Nordic Film Festival, London

Returning to London for the second year, the Nordic Film Festival brings the freshest new Nordic titles to the UK. Currently running across the city of London, the special screenings run until 4 December before moving on to Edinburgh Filmhouse (6-11 December) and Glasgow Film Theatre (8 December – 2 January), with further venues to be announced. The event brings together the best of independent filmmaking from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

This year the festival covers several genres, including family and youth dramas, crime thrillers, documentaries, animation, experimental film and shorts. The key themes of youth, memories, “experiments”, and music will also be highlighted throughout the outstanding programme. A total of 15 films are being screened, presenting six UK premieres and three London premieres.

Closing in London with the premiere of You & Me Forever by Kaspar Munk, the director’s second feature details a sensitive portrayal of female teenage angst in a gritty coming-of-age story about idolisation, vulnerability, sexuality and ultimately friendship. The director, along with the three lead actresses Julie Andersen, Frederikke Dahl Hansen and Emilie Kruse, will be in attendance at Ciné Lumière on 4 December.

Audiences can also look forward to the UK premiere of documentaries My Suff (Petri Luukkainen, Finland 2013) and Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart (Mika Ronkainen, Finland/Sweden 2012), both of which will be accompanied by a Q+A. There will also be a Director’s talk from Mika Ronkainen and Petri Luukkainen together.

Nordic Film Festival until 4 December across London.

1. Concrete Night still, photo by Ville Tanttu.