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The Official Nordic Challenge - april 2020

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Post by flavo5000 » April 28th, 2020, 12:27 pm

17. Till glädje a.k.a. To Joy (Sweden, 1950)
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1. Skepp till India land a.k.a. A Ship To India (Sweden, 1947)
2. Sommarlek a.k.a. Summer Interlude (Sweden, 1951)
3. Bølgen a.k.a. The Wave (Norway/Sweden, 2015)
4. Sorgenfri a.k.a. What We Become (Denmark, 2015)
5. Thale (Norway, 2012)
6. Besat (Denmark, 1999)
7. Child Eater (Iceland, 2016)
8. Ég man þig a.k.a. I Remember You (Iceland, 2017)
9. Brimstone (Sweden, 2016)
10. Kvinnodröm a.k.a. Dreams (Sweden, 1955)
11. Kvinnors väntan a.k.a. Waiting Women (Sweden, 1952)
12. Nära livet a.k.a. Brink of Life (Sweden, 1958)
13. DRIB (Norway, 2017)
14. Skjult a.k.a. Hidden (Norway, 2009)
15. Eggs (Norway, 1995)
16. Valhalla Rising (Denmark, 2009)
17. Till glädje a.k.a. To Joy (Sweden, 1950)

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Post by Traveller » April 28th, 2020, 5:16 pm

89. Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten (1980, Sweden) - 4/10
90. Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970, Finland) - 5/10
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Post by blueboybob » April 28th, 2020, 11:41 pm

63. [Denmark] Let's Get Lost (1997)
64. [Denmark] Lars Ole, 5c (1973)
65. [Denmark] Weekend (1962)
66. [Denmark] I blodet (2016)
67. [Denmark] R (2010)
68. [Denmark] Frygtelig lykkelig (2008)
69. [Denmark] En soap (2006)
70. [Denmark] Drabet (2005)
71. [Denmark] Drenge (1977)
72. [Denmark] Balladen om Carl-Henning (1969)
73. [Denmark] Kapringen (2012)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » April 29th, 2020, 1:49 am

FTV:18:Exit (2006) (Sweden.) 7.

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Looking super fresh faced, Alexander Skarsgard’s gives a terrific turn as Klerking, thanks to Skarsgard giving Klerking a youthful, trusting innocence, which unknown to Klerking makes him stand at odds in this cut-throat Nordic Noir business world (a major recurring theme of the genre.) Speaking directly to the viewer in the opening that you can’t hold any ethics if you want to become rich in the business world, Mads Mikkelsen gives a terrifically layered turn as Skepphult, who Mikkelsen brings out a frantic awkwardness in Skepphult kicking back at those framing him of murder,whilst retaining a wry Noir cynicism, which becomes fully reflective in the twist ending.

Based on a novel by Jesper Karrbrink and Hakan Ramsin which has sadly not been translated into English, the screenplay by writer/director Peter Lindmark takes the slick innocent man on the run Thriller genre, and exits it through the Nordic Noir door,as Skepphult attempts to find out who is framing him, by offering to pay off those working with the killer, so that they work with him instead! At first exiting Skepphult on the run with what appears to be a upbeat ending, Lindmark takes a step back, deliriously bringing Skepphult back full circle to his cynical, calculating businessman, who has no desire to exit that world.

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Post by AB537 » April 29th, 2020, 2:18 am

6. Bølgen - The Wave (Roar Uthaug, 2015, Norway) 7.5/10

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Post by sol » April 29th, 2020, 12:22 pm

Sweden: 21 / Denmark: 11 / Norway: 8 / Iceland: 6 / Finland: 1Show
1. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016) Sweden
2. Lego House: Home of the Brick (2018) Denmark
3. In Order of Disappearance (2014) Norway
4. Of Horses and Men (2013) Iceland
5. Screwed in Tallinn (1999) Sweden
6. The Juniper Tree (1990) Iceland
7. The Lion Woman (2016) Norway
8. A Fortunate Man (2018) Denmark
9. Remote Control (1992) Iceland
10. Gladiatorerna (1969) Sweden
11. Devil's Bride (2014) Finland
12. War Dog (1987) Sweden
13. Thelma (2017) Norway
14. Thale (2012) Norway
15. Eggs (1995) Norway
16. Battle (2018) Norway
17. Avalon (2011) Sweden
18. Pusher (1996) Denmark
19. Pusher II (2004) Denmark
20. Dogville (2003) Denmark
21. Go Quiet (2010) Iceland
22. Darkland (2017) Denmark
23. Is-slottet (1987) Norway REVISION
24. Antboy (2013) Denmark
25. TPB AFK (2013) Sweden
26. Gambler (2006) Denmark
27. City State (2011) Iceland
28. Cold Fever (1995) Iceland
29. Regretters (2010) Sweden
30. Face of Fire (1959) Sweden
31. Easy Money / Snabba Cash (2010) Sweden
32. The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Denmark
33. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Sweden
34. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Sweden
35. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
36. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
37a. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {78mins.} Sweden REVISION
37b. Quicksand: Ep. 1 (2019) {45mins.} Sweden
38. This Can't Happen Here (1950) Sweden
39. A Ship Bound for India (1947) Sweden
40. Architecture of Doom (1989) Sweden
41. When Animals Dream (2014) Denmark
42. Dogville Confessions (2003) Denmark
43. The Night Visitor (1971) Sweden
44. Man on the Roof (1976) Sweden
45. Johan (1921) Sweden
46. Ofelas (1987) Norway

47. Tangent Room (2017) Sweden

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This has landed comparisons to Cube and Coherence, but it more readily resembles Exam or Fermat's Room, only without the great set design of either of those. For a film noticeably made on a budget though, Tangent Room is highly decent stuff; the acting is a bit second-rate, but the situation is fascinating even if it is a bit unrealistic how little the characters focus on trying to escape... but that's also part of the problems solvers they are.
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Post by flavo5000 » April 29th, 2020, 12:45 pm

