Scandinavian Film Festival 2021

The Scandinavian Film Festival returns exclusively to Palace Cinemas this July with a specially curated programme of films and events, showcasing the best in new Nordic cinema.

The Festival will open with WILDLAND (Kød & Blod). Set in Denmark’s underbelly, Jeanette Nordahl’s striking Scandi-noir follows an impressionable teenage girl who is placed in the care of her estranged aunt, (an incredible Sidse Babett Knudsen), the head of a family crime syndicate.

From Finland comes the GAMES PEOPLE PLAY (Seurapeli). A group of old friends gather at an idyllic Finnish seaside villa to celebrate a surprise birthday, where old feelings and power struggles rise to the surface, starring Laura Birn and Christian Hillborg.

At the Centrepiece of the Festival is THE COUNTY (Héraðið), Grímur Hákonarson’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to the global hit Rams. THE COUNTY is a rousing, David-and-Goliath comedy about a dairy farmer’s wife (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) who takes on the corrupt local co-op in her remote Icelandic valley.

Rising Norwegian star Josefine Frida Pettersen (Skam) shines in Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s provocative new drama DISCO about a young evangelical dance champion whose faith is tested, prompting her to search for radical solutions.

This year’s Special Presentation of TIGERS (Tigrar). Crowned Best Nordic Film at the 2021 Göteborg Film Festival, Tigers is the enthralling true story of Martin Bengtsson, a former Inter Milan player, who lifted the lid on a world where everyone has a price tag.

Festival Director Elysia Zeccola said: “We emerge from hibernation with a stunning selection of the best Nordic cinema, including award-winning films direct from the 2021 Göteborg Film Festival featuring the brightest stars from the region.”

Scandinavian Film Festival closing night cocktail (AUG 4) PG
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its release and remembering Swedish acting legend Max von Sydow, we’re closing our festival with The Emigrants. Join us before the film for Scandi cocktails, mocktails and Carlsberg beer.
SCA21 Diana's Wedding MA15 From: Jul 13, 2021
Diana's Wedding | A bittersweet tribute to love, Diana’s Wedding tells the story of Liv and Terje and the unconventional, stormy marriage they embark on the very same day
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SCA21 Games People Play E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Games People Play | A group of old friends gather at an idyllic Finnish seaside villa to celebrate a surprise birthday, where old feelings and power struggles rise to the
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SCA21 Grandma Hofi E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Grandma Hofi | In this Icelandic box office hit comedy, a pair of senior citizens, fed up with the conditions in their retirement home, decide to rob banks so they can af
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SCA21 Disco E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Disco | Rising Norwegian star Josefine Frida shines in Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s provocative new drama about a young evangelical dance champion whose faith is tested, p
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SCA21 The Last Fishing Trip E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
The Last Fishing Trip | In Iceland's #1 box office hit comedy of 2020, it's The Hangover meets Sideways as six friends depart on their annual fishing trip leaving their w
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SCA21 The Garden E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
The Garden | Based on his eponymous play, Ragnar Bragason’s The Garden stars acclaimed actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir alongside Trapped star Sigrún Edda Björnsdóttir i
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SCA21 Tigers M From: Jul 13, 2021
Tigers | Crowned Best Nordic Film at the Göteborg Film Festival 2021, Tigers is the enthralling true story of Martin Bengtsson, a former Inter Milan player, who lifted th
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SCA21 The Emigrants PG From: Jul 13, 2021
The Emigrants | Celebrating its 50th anniversary and featuring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, The Emigrants follows a struggling farming family in mid-19th Century Sweden
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SCA21 Helene E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Helene | A biopic set in the early 20th Century about the life of Finland’s most acclaimed painter Helene Schjerfbeck, portrayed by the exceptional Laura Birn.
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SCA21 The Exception E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
The Exception | Sidse Babett Knudsen and Danica Curcic star in this electrifying Copenhagen-set psychological thriller in which four women working at an NGO start suspect
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SCA21 Tove E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Tove | This fascinating biopic depicts the life and personal relationships of Finnish visual artist and author Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins.
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SCA21 A Piece of My Heart E15+ From: Jul 13, 2021
A Piece of My Heart | Based on music by legendary Swedish artist Tomas Ledin (ABBA), this musical comedy follows successful businesswoman Isabella’s (Malin Akerman)...
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SCA21 Agnes Joy E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Agnes Joy | Iceland’s #1 box office hit and Iceland’s entry into the 2021 Academy Awards, Agnes Joy is a tale of intergenerational struggle in a picturesque setting.
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SCA21 Wildland MA15 From: Jul 13, 2021
Wildland | Set in Denmark’s underbelly, Jeanette Nordahl’s striking Scandi-noir follows an impressionable teenage girl who is placed in the care of her estranged aunt (an
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SCA21 Hope E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Hope | Norway’s submission to the 2021 Academy Awards, Hope is a stunningly acted relationship drama starring Andrea Bræin Hovig and Stellan Skarsgård in a personal work
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SCA21 Persona Non Grata E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Persona Non Grata | A black comedy about uncomfortable family relations, Persona Non Grata follows a cosmopolitan Copenhagen writer who returns to her rural hometown for
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SCA21 The County M From: Jul 13, 2021
The County | Grímur Hákonarson’s eagerly-anticipated follow up to the global hit Rams is a rousing, David-and-Goliath comedy about a dairy farmer’s wife who takes on the
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SCA21 Call Mum! E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Call Mum! | Niki has just turned 35 and is suddenly forced to come to grips with all her relationships and past choices in life in this charming comedy about mother-daugh
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SCA21 Psychosis In Stockholm E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Psychosis In Stockholm | The deeply moving 2020 Göteborg Film Festival’s Opening film is a surreal drama about a mother and daughter who embark on a trip to Stockholm, ye
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SCA21 Any Day Now E15+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Any Day Now | A celebration of the quietly humane, an Iranian family in Finland await a decision about whether they will be granted an official asylum status in Hamy Rame
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SCA21 Beware of Children E18+ From: Jul 13, 2021
Beware of Children | This multi award-winning and critically acclaimed drama traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle-class suburb of Oslo, examining s
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