Yeah, those guys up north! Not content with breathtaking landscapes, cheap
self-assembly furniture (with somehow always one piece left unused), and
a social model that is the envy of all of Europe, the Nordic countries also
have a prestigious cinematographic pedigree. Impossible not to mention Ingmar Bergman – whose THE VIRGIN SPRING inspired Wes
Craven’s THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT – and Aki Kaurismäki
among the cinematic heavyweights. The long winters in northern Europe are of course ideal to cuddle under a blanket, resulting (9 months
and a few years later) in several generations of talented directors.
We can cite Lasse Hallström, Lars von Trier, Ole Bornedal, Nicolas
Winding Refn, Anders Thomas Jensen, Roy Andersson, Thomas Vinterberg, Timo Vuorensola, Andre Øvredal, Tomas Alfredson, and Baltasar Kormákur. The list is long, too long really! So instead of proposing
a 56 page who’s who in font size 4, we prefer presenting a diabolically alluring Nordic focus, a filmic trip along the most popular genres of the BIFFF!