles in Czech. When screening in Prague, Brno and Ostrava the films will also feature English subtitles.

For more information visit the festival website or Facebook event.

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