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Close Up North. We recommend the Oslo / Reykjavik 2 section

26/07/19
Festival guests: Sciamma, Haenel, Assayas, Serra, Holland, Żuławski... Céline Sciamma and Adèle Haenel: 'Films can be a refuge'

After entering the search terms "Iceland" or "Norway" into a search engine, we get mainly magic numbers: "30 Things To Know Before You Go," "10 Facts About" or "19 Attractions Worth Seeing." Meanwhile, Iceland and Norway are much more than just tourist attractions. In any case, they're certainly worth more attention than offered by "10 Facts" type articles.

During this year's New Horizon's Festival we again invite you to the  Oslo / Reykjavik section, which zooms in on the extraordinary worlds of the not-so-distant North. These are the worlds of beautiful contrasts, where cutting-edge technology ( Du) shares the stage with living legends about trolls, elves or fairies The Seer and the Unseen); where infrastructural development and modernization are carried out under the watchful eye of conscious citizens and citizens - ready to reach even for radical measures if things go a step too far (Woman at War). And finally, it is a world of two extremely different ways of interacting with other people - from very tight-knit local communities (Rams) to an entire universe of loners, who choose pure nature as their only - or multitudinous - companion (Where Man Returns).

During the festival, we invite you to see eight films - representatives of contemporary Norwegian and Icelandic cinema and a special evening at the Arsenal Festival Club - inspired by the culture of the North.

The program includes:

White, White Day directed by Hlynur Pálmason,the big hit of this year's Cannes Festival, which offers a penetrating look into the struggle with mourning and an engaging revenge film,

Rams by Grímur Hákonarson - a "woolen" story full of tenderness, in which the Icelandic director looks at the slowly dying world, isolated from the "global village,"

Du by Paul Tunge -inspired by the famous Dogma 95 manifesto, a visually sophisticated and minimalist portrait of contemporary love,

The Seen and the Unseen a moving documentary, the story of Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, known as Ragga, who can communicate with Iceland’s "native" inhabitants - trolls, ghosts and elves,

Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson - inspired by a true stroy, a suspense-filled film full of wise humor, a story about a heroine fighting for the environment,

Where Man Returns by Egil Håskjold Larsen - a portrait of 70-year-old Steinar, a loner by choice, who has lived in northern Norway for years,

Spell, directed by Brendan Walter, is an unusual combination of a thriller with melancholic slow cinema, with large scale but offering an intimate psychological drama, a tale of unrequited love with a horror movie,

Nietzchka Keene's The Juniper Tree - a feminist version of the Grimms' Fairy Tale, featuring Björk's acting debut when she was only 21 years old.

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The section was curated in cooperation with the Ministry of Investment and Development, which coordinates in Poland the use of the Norwegian and European Economic Area funds from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.


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