Last week we announced the exciting news that Swedish streaming platform Viaplay has now launched in the UK. And it’s jam-packed with Nordic films and TV shows, many that were previously unavailable in the UK.
To help you know where to start, we have selected some of the films that we have enjoyed and featured in the past and would love for you to see now that they are accessible – and we have partnered with Viaplay UK to give you a month free on the streamer! Which should give you plenty of time to watch these fantastic films and enjoy more of the content on there – scroll to the bottom to find out more.
Games People Play | Finland | Director: Jenni Toivoniemi
Then there is Games People Play, a Finnish dark comedy which picked up a lot of award nominations back when it was released in 2021. The story is based on a group of friends and relatives who get together for a short break at a house in the countryside and as the alcohol flows, past events and resentments rear their head and cause tension and complications.
A slightly slow burning one, but by the end you’ll feel like you’ve really gone on a journey with the characters!
As In Heaven | Denmark | Director: Tea Lindeburg
As In Heaven follows an extremely tense and fraught night as our young protagonist Lise waits on the news of whether her mother has survived giving birth. The outcome could have huge consequences for the young girl on the brink of womanhood. It features an exception performance from Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl who many will recognise from Cry Wolf which was out on Walter Presents earlier this year.
The film has been selected for the running in the Academy Awards which is a huge accolade to the films director Tea Lindeburg and her debut film.
The Innocents | Norway | Director: Eskil Vogt
Halloween might be over but if you still feel like giving yourself a scare then you should certainly make sure that Eskil Vogt’s The Innocents is on your watchlist.
The screenwriter, who works closely with Joachim Trier, released his debut film earlier this year and it is certainly a far cry from The Worst Person in the World, existing perhaps more in the universe of his previous work with Joachim on Thelma – only he has dialled up the horror value a few notches.
Margrete Queen of the North | Denmark | Director: Charlotte Sieling
We are delighted to see this movie more widely accessible now and strongly recommend it if you want to see some of your favourite Nordic stars doing something a little different with this ‘medieval noir’. Along with its lead star, the excellent Trine Dyrholm, you have the likes of Soren Malling, Jakob Oftebro, Magnus Krepper, and many more (we won’t name them all as it is great fun spotting all the recognisable faces!)
We spoke with the film’s director Charlotte Sieling and also the composer of the film Jon Ekstrand – which you can read about HERE.
Force Majeure & The Square | Sweden | Director: Rueben Ostlund
Right, you might have seen Triangle of Sadness in the cinema and discovered Ruben’s work for the first time – if that is the case then we really do encourage you to check out his previous two films which are both exceptionally wonderful pieces of work – The Square in particular picking up a Palme D’Or (his first of two) features a brilliant performance from Claes Bang and Force Majeure will have you cringing so badly in its awkward moments that you might hide behind the sofa.
Feature by Alex Minnis