NORDIC cinema showcase
Denmak, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
In Plenty, a play by renowned British playwright
David Hare, the wife of a diplomat is describing the
plot of the new film by that “Norwegian” director,
Ingmar Bergman, and she sums it up by saying:
“There is a woman… who despises her husband…”
Bergman is, of course, Swedish. Hare brilliantly
illustrates his astute observation that not only are
we limited in our ability to discern deeper layers of
other cultures, but we cannot even tell them apart.
Cinemateque Herzliya is celebrating its tenth
anniversary. Together with the embassies of
Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden in Israel, we
present the beauty of Nordic culture—which some
incorrectly think of as gloomy—and offer the first
installment of our Exploration of Nordic Cinema.
The festival’s artistic program includes some 20
films, representing 66 years of rich and fascinating
cinema. It is impossible to present the entire
complexity of Nordic cinema in one installment, but
we have chosen to screen contemporary work side
by side with films made throughout the decades.
This selection of films from four countries creates
new and fascinating links among them. The White
Reindeer and the recent Sami Blood, for example,
and the embassies of
Denmark, Norway, Finland
and Sweden presents:
November 2018 | Cinematheque
Tel Aviv, Hertzelia, Jerusalem, Holon, Sderot
guests of honor:
Jusso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren, Directors of Heavy Trip
both depict the Sámi tribe and present strong
feminist views; Europa and Valhalla Rising, which
are both replete with cinematic tricks, pose a
stop sign before the rise of fascism; Saraband,
Antichrist and Staying Alive (which has no qualms
about ridiculing Scenes from a Marriage, the film
by the Swedish master Bergman) dissect relations
between men and women using a sharp figurative
scalpel and analyze their complexity; the gentle
A Moment in the Reeds and the hair-raising Let
the Right One In present love stories that cross
national boundaries and reflect on the possibility
of realizing them. We could go on and find further
such links, but we would prefer to hear them from
you, our viewers.
This year, 2018, has been the year of metal music.
As avid music lovers, we went to the trouble of
inviting the creators of the wild comedy Heavy Trip
to make some noise and disturb the neighbors in
Israel, where the sun shines even in winter.
The Staffs of the Cinemateque Herzliya and the
Embassies of Denmak, Norway, Finland and