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Peculiar humour and serious issues – Nordic Film Week in Ida-Viru County

08.10.2015  12:25
Nordic Film week on 8-16 October 2015 brings a varied selection of films to audiences in Ida-Viru County.

Unique atmosphere, down-to-earth realism and peculiar humour are the features that are common to the Nordic films. Nordic film production is but a fraction of that of Hollywood or other film factories, but it is clearly distinguishable.
Nordic Film Week in Ida-Viru County in October will offer a glance into each of the Nordic countries. A good overview of different films will be presented ranging from historic dramas to comedies. In addition, there will be a film programme for children.

The week will end with a conference on how films can contribute to the development of a region. A county can support local film producers, but on the other hand, films can also strengthen an image of a county, creating thus the best possible synergy. The conference takes place in Jõhvi Concert Hall on October 16, 2015.

Nordic Film Week will be launched with the film “Kon-Tiki” (2012), which takes the audience to the adventures of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. The film was among the five nominees for the Oscar as the Best Foreign Film in 2013. “The Fencer” (“Vehkleja”, 2015), also in the programme of the current film week, is the Finnish nominee for the Best Foreign Film Oscars this year.

The films will be presented in several towns in Ida-Viru County: in the TU Narva College and Narva Children’s Creativity House, TTU Virumaa College and the Museum of Oil Shale in Kohtla-Järve, Jõhvi Concert Hall and Sillamäe Cultural Centre. The aim of the film week is to screen the Nordic films in places where they are seldom shown otherwise.
The Nordic Film Week is a follow-up of the 2013 Nordic Look expert seminar on film production. The seminar’s study tour to Ida-Viru County will now be continued with the film conference in Jõhvi and the Nordic Film Week. The film week will also remind that this region has a strong historic connection to the Nordic counties.

Nordic film production is very varied and the film week selection offers mainly the films from the recent years. This event will give an opportunity to have a fresh look at the Nordic countries.

Nordic Film Week is organised in cooperation by the Nordic embassies, Ida-Viru County Government and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia.

See more from Nordic Film Week's website and Facebook page.