Nordic Flavours of the Month: September

Another busy month with the arrival of yet more fantastic content to watch, listen to, and read! So here is our September monthly round-up of what we have enjoyed on our Nordic Watchlist!

FILM

NINJABABY
(on Curzon Home Cinema)

The year is not finished and there are still some incredible movies yet to come over from the Nordic region, but as it stands, Yngvld Sve Flikke’s Ninjababy is definitely going to be a strong contender for our film of the year.

This was such a fresh and funny experience that we have not come across in a while. This comedy-drama, mixed in with some animation, is a coming-of-age story of a young woman who finds herself accidentally pregnant and not wanting the baby. Not that original as a storyline – but the feminist angle, animated inclusions, and raw, frank approach to some of the key issues around pregnancy and parenthood today were both hilariously funny but also painfully emotional.

The film should be seen just for its lead star Kristine Kuath Thorp’s performance in it alone, she is a phenomenal talent, but there’s also a brilliant supporting case around her. And the soundtrack is pretty excellent too.

Ninjababy isn’t just our film of the month, as it stands it is one of our films of the year! Catch it now on Curzon Home Cinema!

SHORTA
(In selected cinemas and on VOD)

We have talked about this movie a lot, and earlier in the month we released a fantastic interview with the film’s young breakout star Tarek Zayat. The UK has finally had the opportunity to see this which we are delighted about and if you haven’t caught it yet then you need to make sure this one is on your watchlist.


TV SHOWS

Well there has been a whole host of TV Shows released this month and as it stands we are still working our way through them. The Chestnut Man finally starting on Netflix yesterday, The Inner Circle started last week, and before then When The Dust Settles (which we are close to finishing now).

So we are really really spoilt to be honest, but our series recommendations for the month of September are both from the BBC this time round with their fantastic delivery of The Hunt For A Killer (Swedish) and The North Water.

The Hunt For A Killer
(BBC iPlayer)

You might have caught our interview with Lotten Roos earlier in the month – she stars in the excellent true crime series The Hunt For a Killer and we strongly recommend this one.

It might have just been us but we had strong David Fincher vibes from this – in particular, Zodiac and his most recent work on Mindhunter. Both pieces of work are based on true cases and so too is this series which focuses on some horrific murders in southern Sweden. It is the early 80s and no DNA or technology is going to solve this one – it is the old school way which involves a lot of paperwork, telephone calls, and chain-smoking!

The cast is absolutely fantastic and totally draw you into this terrifying and frustrating story of how they hunted for a serial killer over an enormous length of time against all the odds.

Fans of Denmark’s The Investigation, which aired on BBC earlier this year, will find this just as captivating despite the way the case moves as at a glacial pace – you will be hooked!

Can these detectives crack a decade long case? (Photographer: Carolina Romare)

The North Water
(on BBC iPlayer)

“But it is not Nordic!” I hear you cry. However, there are some links here to the Nordic region which can not be overlooked – starting with the scenery. Andrew Haigh’s The North Water is predominantly filmed in Svalbard, Norway, a stunning remote island 1500km from the North Pole which we have covered before when we spoke to a pair of dancers who filmed over there (read that article HERE).

The scenery in the series is jaw-dropping but so too are its performances, with the likes of Jack O’Connell, Stephen Graham, Sam Spruell, and an absolutely menacing performance from Colin Farrell, as well as one of our favourites, Danish actor Roland Moller making an appearance.

This certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted as all sorts of gritty violence happen here, between humans as well as with animals (they are seal and whale hunters after all). If you can swallow the graphicness of it all then you will be in for one rollercoaster ride of a show.

The North Water is available now on BBC iPlayer (Photographer: Katalin Vermes)

BOOKS


On Time and Water
(Available on Amazon and in bookstores)

Claire has been reading On Time And Water by Andri Snær Magnason, who is a filmmaker, environmental activist, and one of Iceland’s best known writers.

In this book he examines the subject of climate change, using science and history – but importantly through real-life stories and anecdotes that give it real meaning, connection, and impact.

Andri explores stories about his own upbringing in Iceland and talks to his family of all generations, about their experience and connection to the nature and to examine how things have changed in a relatively short space of time.

By learning lessons from the past and helping us to individually connect more emotionally to the climate change issue, we can start to find solutions, and hope, for the future.

Feature by Alex Minnis

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