The Nordic Lights Film Festival is devoted to showcasing Nordic cinema. For over a decade, the festival has offered Seattleites an avenue to experience Nordic cinema in all its forms. The festival shares the richness and diversity of the Nordic cultures through the lens of film. All films are screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Festival Passes and individual tickets for the 2020 Nordic Lights Film Festival are now on sale on SIFF’s website. Members, be sure to use code NORDIC2020 at checkout.
On the festival’s opening night, February 28, at 7:00pm, the Icelandic film The County (Héraðið) will be screened!
Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all-powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms.
Cast: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
About the director: Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His first feature film was SUMMERLAND (2010), and was nominated for the Edda Award for Best Screenplay. His next feature film was RAMS, about two estranged brothers on the Icelandic countryside who come together to save their sheep. Hákonarson won several awards for RAMS among them the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes. RAMS was screened at the 2016 NLFF.