Whatever is done and whatever is said this year in relation to film in the Nordic countries, one theme should always be taken into account, a theme of the utmost signi cance for the Swedish, Nordic, as well as global, cinema.
On 17 July 2018, Ingmar Bergman would have been 100 years old.
Scandi is the very first film event to commemorate the anniversary. We have announced the Bergman 100 project. The Czech and Slovak Republics are fortunate indeed to have a distributor possessing an almost complete Bergman film library. And having such a library makes it possible to compile good programmes. Following Scandi, we will continue to screen Bergman’s pieces at the Art Film Fest in Košice, and collaborate in this respect with schools and lm institutions. Lesser-known Bergman movies will be available on the high-quality Festival Cinema Channel, while the better-known features will be presented on Czech Television and Radio and Television of Slovakia channels. Our Bergman 100 project will culminate within Be2Can 5 in October, which will concentrate on the artist himself and his relationship to major film festivals.
Our immodest ambition is to make Bergman 100 an exemplary national and international event, the fruit of collaboration between several organisations, under the auspices of the Swedish Embassy. Collaboration between private, public and state institutions from below, with the logistic support from above – not vice versa.
Just like in the previous years, Scandi will, of course, be screening new lms from the Nordic countries. The festival will open with the Finnish director Zaida Bergroth’s Miami, a feature blending the genres of crime thriller and tragicomedy, treating a compelling subject, with excellent lead female actors’ performances. The Nordic noir genre will be represented by the film Darkland, by the Danish director Fenar Ahmad (born in Brno!). The Scandi programme also includes the comedy dramas A Horrible Woman and Word of God, as well as a portrait of the top-notch Danish director Susanne Bier. Yet the towering gure of Bergman gives the whole festival a natural frame. As has often been said in connection with his feature Persona, there is no more up-to-date and more contemporary lmmaker than Ingmar Bergman. We are also continuing with the project we started a year ago in collaboration with the Art Film Fest organisers, so the Košice audience can look forward to the Art Film Fest presents… Scandi.
As in the case of the past few years, you will be able to see all the lms in the best Slovak cinemas, on good VOD platforms, on the high-quality Festival Cinema Channel and Film Europe Channel, and, for the rst time, on Czech Television and Radio and Television of Slovakia channels.
Welcome to Scandi 4 – a true Nordic film lesson.
President of the festival