18. En lektion i kärlek a.k.a. A Lesson In Love (Sweden, 1954)
19. Ludo (Faroe Islands, 2014)
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1. Skepp till India land a.k.a. A Ship To India (Sweden, 1947)
2. Sommarlek a.k.a. Summer Interlude (Sweden, 1951)
3. Bølgen a.k.a. The Wave (Norway/Sweden, 2015)
4. Sorgenfri a.k.a. What We Become (Denmark, 2015)
5. Thale (Norway, 2012)
6. Besat (Denmark, 1999)
7. Child Eater (Iceland, 2016)
8. Ég man þig a.k.a. I Remember You (Iceland, 2017)
9. Brimstone (Sweden, 2016)
10. Kvinnodröm a.k.a. Dreams (Sweden, 1955)
11. Kvinnors väntan a.k.a. Waiting Women (Sweden, 1952)
12. Nära livet a.k.a. Brink of Life (Sweden, 1958)
13. DRIB (Norway, 2017)
14. Skjult a.k.a. Hidden (Norway, 2009)
15. Eggs (Norway, 1995)
16. Valhalla Rising (Denmark, 2009)
17. Till glädje a.k.a. To Joy (Sweden, 1950)
18. En lektion i kärlek a.k.a. A Lesson In Love (Sweden, 1954)
19. Ludo (Faroe Islands, 2014)

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Post by sol » April 29th, 2020, 1:30 pm

Sweden: 21 / Denmark: 12 / Norway: 8 / Iceland: 6 / Finland: 1Show
1. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016) Sweden
2. Lego House: Home of the Brick (2018) Denmark
3. In Order of Disappearance (2014) Norway
4. Of Horses and Men (2013) Iceland
5. Screwed in Tallinn (1999) Sweden
6. The Juniper Tree (1990) Iceland
7. The Lion Woman (2016) Norway
8. A Fortunate Man (2018) Denmark
9. Remote Control (1992) Iceland
10. Gladiatorerna (1969) Sweden
11. Devil's Bride (2014) Finland
12. War Dog (1987) Sweden
13. Thelma (2017) Norway
14. Thale (2012) Norway
15. Eggs (1995) Norway
16. Battle (2018) Norway
17. Avalon (2011) Sweden
18. Pusher (1996) Denmark
19. Pusher II (2004) Denmark
20. Dogville (2003) Denmark
21. Go Quiet (2010) Iceland
22. Darkland (2017) Denmark
23. Is-slottet (1987) Norway REVISION
24. Antboy (2013) Denmark
25. TPB AFK (2013) Sweden
26. Gambler (2006) Denmark
27. City State (2011) Iceland
28. Cold Fever (1995) Iceland
29. Regretters (2010) Sweden
30. Face of Fire (1959) Sweden
31. Easy Money / Snabba Cash (2010) Sweden
32. The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Denmark
33. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Sweden
34. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Sweden
35. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
36. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
37a. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {78mins.} Sweden REVISION
37b. Quicksand: Ep. 1 (2019) {45mins.} Sweden
38. This Can't Happen Here (1950) Sweden
39. A Ship Bound for India (1947) Sweden
40. Architecture of Doom (1989) Sweden
41. When Animals Dream (2014) Denmark
42. Dogville Confessions (2003) Denmark
43. The Night Visitor (1971) Sweden
44. Man on the Roof (1976) Sweden
45. Johan (1921) Sweden
46. Ofelas (1987) Norway
47. Tangent Room (2017) Sweden

48. Shady Chocolate (2012) Denmark

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Following The Dark Side of Chocolate, this documentary investigates whether child exploitation in the cocoa plantations of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire has changed in the two years. The chocolate companies claim that they have cleaned up their act, but of course this is not entirely true. While there are some potent bits and pieces (a trafficked Burkinabé boy injured with a machete he had to use), the film has none of the shock value of the original.
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » April 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm

Is the scoreboard going to be updated before this ends?

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Post by Traveller » April 29th, 2020, 4:45 pm

91. Daisy Diamond (2007, Denmark) - 6/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by Mario Gaborović » April 29th, 2020, 5:35 pm

47. Skammen (1968) - Sweden
48. Ansiktet (1958) - Sweden
49. Uppehåll i myrlandet (1965) + ABBA: Ring, Ring (1973) + ABBA: Bang-A-Boomerang (1975) + ABBA: That's Me (1977) + ABBA: The Name of the Game (1977) + ABBA: Eagle (1978) + ABBA: Summer Night City (1978) + Ansiktet (1984) - Sweden

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01. Mustaa valkoisella (1968) - Finland
02. Gló(ð) (2012) + Summarnátt (2012) + Frávik (2017) + Sorry 4 Yourself (2017) + Wünder Pitsa (2017) + Collision Course (2018) + Lily (2018) + The Babysitter (2018) - Faroe Islands
03. Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (1918) - Sweden
04. Paha maa (2005) - Finland
05. Home (2018) - Greenland + Rocky VI (1986) + Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (1992) + Ukkonen (2001) + Rare Exports Inc. (2003) + The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 (2005) - Finland
06. Total Balalaika Show (1994) - Finland
07. Liberation Day (2016) - Norway
08. Motforestilling (1972) - Norway
09. Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (1967) - Sweden
10. Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått (1968) - Sweden
11. Europa 1900 (1968) + Dagen bräcks (1985) + Aldrig som första gången! (2006) + Lögner (2008) + Tussilago (2010) - Sweden
12. Torsk på Tallinn - En liten film om ensamhet (1999) - Sweden
13. Italiensk for begyndere (2000) - Denmark
14. Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) - Denmark
15. Í skugga hrafnsins (1988) - Iceland
16. Draugasaga (1985) - Iceland
17. Den enfaldige mördaren (1982) - Sweden
18. Ondskan (2003) - Sweden
19. Ångrarna (2010) - Sweden
20. Vingarne (1916) - Sweden
21. De grønne slagtere (2003) - Denmark
22. Barnens ö (1980) - Sweden
23. Den brysomme mannen (2006) - Norway
24. Sauna (2008) - Finland
25. Il capitano (1991) - Sweden
26. Lust och fägring stor (1995) - Sweden
27. Ved Fængslets Port (1911) - Denmark
28. De fem benspænd (2003) - Denmark
29. Forbrydelsens element (1984) - Denmark
30. Så som i himmelen (2004) - Sweden
31. Nummisuutarit (1923) - Finland
32. Häjyt (1999) - Finland
33. Äideistä parhain (2005) - Finland
34. Arctic (2018) - Iceland
35. Utvandrarna (1971) - Sweden
36. Nybyggarna (1972) - Sweden
37. Pelle erobreren (1987) - Denmark
38. Norske byggeklosser (1972) - Norway
39. Kongen av Bastøy (2010) - Norway
40. Max Manus (2008) - Norway
41. Kill Buljo: The Movie (2007) - Norway
42. Pippi Långstrump (1969) - Sweden
43. Här kommer Pippi Långstrump (1969) - Sweden
44. Emil i Lönneberga (1971) - Sweden
45. Under solen (1998) - Sweden
46. Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (2008) - Sweden
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Post by OldAle1 » April 29th, 2020, 5:59 pm

