Scandiland: A Season of Scandinavian and Nordic Cinema

Published September 24, 2014

A pop up cinema in Haldon Forest, dark and atmospheric screenings of classic thrillers, live Swedish music and a salivating food presentation; just some of the immersive cinematic experiences created by Exeter Phoenix this November.

Scandiland Trailer from Exeter Phoenix Digital on Vimeo.

This November, Exeter Phoenix presents a season of Scandinavian and Nordic cinema. Featuring films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, audiences will journey through snowy landscapes, confront troll-infested forests, consume surreal assignments and experience moody Nordic Noir.

The season launches on 8 November with a screening of the Norwegian thriller Troll Hunter. From Exeter city centre, audiences will be taken on a bus deep into the woods of Haldon Forest.  As darkness descends they will be greeted by a Rekorderlig cider and a smorgasbord of tasty Swedish canapés before entering a bespoke cabin cinema to watch the fantasy thriller.

On 11 November, Surf Cinema presents an evening of cold-water surf films charting some of the individuals who brave the roughest of conditions to get their fix, followed by live music from Finnish folk punk band Slack Bird. The following night sees a dark and comic double bill offering a humorous and unusual insight into the Nordic countries with Of Horses and Men and In Order of Disappearance.

On 16 Nov, set amongst a taxidermy filled cinema-hut in Stoke Hill and accompanied by music from a Swedish musician and storyteller, will be a screening of Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist.  Strictly for over 18s, this event offers an extraordinarily atmospheric setting to in which to watch this seminal film.

Back at Exeter Phoenix on 17 November, a screening of the Oscar-nominated Norwegian comedy Elling is screened alongside Kitchen Stories highlighting the best visual storytelling from the country, whilst two new Nordic noir titles, Tommy and Hour of the Lynx will be presented on 22 Nov.

In a free event on November 20th we invite you to snuggle under a blanket on our terrace for an outdoor screening of a selection of Icelandic short films, complete with hot drinks and cinnamon treats from the Café Bar.

A screening of Babette’s Feast on 24 November will include a salivating presentation by food historian Dr Annie Gray who will introduce Babette’s dishes, identifying her unusual ingredients and discussing long forgotten techniques.

Finally, Exeter Central Library will host an evening of Scandinavian storytelling by performer Emily Parrish who will share stories of Loki, a god of Nordic mythology, before a Nordic film screening.