Last year’s edition of the Nordic International Film Festival hosted a screening of Ari Aster’s film Environment, proudly displaying its status as a horror piece produced in Scandinavia.
This year, the festival dives to the dark side with Installer. Noah Dixon and Ori Segev’s feature debut is a contemporary thriller that follows a budding musician’s bizarre obsession with an indie pop star, set in the real life of the Columbus music scene, in the Ohio.
With its arctic tundras, icy fjords and pitch black winters, Nordic films have an instantly recognizable and frightening tone and palette. Nordic cinema fans can celebrate the return of the Nordic International Film Fest, which begins tomorrow.
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With 27 titles, 18 films will be presented in preview during the five days of the festival, from August 25 to 29. Screenings include full access to Fotografiska New York and all exhibition floors. (See the full lineup for features and shorts here.
Now in its seventh year, NIFF continues to closely monitor equality and produces a comprehensive report on the women in positions of power behind all of its titles. NIFF is proud that the films in the official selection feature 130% more female directors than the 250 highest grossing films of 2020, (The source) and a perfect 50-50 balance between male and female writers has been achieved.
True to its tone, the NIFF Official Selection is a bold and evocative mix of films from around the world. From Japan to Greenland, 20 nations will be represented, in an exciting range of stories, documentaries and a few mock documentaries. All films are screened in competition and compete for prizes from Coverage Ink and Hocus Focus to name a few. As the international travel ban prohibits the international artist from attending, the NIFF will feature personal messages from most of the filmmakers.
Some of this year’s exciting titles include the opening night movie Persona non grata, directed by Lisa Jespersen and having its New York premiere at NIFF, and Gabi, between 8 and 13 years old, a feature-length documentary directed by Engeli Broberg which will have its North American premiere on Thursday August 26 at 8:45 p.m. The closing film of the festival is the American thriller Installer [featured image], directed by Noah Dixon and Ori Segev.
The festival will end on August 29 with an awards ceremony hosted by hip-hop star Rebstar, followed by an after-party with DJ Synchro. VI Aquavit will serve specialty cocktails, designed for a Nordic palette. Actors Jacob A Ware and Christiane Seidel are two of the award presenters attending the event. Mr Ware is also a permanent member of the NIFF jury, which for 2021 also included Nordic profiles such as Alexandra Therese Keining (director) and Pål Ulvik Rokseth (director of photography).
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Hosting the festival at Fotografiska New York also offers the public the opportunity to enjoy exhibitions by artists such as Miles Aldridge, Adrienne Raquel and Hassan Hassaj. Fotografiska New York is not afraid of provocative content, which makes it a great match for the NIFF Official Selection.
The presenting partner of the festival is Volvo Cars, which with its commitment to a greener automotive industry aligns with NIFF’s goal of being a climate-conscious festival. For the third year in a row, NIFF carbon compensates thanks to Cool Effect, keeps its vegetable promise and focuses on the objective of producing zero non-recyclable waste.
“I really wanted to attend screenings with the audience and share our incredible films with them in real time,” says Founder and Creative Director Linnea Larsdotter. “Last year’s drive-through was an experience, but it’s here in the theater that you can feel how films affect their audiences.
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