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  • Nordic Women in Film 2021

    When: Tuesday, February 2–Thursday, March 4
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Film
    (Clockwise from top center) Film stills from <i>And Breathe Normally</i>, <i>Hope</i>, <i>Queen of Hearts</i>, <i>Lucky One</i>, and <i>Tove</i>.

    (Clockwise from top center) Film stills from And Breathe Normally, Hope, Queen of Hearts, Lucky One, and Tove.

    Nordic Women in Film is a five-week series of free digital film screenings and conversations, where bold, creative, and distinctive female voices are examined, amplified, and celebrated.

    During five weeks between February 2 and March 3, you can watch five films from across the Nordic countries, meet their directors, and participate infive conversations with Nordic and American filmmakers. Themes range from inconvenient women to borderless filmmaking, from women who define their own reality to those making our blood boil.

    Week 1: Boundless Art, Boundless Success

    Film: Tove (Zaida Bergroth, Finland, 2020) 
    Dates: February 2–3 (available for 24 hours in the United States)

    In the midst of her artistic struggles and unconventional personal life, Tove Jansson found worldwide success in an unexpected side project: the creation of the beloved world of the Moomins. Tove is a captivating drama about the creative energy of an iconic talent and her turbulent search for identity, desire, and freedom.

    Register for the screening.

    Week 2: Inconvenient & Outrageous Women

    Film: Queen of Hearts (May el-Toukhy, Denmark, 2019)
    Dates: February 9–11 (available for 48 hours in the United States and Canada)

    A woman jeopardizes both her career and her family when she seduces her teenage stepson and is forced to make an irreversible decision with fatal consequences.

    Register for the screening.

    Week 3: Personal Stories & Big Budgets

    Film: Hope (Maria Sødahl, Norway, 2019)
    Dates: February 16–18 (available for 48 hours in the United States and Canada)

    What happens with love when a woman in the middle of her life gets three months left to live? 

    Register for the screening.

    Week 4: The Gaze

    Film: Lucky One (Mia Engberg, Sweden, 2019)
    Dates: February 23–25 (available for 48 hours in the United States and Canada)

    Ageing gangster Vincent works long nights and dreams of another life. When he is unexpectedly given responsibility for his teenage daughter Grace, his life starts to change.

    Register for the screening.

    Week 5: Borders & Boundaries

    Film: And Breathe Normally (Ísold Uggadóttir, Iceland, 2018)
    Dates: March 2–4 (available for 48 hours in the United States and Canada)

    Two women’s lives will intersect while trapped in unforeseen circumstances. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

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    Each week’s screening is accompanied by an afternoon Q&A with the directors and a “coffee conversation” with Nordic and American filmmakers, which are free to attend and available internationally. See the full schedule.


    Nordic Women in Film is presented by the five Nordic Embassies in the United States (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden), Women in Film and Television International, and Women in Film & Video Washington, DC. The Folklife Festival is a programmatic and promotional partner.

    Embassy of Denmark Washington D.C. logo
    Embassy of Finland Washington D.C. logo
    Embassy of Iceland Washington DC logo
    Norwegian Embassy logo
    Embassy of Sweden Washington logo
    Women in Film & Television International logo
    Women in Film & Video Washington, DC logo

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