1. Thriller - en grym film / Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Bo Arne Vibenius, 1973) SWEDEN

I think this is my first film starring Swedish sexpot Christina Lindberg, though I've known the name for decades - we used to get lots of request for her films at the video stores I worked at in the late 80s - 90s. 70s sexploitation is not exactly an era/genre that I've explored deeply, but when I have I've usually found a little interest at least - maybe I've been careful and just haven't seen much of the real trash. Anyway this seems a well above-average example, with Lindberg as the grown-up young woman who went mute after a horrible rape when she was a child, now forced into slavery and narcotic addiction by a vile scumbag (Heinz Hopf) who also half-blinds her when she initially refuses to put out for his customers and attacks them. But she'll get her revenge, oh my! This is a fairly silly film - knowing this woman has the potential for violence, why does Tony give her SO much leeway that she can spend apparently hundreds of hours training in martial arts, combat driving, and shooting? Why does he even allow her to have her own money? Nothing's explained particularly well, most of the acting is mediocre, but Lindberg herself is actually pretty good in an admittedly limited role and character, and she's certainly an eyeful. One thing I found curious is that she seems very, very short - I'd have guessed only about 5' / 150 cm - but the intrawebs claims she's a good half-foot taller, and in the film I watched right after this she's paired with the very tall Stellan Skarsgård and that listed height looks correct. So I think this was shot to try to make her seem smaller than she actually is, so as to make her action feats in the last third of the film even more exciting and extreme. Also love her vengeance goddess get-up, reminiscent of Meiko Kaji in broadly similar roles at the same time:

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2. Anita (Torgny Wickman, 1973) SWEDEN/France

Pure sexploitation - as opposed to the revenge motif in the previous film, this just offers us Christina Lindberg as a nympho who wants to have sex with somebody new all the time, and who can't commit to or love anyone, and of course it all goes back to her parents, as psych student Stellan Skarsgård finds out while sort of taking care of Anita in the house he shares with a bunch of music students. Eh, this one was pretty tiresome and the pop psychologizing unconvincing - clearly the only reason to see this is for the nudity, which is fairly abundant. Not worth my time writing more, and I suspect it's not really worth exploring this particular branch of exploitation cinema any more, at least not for me.

3. Is-slottet / Ice Palace (Per Blom, 1987) NORWAY

This seems to be well-loved around here judging from a few comments; hate to be the spoilsport but while I think I appreciate what this story of a couple of prepubescent girls, and the tragedy that befalls them, in a cold winter involving an iced-over waterfall, it just din't work for me overall. It's certainly a graceful and understated work, involving budding sexuality and the sense of outsider-ness that people can feel, in terms of being new to a community, of sex and gender issues, and just of being young --- but it felt rather endless despite it's very short running time, and while it's nicely shot the cinematic beauty wasn't enough to slough off the tedium; also the music just seemed to belong to something else to me. This very much felt like the kind of film I should love, but I just didn't.

4. Skepp till India Land / A Ship Bound for India (Ingmar Bergman, 1947) SWEDEN

One of just a couple of early Bergmans that I haven't seen, this is a typical enough work about a young man who suffers from a hunchback - which may or may not be psychosomatic - and the problematic relationship with his brutal and uncaring father that defines not only his life but his mother's, and his father's mistress who the son grows to love. It's really quite beautifully shot and certainly feels less ponderous than some of Bergman's later works, but it doesn't feel particularly special, and Birger Malmsten as the son is a little tiresome.

5. Tulipunainen kyyhkynen / The Scarlet Dove (Matti Kassila, 1961) FINLAND

An older man and his much younger wife talk about age and their marriage as they laze outside on the dock by their house; she gets a letter, and something about her expression makes the husband take notice...is it a young lover perhaps? And so begins a long and beautifully composed journey into the world of paranoia, obsession, jealousy and the labyrinth of film noir, early-60s-Finnish style. Not that this appears on any major noir lists, but I think most viewers strongly familiar with the style would agree with me that it merits consideration. Soon the husband is pursuing the wife through the streets of Helsinki...there is a tryst...a murder...a hook-up with a hooker...the police, and interrogation...search for the hooker...a house that isn't there...a ship...the murderer there?...and finally
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the dream is over, and it really was all a dream, with all of the husband's guests playing their parts in the dream and reality. I'm not necessarily against "it was a dream" endings but in this case I really think it almost ruins the film. Too bad, a better ending and this would really be something.
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6. Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta / The Song of the Scarlet Flower (Teuvo Tulio, 1938) FINLAND

My first Tulio film and it looks like he's the Finnish master of melodrama, or something like it. Here we have a young man, son of a prosperous farmer who, on learning he can't marry the servant girl he's fallen for, embarks on a journey to find himself --- and find other women to seduce along the way. This has some terrific scenes, most obviously the lengthy log run that must have been an incredible thing to film in 1938, a thrilling ride until it goes on just a bit too long, but in the end the moralism of the message - as our hero finds out that being a lothario has negative effects on women, who would have thought it? - undercuts the whole thing and it's just too pedantic and blunt to work.

7. Sellaisena kuin sinä minut halusit / The Way You Wanted Me (Teuvo Tulio, 1944) FINLAND

This is a more pure melodrama and while it's got it's messages and moments of conservative morality to it, works much better than the earlier film as an often fever-pitched examination of the fate of women in patriarchal society. I wouldn't say it gets to the level of Sirk, and it's even less subtle than he is at his most blunt, but there's a comparison to be made. Maja, a young woman (Marie-Louise Fock, magnetic) goes from being the prettiest, innocent girl on a country isle to a hardened prostitute in the big city, betrayed and lied to by every man around her along the way. What makes this enjoyable are the incredible Dickensian coincidences that keep piling up - one man is hauled off by the cops literally at the moment he's planning a life with Maja, another gets in a lethal fight while in exactly the same situation, a girl is saved by the doctor who had jilted her mother years before and who turns out to be...well, you can guess. This wouldn't work if not for the feeling in the lead actress and in the script -- it's crazy and over the top but clearly full of compassion and righteous anger, and overall it's pretty terrific, if you can take the plot's silliness.

