By José Alberto Hermosillo
The Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles 2023 is back for in-person screenings on the weekends of Jan 14-15 & 21-22, 2023, at the Writers Guild of America Theater, 135 W. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90211. Tickets are for sale at the box office.
The extraordinary selection of Nordic films includes Oscar entries from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden in the Best International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards.
Set in Iran, “Holy Spider” chronicles the journey of a religious serial killer named “Spider Killer,” who murdered 16 prostitutes in Iran between 2000-2001, and the brave female Iranian journalist who discovered the truth. The Diminish production directed by Ali Abbasi (“Border”) is an international success.
Norway’s participation in WWII is exhibited in “War Sailor,” where two best friends joined the armed forces to bring supplies to G.B. and get cough in the middle. At the war’s end, the government did not treat the veterans with honor, respect, monetary retribution, or financial aid.
The celebrated film “Cairo Conspiracy,” also known as “Boy From Heaven,” Made in Egypt, produced by Sweden, France, and Finland, and directed by Tarik Saleh, talks about Adam, a young son of a fisherman with a scholarship to go to study Muslim in Cairo when a classmate takes him for a night out in the city. The film won best screenplay at Cannes 2022.
A Finnish coming-of-age film directed by Alli Haapasalo. The Audience Award winner in the International competition at Sundance 2022 talks about three best friends getting along during the darkness of the winter in Finland, trying to make sense of their lives and loves under those weather conditions.
“The Wait” presents a love triangle between a pastor, his wife, and his friend on a remote Finnish island. The film is adapted from Juhani Aho’s novel The Pastor’s Wife. The music is composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the former Los Angeles Philharmonic music director.
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