Scandinavian Film Festival 2019
The Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2019 will be screening the critically acclaimed Finnish films Aurora, One Last Deal and The Violin Player at Palace Electric cinemas in cities across Australia.
9.7. – 7.8.2019
Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart and Byron Bay
Aurora - Australian Premiere
Worlds collide amidst unlikely circumstances when the commitmentphobic party girl Aurora (Jussi award-winner Mimosa Willamo) meets Iranian man Darian one cold night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. As they become acquainted, each divulges their life problems: Darian is a refugee seeking asylum for him and his daughter, while the outspoken Aurora’s financial struggles seem unsurmountable as she faces eviction from her apartment in the Arctic ghetto. The two of them agree to help each other in unconventional but vital ways that will shape their respective futures. But what is initially intended as a business transaction gives rise to something more in this wicked romantic comedy that is equally tender.
A fresh and daring new voice, director Miia Tervo has emerged as one of Finland’s most promising young talents. Aurora, which opened the Göteborg Film Festival earlier this year, is testament to this as it boldly defies the conservative portrayal of females in Finnish films by depicting young women’s substance abuse, while also addressing pertinent social and political issues.
One Last Deal - Australian Premiere
Golden Globe nominee Klaus Härö’s (The Fencer, 2015) bittersweet and moving drama follows an aging art dealer as he is presented with one final opportunity to fix his broken life and reconnect with his estranged daughter and grandson.
Jussi award-winner Heikki Nousiainen (Letters to Father Jacob, 2009) plays Olavi, a workaholic whose obstinately old school ways have left him behind by the corporatisation of the art industry. When his expertise and instincts lead him to identify what may be an obscure icon from a major Russian painter, he seizes the opportunity to prove his theory and relevance. Initially reluctant to involve his estranged family, the youthful energy and technological savvy of his grandson Otto proves useful to Olavi’s dogged detective work, opening up the possibility of repairing once-lost family ties.
Delivering unexpected laughs with equal measures of melodrama, One Last Deal is a stunningly shot story of redemption later in life which offers an engrossing perspective on the changing landscape of the art world.
The Last Violin Player - Australian Premiere
Award-winning Finnish playwright Paavo Westerberg made his directorial debut in the Nordic Competition at the Göteborg Film Festival with this glossy character study of a famous violinist and her young student.
Matleena Kuusniemi makes a stunning transition from television to the big screen in the role of Karin, an internationally acclaimed concert violinist whose life is entirely consumed by her passion. When an accident renders her unable to play, she is flung into a crisis that neither her husband nor son can remedy. Left with no other option, she reluctantly takes a job teaching violin at a top Finnish music academy where she quickly falls for her gifted student Antti (Olavi Uusivirta). The more she is consumed by the relationship, the greater the risks she takes to spend time with Antti, as she pushes her family further away.
Kuusniemi is exceptional as a woman driven by desperation, relegated to the role of a housewife she has no intention of being. The familiar and appealing musical score throughout wonderfully compliment this intriguing romantic drama about dreams and letting your ambitions lead you.