Toronto International Film Festival 2014 – Scandinavian Films


Announcing the Scandinavian films of the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) SEPTEMBER 4-14TH 2014 this year, there is a good deal of variety of movies with Nordic actors, directors or producers. Below is a brief synopsis taken from the TIFF 2014 website.


Scandinavian Films


force majeure

An impulsive decision in a moment of crisis drives a wedge between a husband and wife, in this gripping moral drama from provocative director Ruben Östlund (Play) that became a word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes.


big game

Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attacked, the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman, in this thriller co-starring Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.


they have escaped

Two teenage outcasts run away from a halfway house and embark on a rambling cross-country journey, in this intense and intimate portrait of troubled youth by Finnish filmmaker J.P. Valkeapää.

Sunshine Superman (USA/NORWAY/UK)

sunshine superman

A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, “the father of BASE jumping,” whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular — and dangerous — feats of foot-launched human flight.


look of silence

Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to his extraordinary documentary The Act of Killing follows a family who, after viewing the previous film, discovered and confronted the former right-wing militiamen who murdered their son during Indonesia’s anti-communist purges of the mid-1960s.

A Second Chance (DENMARK/SWEDEN)

a second chance

A veteran police officer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) with a wife and new baby makes a fateful decision when he is brought back into contact with a pair of junkie parents, in this powerful, morally complex drama from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World).

1001 Grams (NORWAY)

1001 grams

A recently divorced, work-obsessed lab technician finds herself encountering a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in Paris, in this charmingly offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories, O’ Horten).

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (SWEDEN)

a pigeon

Swedish master Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor) returns with this absurdist, surrealistic and shocking pitch-black comedy, which moves freely from nightmare to fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as it muses on man’s perpetual inhumanity to man.


miss julie

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton star in this stunning adaptation of the classic August Strindberg play directed by legendary actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann.

Gentleman (SWEDEN)

In this deliciously pulpy, Pynchon-like counter-history of postwar Sweden, a would-be novelist discovers the story of a lifetime when his host — a bon vivant and possible spy with friends in the highest of places — reveals the existence of a decades-spanning conspiracy by Europe’s ultra-wealthy elite, who are secretly remodelling the continent to serve their own sinister needs.

German Shepherd (SWEDEN)

As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David Paul’s vision of Germany (and Germans) was shaped by the stories of his Holocaust-survivor mother; later in life, he reflects on whether it is possible to overcome this history. Simple in aesthetics yet potent in philosophical introspection, this animated documentary poses difficult questions about the human capacity to forgive unimaginably evil acts.


Leading Danish filmmaker Ole Christian Madsen (Flame & Citron) directs this epic, continent-crossing countercultural romance based on events that led to the founding of the short-lived but massively influential Danish rock group Steppeulvene.


A hit at the domestic box office, Icelandic director Baldvin Zophoníasson’s intriguing, multiple-narrative drama follows three people — a struggling single mother, a former athlete trying to scale the corporate ladder, and a once-acclaimed author turned full-time drunk — whose lives intersect in surprising ways.

The Shove (SWEDEN)

It’s an eye for an eye in this absurdist comedy in which Tobias, a bouncer at a local bar, is caught shoving a drunk and disorderly patron and is sentenced to a retributive shove in return, at an unspecified date and time. Paranoia steadily sets in as Tobias awaits his punishment, fearful expectation haunting his every moment.

Growing Pains (DENMARK)

Fabian’s awkward adolescence is made all the worse by his domineering mother, a no-nonsense veterinarian who castrates male dogs as soon as possible to “calm their urges” — and when fun-loving Felicia visits the clinic, Fabian gets his first peek at what those “urges” might be like. A twisted coming-of-age tale about being your true self.


In the dazzlingly ambitious new film from Argentinian auteur Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool), a 19th-century Danish general (Viggo Mortensen) undertakes a gruelling physical and metaphysical journey when he pursues his runaway daughter into the rugged wilderness of Patagonia.


A foreign woman in a burqa brings her young son to a Copenhagen police station to file a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator assigned to her seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words. A tense, diamond-hard film about cultural isolation and bureaucratic ignorance.


In a single, black-and-white 360-degree shot that traverses seven boats surrounding a man lost at sea, director Hlynur Pálmason crafts a simple yet potent statement about mankind’s struggle to survive.

The Grump (FINLAND)

A stubbornly traditional eighty-year-old farmer — whose social attitudes verge on the prehistoric — raises hell when he is forced to move in with his sadsack, city-dwelling son and domineering daughter-in-law, in this hilarious social satire based on the wildly popular novel by Finnish author Tuomas Kyrö.

Playing with Balls (ICELAND)

As tempers (and temperatures) rise between a couple on the tennis court, a group of older lesbians become intrigued with the goings-on, and one of them is inspired to take the opportunity to act on her desires and escape her daily routine — but the result may not be the blissful encounter she anticipated.

Me and My Moulton (CANADA/NORWAY)>

A seven-year-old girl longs for a bicycle so that she can be more like the other kids in her Norwegian town, but her embarrassingly unconventional, modernist architect parents see things differently. Academy Award-winning animator Torill Kove weaves memory and fantasy together in this droll and charming look at the pain of childhood alienation.

Meet Me in Montenegro (USA/GERMANY/NORWAY)

His life and career at a crossroads, an independent filmmaker is reinvigorated when he accidentally runs into an old flame while in Berlin — but things are not so simple as that first blush of renewed love would lead the couple to believe.


In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, a middle-aged Port-au-Prince couple come face to face with the stark contradictions of Haitian society when they are forced to rent out their villa to a foreign aid worker and his enterprising local girlfriend.

Out of Nature (NORWAY)

A put-upon salary man seeks spiritual renewal in the Great Outdoors, in this sharp comic drama from Norwegian director Ole Giæver.

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One Comment on “Toronto International Film Festival 2014 – Scandinavian Films”

  1. August 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on the swede life in toronto and commented:

    More fantastic Nordic films added to TIFF 2014!!!

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