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7. Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjærg, 1997) [Norway] 7


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1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Män som hatar kvinnor (Niels Arden Oplev, 2009) [Sweden] 7+
2. The Magician / Ansiktet (Ingmar Bergman, 1958) [Sweden] 7+
3. The Girl Who Played with Fire / Flickan som lekte med elden (Daniel Alfredson, 2009) [Sweden] 6+
4. The Seventh Seal / Det sjunde inseglet (Ingmar Bergman, 1957) [Sweden] [Rewatch] 9
5. Summer with Monika / Sommaren med Monika (Ingmar Bergman, 1953) [Sweden] 7-
6. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest / Luftslottet som sprängdes (Daniel Alfredson, 2009) [Sweden] 6+
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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » April 29th, 2020, 8:56 pm

FTV:19:Five Get Into Trouble (1970) (Denmark.) 5.

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Transferring the English countryside mystery adventures for rural Denmark, co-writer/(with Gunter Ebert-who later wrote Jess Franco’s Hellhole Women (1981) )director Katrine Hedman & cinematographer Mikael Salomon (later cinematographer on The Abyss (1989)) bring a whimsical atmosphere to the adventure in long gliding panning shots following the five entering town, and swift whip-pans around streets as the five outwit the baddies.

Along with some terribly filmed outdoor scenes shot in total darkness (!) Hedman poorly tries to alter the reserved origins of the characters, by having them all dress down to their underwear to escape, despite having made it clear earlier that none of the gang would do anything like that in front of each other. Cycling from Enid Blyton’s book, the writers catch the spirit of the book most in the five catching up with relatives as they get set for adventure. Bringing a 4th child into the mix who is a total brat, the writers disappointing offer little sense of unity or friendship between the gang, and the dry mystery/adventure never hitting the can-do fun,which made them the famous five.

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1. Søndagsengler/The Other Side of Sunday (1996, Norway) 6/10
2. Second Time Around / Segunda vez (2018, Norway) 5/10
3. En fremmed banker på/A Stranger Knocks (1959, Denmark) VOGEL/BODIL 6/10
4. Holiday (2018, Denmark, Isabella Eklöf) 2/10
5. Det stora äventyret/The Great Adventure (1953, Sweden) 5/10
6. Ångrarna/The Regretters (2010, Sweden) 6/10
7. Ett anständigt liv/A Respectable Life (1979, Sweden) 5.5/10
8. Tillbaka till Ararat (1988, Sweden) 7/10 This is a perfectly fine documentary. Looks like it has gotten downvoted on IMDB by Armenian genocide deniers.
9. Weekend (1962, Denmark) 2/10
10. Pähkähullu Suomi/Insane Finland (1967, Finland) 6/10
11. Drenge/Boys (1977) 3/10
12. Barnens ö / Children's Island (1980) 5/10
13. Lust och fägring stor/All Things Fair (1995, Sweden) GULDBAGGE list + Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees 4.5/10
14. Paw (1959, Denmark) 6/10
15. Olet mennyt minun vereeni/You Have Gone Into My Blood (1956, Finland) 7/10
16. Elokuu/The Harvest Month (1956, Finland) 6/10
17. Mannekäng i rött /Mannequin in Red (1958, Sweden) 6/10

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Sweden: 21 / Denmark: 13 / Norway: 8 / Iceland: 6 / Finland: 1Show
1. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016) Sweden
2. Lego House: Home of the Brick (2018) Denmark
3. In Order of Disappearance (2014) Norway
4. Of Horses and Men (2013) Iceland
5. Screwed in Tallinn (1999) Sweden
6. The Juniper Tree (1990) Iceland
7. The Lion Woman (2016) Norway
8. A Fortunate Man (2018) Denmark
9. Remote Control (1992) Iceland
10. Gladiatorerna (1969) Sweden
11. Devil's Bride (2014) Finland
12. War Dog (1987) Sweden
13. Thelma (2017) Norway
14. Thale (2012) Norway
15. Eggs (1995) Norway
16. Battle (2018) Norway
17. Avalon (2011) Sweden
18. Pusher (1996) Denmark
19. Pusher II (2004) Denmark
20. Dogville (2003) Denmark
21. Go Quiet (2010) Iceland
22. Darkland (2017) Denmark
23. Is-slottet (1987) Norway REVISION
24. Antboy (2013) Denmark
25. TPB AFK (2013) Sweden
26. Gambler (2006) Denmark
27. City State (2011) Iceland
28. Cold Fever (1995) Iceland
29. Regretters (2010) Sweden
30. Face of Fire (1959) Sweden
31. Easy Money / Snabba Cash (2010) Sweden
32. The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Denmark
33. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Sweden
34. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Sweden
35. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
36. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
37a. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {78mins.} Sweden REVISION
37b. Quicksand: Ep. 1 (2019) {45mins.} Sweden
38. This Can't Happen Here (1950) Sweden
39. A Ship Bound for India (1947) Sweden
40. Architecture of Doom (1989) Sweden
41. When Animals Dream (2014) Denmark
42. Dogville Confessions (2003) Denmark
43. The Night Visitor (1971) Sweden
44. Man on the Roof (1976) Sweden
45. Johan (1921) Sweden
46. Ofelas (1987) Norway
47. Tangent Room (2017) Sweden
48. Shady Chocolate (2012) Denmark

49. Reptilicus (1961) Denmark

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Denmark's answer to Godzilla, this is bad but not without its merits. The special effects are certainly dire, with some simply pitiful effects for the monster as it devours bystanders (see above). The monster also only tends to appear in either very obvious rear projection or cutaways. The film actually begins very well though with gooey flesh and blood discovered miners; the notion of a monster that can regenerate like a starfish is cool too.
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Post by peeptoad » April 30th, 2020, 12:55 pm

