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Nordic film festival to debut in Seattle next month

Posted by Meghan Walker on December 27th, 2012

Next month, the Nordic Lights Film Festival will open in Seattle, showcasing more than a dozen films from Nordic countries. The festival, organized by the Nordic Heritage Museum, will include feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It will be from Jan. 18-20 at the Seattle Center, kicking off with a reception at SIFF at 6 p.m., followed by the feature film “Beyond,” directed by Pernilla August and starring Noomi Rapace of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

From the Nordic Heritage Museum:

Both Saturday and Sunday begin the day at 10:00 a.m. with the family-friendly animated feature Moomin and Midsummer Madness. Saturday continues with the Norwegian documentary Liv and Ingmar, which uses behind-the-scenes footage, still photos, and letters to tell the story of actress Liv Ullman’s and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 42-year relationship.

More Saturday highlights include the drama Volcano (Iceland) and the documentary Grandma Lo-Fi Basement Tapes about 70-something Sigrídur Níelsdóttir who creates eclectic and eccentric music in her own home in Iceland. The war-time drama Silence from Finland will play Saturday night followed by a line-up of short films from all over Norden.

A variety of movies continues on Sunday with The Finland Phenomenon, a documentary about Finland’s unique education system, coming-of-age comedy Turn Me On Dammit! from Norway, and Teddy Bear from Denmark, which won the directing award in the World Cinema – Dramatic category at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The weekend concludes with back-to-back documentaries, the first, Women with Cows, tells the story of two sisters, 77 and 75, who somehow manage to run a dairy farm in rural Sweden, and the second, Hello My Name is Lesbian, reveals the many facets of contemporary lesbian culture in Denmark.

Admission to the festival is $8 for Nordic Hertiage Museum members and SIFF members, and $10 for the general public. The 10 a.m. screenings on Saturday and Sunday are $7. Passes for the full weekend are $50 for members and $55 for the general public. Click here for the full line-up.

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