Why Scandi?

This year Scandi will above all present new pictures. Having chosen this fresh approach, we aim to differ from similarly focused Nordic film festivals. New movies, new creators, yet also, traditionally, a large distribution cloud. Scandi will again be taking place at the best Slovak and Czech cinemas, on VOD platforms, within the Festival 12 DVD edition, as well as on premium television channels – this year, besides the Film Europe Channel, for the first time on the Festival Cinema Channel. Every year, the turbo-charged Nordic film engine generates bold genre titles, top-notch cinema films, remarkable quality TV series, but also extraordinary festival artefacts. I cannot but repeat that the Nordic context can serve as the best possible example for the Slovak and Czech cinematic culture.

Welcome to Scandi 3.

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