10. Sommarens tolv månader (Sweden, 1988) The Twelve Months of the Summer 10*
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1. Arctic (Iceland, 2018) 6
2. Kon-Tiki (Norway, 1950) 7
3. Draug (Sweden, 2018) 4
4. Män som hatar kvinnor (Sweden, 2009) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 7
5. Ansiktet (Sweden, 1958) The Magician 8
6. Paw (Denmark, 1959) 7
7. The Night Visitor (Sweden, 1971) 8
8. Jäniksen vuosi (Finland, 1977) The Year of the Hare 7
9. Bye Bye Bluebird (Faroe Islands, 1999) 6
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Post by Melvelet » April 30th, 2020, 1:04 pm

1. Låt den rätte komma in 2008 — a.k.a. Let the Right One In (Sweden) 8/10

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Post by sol » April 30th, 2020, 2:05 pm

Sweden: 22 / Denmark: 13 / Norway: 8 / Iceland: 6 / Finland: 1Show
1. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016) Sweden
2. Lego House: Home of the Brick (2018) Denmark
3. In Order of Disappearance (2014) Norway
4. Of Horses and Men (2013) Iceland
5. Screwed in Tallinn (1999) Sweden
6. The Juniper Tree (1990) Iceland
7. The Lion Woman (2016) Norway
8. A Fortunate Man (2018) Denmark
9. Remote Control (1992) Iceland
10. Gladiatorerna (1969) Sweden
11. Devil's Bride (2014) Finland
12. War Dog (1987) Sweden
13. Thelma (2017) Norway
14. Thale (2012) Norway
15. Eggs (1995) Norway
16. Battle (2018) Norway
17. Avalon (2011) Sweden
18. Pusher (1996) Denmark
19. Pusher II (2004) Denmark
20. Dogville (2003) Denmark
21. Go Quiet (2010) Iceland
22. Darkland (2017) Denmark
23. Is-slottet (1987) Norway REVISION
24. Antboy (2013) Denmark
25. TPB AFK (2013) Sweden
26. Gambler (2006) Denmark
27. City State (2011) Iceland
28. Cold Fever (1995) Iceland
29. Regretters (2010) Sweden
30. Face of Fire (1959) Sweden
31. Easy Money / Snabba Cash (2010) Sweden
32. The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Denmark
33. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Sweden
34. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Sweden
35. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
36. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
37a. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {78mins.} Sweden REVISION
37b. Quicksand: Ep. 1 (2019) {45mins.} Sweden
38. This Can't Happen Here (1950) Sweden
39. A Ship Bound for India (1947) Sweden
40. Architecture of Doom (1989) Sweden
41. When Animals Dream (2014) Denmark
42. Dogville Confessions (2003) Denmark
43. The Night Visitor (1971) Sweden
44. Man on the Roof (1976) Sweden
45. Johan (1921) Sweden
46. Ofelas (1987) Norway
47. Tangent Room (2017) Sweden
48. Shady Chocolate (2012) Denmark
49. Reptilicus (1961) Denmark

50. The Devil's Messenger (1961) Sweden

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Edited from three different TV episodes, this is a surprisingly lucid horror anthology and the tales themselves are decent. The first has a great premise (a photo that spookily keeps changing) even if its potential is never maximised. The second tale is the weakest, circling around lust, but is intriguing. The third episode is simply excellent though, telling an eerie story of a man trying futilely to escape from a fortune teller's prediction of his demise.
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Post by sol » April 30th, 2020, 3:27 pm

Sweden: 22 / Denmark: 14 / Norway: 8 / Iceland: 6 / Finland: 1Show
1. The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared (2016) Sweden
2. Lego House: Home of the Brick (2018) Denmark
3. In Order of Disappearance (2014) Norway
4. Of Horses and Men (2013) Iceland
5. Screwed in Tallinn (1999) Sweden
6. The Juniper Tree (1990) Iceland
7. The Lion Woman (2016) Norway
8. A Fortunate Man (2018) Denmark
9. Remote Control (1992) Iceland
10. Gladiatorerna (1969) Sweden
11. Devil's Bride (2014) Finland
12. War Dog (1987) Sweden
13. Thelma (2017) Norway
14. Thale (2012) Norway
15. Eggs (1995) Norway
16. Battle (2018) Norway
17. Avalon (2011) Sweden
18. Pusher (1996) Denmark
19. Pusher II (2004) Denmark
20. Dogville (2003) Denmark
21. Go Quiet (2010) Iceland
22. Darkland (2017) Denmark
23. Is-slottet (1987) Norway REVISION
24. Antboy (2013) Denmark
25. TPB AFK (2013) Sweden
26. Gambler (2006) Denmark
27. City State (2011) Iceland
28. Cold Fever (1995) Iceland
29. Regretters (2010) Sweden
30. Face of Fire (1959) Sweden
31. Easy Money / Snabba Cash (2010) Sweden
32. The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010) Denmark
33. Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Sweden
34. From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Sweden
35. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
36. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {120mins.} Sweden REVISION
37a. Fanny and Alexander (1983) {78mins.} Sweden REVISION
37b. Quicksand: Ep. 1 (2019) {45mins.} Sweden
38. This Can't Happen Here (1950) Sweden
39. A Ship Bound for India (1947) Sweden
40. Architecture of Doom (1989) Sweden
41. When Animals Dream (2014) Denmark
42. Dogville Confessions (2003) Denmark
43. The Night Visitor (1971) Sweden
44. Man on the Roof (1976) Sweden
45. Johan (1921) Sweden
46. Ofelas (1987) Norway
47. Tangent Room (2017) Sweden
48. Shady Chocolate (2012) Denmark
49. Reptilicus (1961) Denmark
50. The Devil's Messenger (1961) Sweden

51. 66 Scenes from America (1982) Denmark

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Perhaps the most literally titled documentary ever made, this consists of 66 brief scenes of life in America, as filmed by Jørgen Leth during a trip to the country. It is all very odd random, only linked on occasion by a recurring bartender and interspersed with various persons introducing themselves to the camera - and sometimes singing... but we at least get to see Andy Warhol's weird habits when it comes to eating burgers.
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Post by Traveller » April 30th, 2020, 3:35 pm

92. Ut og stjæle hester (2019, Norway) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!

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Post by blocho » April 30th, 2020, 6:02 pm

I know these are very popular, but I'm sad to say I struggled to get through both.

