Why Scandi?

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.

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Welcome to Scandi 4 – a true Nordic film lesson.

Ivan Hronec

President of the festival

Scandi 3: Joik, blood and tears

In the previous decade, it still appeared that Nordic film was not strong enough to hold its own amidst the fierce competition at prominent international festivals. Yet the past five years have seen an abrupt change: the traditionally potent film industries of Denmark and Sweden have been joined by Norway, whose creators have recently brought to bear the combination of capital, political support and national sentiment. Over the past two years, accolades at prestigious festivals have also been garnered by filmmakers from Finland and Iceland (victories in the competition sections at Cannes and San Sebastian). 

A variety of trends has been fruitfully embraced by Nordic cinema: the whole-family pleasures – family movies and comedies (worthy of mention in this respect is the specific Danish black comedy); contemporary and historical drama with a marked social overreach; genre titles, including action, horror and thriller films; as well as the Nordic Noir crime fiction. Remarkable too is the art film and the deep-rooted tradition of movies for children and the young. 

All the mentioned types and styles can be found in the three sections of Scandi 2017, whose aim it is to celebrate the sheer diversity, universality and viability of the Nordic film industries. Titles that have not yet been screened at Czech cinemas are included in the New Films and Premieres section. You will be among the first in the world to see the extraordinary debut feature Sami Blood, featuring an excellent cast. 

At the same time, we aspire to provide a thematically organised festival segment, focused on the specific traits of Nordic film. This year, the Phenomenon of Nordic Thriller section centres on various approaches to tension, thrill and fear. The theme is duly dedicated to in accompanying studies – the very first Czech profile of the renowned Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg, penned by Vít Schmarc, and an analytical text about a first-class Nordic export article, the Scandinavian noir crime drama, written by Luboš Pavlovič. 

The third section, Best of Scandi, presents our selection of the most striking and most distinct Nordic films of the past few years, which have proved their forcibility at prominent global festivals and ranked among the most successful within the previous two editions of Scandi. They definitely deserve to be shown on the large screen again.

Welcome to Scandi 2017!

Aleš Stuchlý, Vít Schmarc