Food & Drink Jan 02, 2013

Nordic Lights Film Festival Showcases Best of Nordic Filmmaking this January


More than a dozen films from all five Nordic countries will be screened as part of the Nordic Lights Film Festival on January 18 – 20, 2013, at SIFF Film Center located at Seattle Center.   
Organized by the Nordic Heritage Museum, this is the fourth annual festival featuring feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden over three days. The event will open Friday, January 18 with a reception at SIFF beginning at 6:00 p.m., hosted by SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), followed at 7:00 p.m. by the feature film Beyond starring Noomi Rapace, of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fame, and directed by Pernilla August. 
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. 
The full line-up of films is available on the Nordic Lights Film Festival page on the SIFF website at
Admission is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum Members and SIFF Members; $10 for the general public, and $7 for the 10:00 a.m. screenings on Saturday and Sunday. Nordic Lights Film Festival passes are available for $50 for members and $55 for the general public. All ticketing will be through SIFF. 
SIFF Cinema Center is located in Seattle Center’s Northwest rooms (formerly the Alki Room), between Key Arena and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. For more information about the Nordic Lights Film Festival, visit
The Nordic Lights Film Festival receives support from the Nordic Culture Fund, Scan Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, and Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, with additional support from SWEA, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Artsfund. The festival’s media sponsor is KUOW. 
Read more about all the movies and view previews at