5. Ansiktet (1958, Sweden)
6. Har Har Du Ditt Liv (1966, Sweden)

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Post by morrison-dylan-fan » April 30th, 2020, 7:55 pm

Fittingly hitting the big 20 with:

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FTV:20:Second Coming of Eva (1974) (Sweden.) 10


Enlightening the congregation of viewers with the first coming of Eva in the opening shot, writer/director Mac Ahlberg & cinematographer Andreas Bellis keep the mood established from the opening shot, with a highly erotic, glossy atmosphere of slick bright lighting showing the enthusiasm of the cast in the best light, and trim panning shots catching every wave of lust from each corner of the school. Filming the frisky frolics inside a real university, Ahlberg and Bellis show a unexpected interest in offering a full rear view of the location, going out to the grounds when backed by Claes Oesterdahl’s blazing psychedelic score to catch couples in the midst of passion on “magic hour”,going back in for funny Benny Hill-style sped-up film slap-stick gags, and a blending of Oesterdahl’s score with a scream making the walls shake.

Sending Eva to improve her carnal knowledge grades at school, the screenplay by Ahlberg bends Eva receiving a saucy welcome with cheeky Comedy antics of a school inspector putting this school for scoundrels under risk of getting shut. Playing the straight man, Jack Frank gives a good boo-hiss turn as school inspector Mr. Elliot,whilst fittie centrefold Brigitte Maier sizzles on screen as a fellow student, and Teresa Svensson brings wide-eyed excitement to the second coming.

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Post by maxwelldeux » April 30th, 2020, 11:11 pm

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1. Rare Exports (2010, Finland)
2. Born American (1986, Finland)
3. Pelle the Conqueror (1987, Denmark)
4. The White Reindeer (1952, Finland)
5. The Neon Demon (2016, Denmark)
6. Smiles of a Summer Night (1955, Sweden)
7. Buddy (2003, Norway)
8. Breaking the Waves (1996, Denmark)
Well, this is my least favorite LvT film by a wide margin...

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Post by Mario Gaborović » May 1st, 2020, 9:38 am

50. Bech Olsens og Poul Pons' brydekamp (1899) + Kejser Nikolaus ankomst til Helsingør 1901 (1902) + Anarkistens svigermor (1906) + Stopforbud (1963) + Livet i Danmark (1972) + Nocturne (1980) - Denmark
51. Det hemmelighedsfulde X (1914) - Denmark
52. Qivitoq (1956) - Denmark

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01. Mustaa valkoisella (1968) - Finland
02. Gló(ð) (2012) + Summarnátt (2012) + Frávik (2017) + Sorry 4 Yourself (2017) + Wünder Pitsa (2017) + Collision Course (2018) + Lily (2018) + The Babysitter (2018) - Faroe Islands
03. Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru (1918) - Sweden
04. Paha maa (2005) - Finland
05. Home (2018) - Greenland + Rocky VI (1986) + Leningrad Cowboys: Those Were the Days (1992) + Ukkonen (2001) + Rare Exports Inc. (2003) + The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 (2005) - Finland
06. Total Balalaika Show (1994) - Finland
07. Liberation Day (2016) - Norway
08. Motforestilling (1972) - Norway
09. Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (1967) - Sweden
10. Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått (1968) - Sweden
11. Europa 1900 (1968) + Dagen bräcks (1985) + Aldrig som första gången! (2006) + Lögner (2008) + Tussilago (2010) - Sweden
12. Torsk på Tallinn - En liten film om ensamhet (1999) - Sweden
13. Italiensk for begyndere (2000) - Denmark
14. Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) - Denmark
15. Í skugga hrafnsins (1988) - Iceland
16. Draugasaga (1985) - Iceland
17. Den enfaldige mördaren (1982) - Sweden
18. Ondskan (2003) - Sweden
19. Ångrarna (2010) - Sweden
20. Vingarne (1916) - Sweden
21. De grønne slagtere (2003) - Denmark
22. Barnens ö (1980) - Sweden
23. Den brysomme mannen (2006) - Norway
24. Sauna (2008) - Finland
25. Il capitano (1991) - Sweden
26. Lust och fägring stor (1995) - Sweden
27. Ved Fængslets Port (1911) - Denmark
28. De fem benspænd (2003) - Denmark
29. Forbrydelsens element (1984) - Denmark
30. Så som i himmelen (2004) - Sweden
31. Nummisuutarit (1923) - Finland
32. Häjyt (1999) - Finland
33. Äideistä parhain (2005) - Finland
34. Arctic (2018) - Iceland
35. Utvandrarna (1971) - Sweden
36. Nybyggarna (1972) - Sweden
37. Pelle erobreren (1987) - Denmark
38. Norske byggeklosser (1972) - Norway
39. Kongen av Bastøy (2010) - Norway
40. Max Manus (2008) - Norway
41. Kill Buljo: The Movie (2007) - Norway
42. Pippi Långstrump (1969) - Sweden
43. Här kommer Pippi Långstrump (1969) - Sweden
44. Emil i Lönneberga (1971) - Sweden
45. Under solen (1998) - Sweden
46. Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (2008) - Sweden
47. Skammen (1968) - Sweden
48. Ansiktet (1958) - Sweden
49. Uppehåll i myrlandet (1965) + ABBA: Ring, Ring (1973) + ABBA: Bang-A-Boomerang (1975) + ABBA: That's Me (1977) + ABBA: The Name of the Game (1977) + ABBA: Eagle (1978) + ABBA: Summer Night City (1978) + Ansiktet (1984) - Sweden

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Post by OldAle1 » May 1st, 2020, 1:10 pm

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1. Thriller - en grym film / Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Bo Arne Vibenius, 1973) SWEDEN
2. Anita (Torgny Wickman, 1973) SWEDEN/France
3. Is-slottet / Ice Palace (Per Blom, 1987) NORWAY
4. Skepp till India Land / A Ship Bound for India (Ingmar Bergman, 1947) SWEDEN
5. Tulipunainen kyyhkynen / The Scarlet Dove (Matti Kassila, 1961) FINLAND
6. Laulu tulipunaisesta kukasta / The Song of the Scarlet Flower (Teuvo Tulio, 1938) FINLAND
7. Sellaisena kuin sinä minut halusit / The Way You Wanted Me (Teuvo Tulio, 1944) FINLAND
8. Soldaten og Jenny / Jenny and the Soldier (Johan Jacobsen, 1947) DENMARK

An interesting mixture of melodrama, crime, delusion and depression, in which a young soldier, disillusioned with everyone, sits in a bar telling his story of lucklessness to the bartender, when in comes another young man and we begin something of a La ronde-like series of stories about a half-dozen characters whose chance interactions with each other leave a death, an attempted suicide, and at the end some happiness for a couple. This doesn't go as far as some other films of this period (or later, i.e. Slacker) in exploring the randomness of life - eventually we get back to the main couple and the latter part of the film is a bit more conventional than the first half - but it's a nicely done little bit of philosophizing in which the coincidences and connections really seem to matter and have some consistency.

9. Naisenkuvia / Portraits of Women (Jôrn Donner, 1970) FINLAND

A sort of meta-porn film if that's a thing - I think a lot of porn is rather meta by it's very nature, at least when there's an attempt at story or plot in the first place, but this is an early example and clearly trying to be something "more" than porn. And it's only on the border of hard- and soft-core, with no penetration shown but lots and lots of closeups. And as much as I tend to lime meta films, films about films or filmmaking, this story of a porn filmmaker and his issues with his friend, his girlfriend (wife? most relationships weren't that clear), other women, and producers just didn't do anything for me at all. It's not sexy enough to work as real porn, and the attempts at arguing for or against more sex in the Finnish cinema, while I think well-intentioned, just aren't well-articulated or very interesting in the end. Not outright awful but pretty dull in the end.

10. Skytturnar / White Whales (Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, 1987) ICELAND

The director's first film. I thought I had seen his later Cold Fever but IMDb/ICM sez no; I think that might've been a film I did see when new but just missed when compiling ratings 15 years ago - at any rate I remember that it did get minimal commercial release in the USA, and I remember the VHS box cover. Friðriksson has been a pretty active director though, I suppose the major name in his country through most of his career, so it's good to start afresh now in this challenge. And this wasn't a bad film to start with, and kind of a typical first film you might say, with certainly many resemblances to the dour Finnish cinema (the Kaurismäkis anyway) of the time, and to early Jim Jarmusch, and a soundtrack that includes both Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. Essentially we have two losers, whaleman in Reykjavik on a break, who go on an all-night bender hitting up bars, pool halls, trying to bed women without success, with ultimately disastrous consequences. It doesn't really add up to much though I think there are attempts at some kind of statement - surely the
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deaths of both men of the sea, one staring into a puddle and the other at the bottom of an empty swimming pool, has some kind of ironic dimension
. In the end it was worth seeing for someone whole likes the night wanderings in big cities and the feel of authentic urban grit, but that's about all.

That's it for me. Thanks for running it albajos!

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Post by flavo5000 » May 1st, 2020, 1:37 pm

20. Pioneer (2013)
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1. Skepp till India land a.k.a. A Ship To India (Sweden, 1947)
2. Sommarlek a.k.a. Summer Interlude (Sweden, 1951)
3. Bølgen a.k.a. The Wave (Norway/Sweden, 2015)
4. Sorgenfri a.k.a. What We Become (Denmark, 2015)
5. Thale (Norway, 2012)
6. Besat (Denmark, 1999)
7. Child Eater (Iceland, 2016)
8. Ég man þig a.k.a. I Remember You (Iceland, 2017)
9. Brimstone (Sweden, 2016)
10. Kvinnodröm a.k.a. Dreams (Sweden, 1955)
11. Kvinnors väntan a.k.a. Waiting Women (Sweden, 1952)
12. Nära livet a.k.a. Brink of Life (Sweden, 1958)
13. DRIB (Norway, 2017)
14. Skjult a.k.a. Hidden (Norway, 2009)
15. Eggs (Norway, 1995)
16. Valhalla Rising (Denmark, 2009)
17. Till glädje a.k.a. To Joy (Sweden, 1950)
18. En lektion i kärlek a.k.a. A Lesson In Love (Sweden, 1954)
19. Ludo (Faroe Islands, 2014)
20. Pioneer (2013)

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Post by ororama » May 1st, 2020, 3:08 pm

23. Jeg er din/ I Am Yours (2013) * 100 min. (Norway)
24. Quicksand: Maja (2019) * 45 min.
Quicksand: Custody (2019) * 47 min.
Quicksand: The Funeral (2019) * 45 min. (Sweden)

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1. Kjærlighetens kjøtereZero Kelvin (1995) * 114 min. (Norway, Sweden)
2. Du skal Sorjonen: ære din hustruMaster of the House (1925)  * 111 min. (Denmark)
3. MødrehjælpenGood Mothers (1942) * 12 min. (Denmark)
Benigni (2009) * 8 min. (Finland)
KielitiettyniThe Tongueling (2010) * 4 min. (Finland)
Sukkavartaankatu 8Sock Skewer Street 8 (2014) 7 min. (Finland)
Sore Eyes for Infinity (2016) * 12 min. (Finland)
The Backwater Gospel (2011) * 10 min. (Denmark)
The Silent (2015) * 7 min. (Finland)
4-6. The Valhalla Murders: Never Before Seen (2019) * 46 min.
The Valhalla Murders: The Return (2020) * 48 min.
The Valhalla Murders: Valhalla (2020) * 48 min.
The Valhalla Murders: Scars (2020 ) * 47 min.
The Valhalla Murders: In Plain Sight (2020) * 45 min.
The Valhalla Murders: Hidden Place (2020) * 48 min.
The Valhalla Murders: Crossroads (2020) * 46 min.
The Valhalla Murders: Monster in the Dark (2020) * 46 min. (Iceland)
7. Intermezzo (1936) * 92 min. (Sweden)
8. Afgrunden (1910) *  37 min. (Denmark)
ManddomManhood (2012) * 16 min. (Denmark)
Tsunami (2015) * 7 min. (Denmark)
9. En kongelig affæreA Royal Affair (2012) * 138 min. (Denmark)
10. Dollar (1938) * 78 min. (Sweden)
11. Vredens dagDay of Wrath (1943) 97 min. (Denmark)
12. Kampen mod kræftenThe Struggle Against Cancer (1947) * 11 min.
LandsbykirkenThe Village Church  (1947) * 14 min.
De nåede færgenThey Caught the Ferry (1948)  * 12 min.
Thorvaldsen (1949) * 10 min.
StorstrømsbroenThe Storstrom Bridge (1950) * 7 min.
Et slot i et slot: Krogen og KronborgThe Castle Within the Castle (1954) * 9 min. (Denmark)
13. En kvinnas ansikteA Woman's Face (1938) * 100 min. (Sweden)
14. SommarlekSummer Interlude  (1951) 96 min. (Sweden)
15. JuninattenJune Night (1940)  * 88 min. (Sweden)
16. JagtenThe Hunt (2012) * 116 min. (Denmark)
17. Ordet (1955) * 125 min. (Denmark)
18-22. Sorjonen: Nukkekoti Osa 1Bordertown: The Dolls' House Part 1 (2016) * 58 min.
Sorjonen: Nukkekoti Osa 2Bordertown: The Dolls' House Part 2 (2016) * 56 min.
Sorjonen: Nukkekoti Osa 3Bordertown: The Dolls' House Part 3 (2016)  * 56 min.
Sorjonen: Sudenkorennot Osa 1Bordertown: Dragonflies Part 1 (2016) * 56 min.
Sorjonen: Sudenkorennot Osa 2Bordertown: Dragonflies Part 2  (2016) * 57 min.
Sorjonen: Raivotar Osa 1Bordertown: The Fury Part 1 (2016) * 57 min.
Sorjonen: Raivotar Osa 2Bordertown: The Fury Part 2 (2016) * 56 min.
Sorjonen: Nainen Järvessä Osa 1Bordertown: The Lady in the Lake Part 1 (2016) * 57 min.
Sorjonen: Nainen Järvessä Osa 2Bordertown: The Lady in the Lake Part 2 (2016) * 57 min.
Sorjonen: Loppupeli Osa 1Bordertown: The End Game Part 1 (2016) * 58 min.
Sorjonen: Loppupeli Osa 2Bordertown: The End Game Part 2 (2016) * 59 min. (Finland)

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Post by Lonewolf2003 » May 1st, 2020, 3:09 pm

4. Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (1957, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 9.0 > 9.2
5. Nära livet [Brink of Life] (1958, Ingmar Bergman): 7.2 - This movie about three women meeting in a maternity ward shows (again) that Bergman was one of the best directors of well-rounded women characters. I would almost say writer, but this happens to be one of the few movies Bergman adopted from a screenplay not written by him.
6. Ansiktet [The Magician] (1958, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.0 > 8.2
7. Jungfrukällan [The Virgin Spring] (1960, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 9.2 > 9.2
8. Djävulens öga [The Devil's Eye] (1960, Ingmar Bergman): 6.0 - This movie about Don Juan sent by the devil to seduce a vicar's daughter, cause the devil has a sty in his eye is another foray into comedy by Bergman. Unlike his more successful attempt into lighter comic movies, this one feels like Bergman trying to make a pure farce but being hindered by his own depression and need to insert meaning into the movie, without having anything clear to say. Interesting fact this was Bergmans last movie with his until then regular cinematographer Gunnar Fischer.
9. Såsom i en spegel [Through a Glass Darkly] (1961, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 7.5 > 8.5 - Certainty achieved.
10. Nattvardsgästerna [Winter Light] (1962, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.2 > 8.2 Certainty unmasked.
11. Tystnaden [The Silence] (1963, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.0 > 8.0 - One of Bergman's most cinematic movies this has some of the best visuals of all his movies (and most others already do look fantastic) Unfortunate side-effect of this is that the two sisters more than any other Bergman character feel less like well-rounded real persons and more like representations of personalities.
12. För att inte tala om alla dessa kvinnor [All These Women](1964): 5.0 - Sorry Ingmar but making a comedy out of hatred rarely works. Interesting fact: this was Bergman first movie in color. But he was so unsatisfied with the results, he became even more reluctant to move to color.
13. Persona (1966, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.5 - Bergmans's deconstructive surreal "masterpiece" which is meant to be experienced more than to be understood. While it's indeed a very good movie, what keeps this from being a real masterpiece in my view is that Bergman is after all a more rational than intuitive director (like f.e. Lynch).
14. Vargtimmen [Hour of the Wolf] (1968, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch):7.8 > 8.0
15. Skammen [Shame] (1968, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.5 > 8.5 - By keeping a background info and details about the war unknown, Bergman succeeds in making a touching movie that's purely about the innocent people caught up in a conflict.
16. En passion [The Passion of Anna] (1969, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.0 > 7.5
17. Riten [The Rite] (1969, Ingmar Bergman): 6.8 - Typical uneven effort; there are some good parts about it, like the acting, but the divided story structure doesn't work.
18. Fårö dokument (1970, Ingmar Bergman): 6.2
19. Fårö-dokument 1979 (1979, Ingmar Bergman): 6.5 - The only two non-fiction features Bergman made. The second one is slightly better, cause it gives more room to delve into the people portayed.
20.The Touch (1971, Ingmar Bergman): 7.0 - Bergman first movie that was (partly) in English is a movie about the quest for real human contact: the need and desire for love, and the difficulty of giving, accepting and sustaining it. This is clearly partly lost in translation; the English dialogues fall flat, while the well written characters proof Bergman didn't lost his written skills suddenly. Those well-rounded characters are brought to live by outstanding acting, especially by Anderson. Bergman's directing is not flawless tho, scenes do go on too long.
21.Viskningar och rop [Cries and Whispers] (1972, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 6.5 > 7.2

All from Sweden.
Working on that mountain, manShow
1. Edvard Munch (1974, Peter Watkins): 8.0
2. Sommarnattens leende [Smiles of a Summer Night] (1955, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 6.8 > 7.5
3. Det sjunde inseglet [The Seventh Seal] (1957, Ingmar Bergman) (rewatch): 8.2 > 8.5

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Post by allisoncm » May 1st, 2020, 4:54 pm

Thanks for hosting, albajos!

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Post by albajos » May 1st, 2020, 8:19 pm

I saw two

Elleville Elfrid (2020) Norway, 4 checks
They even had to get extra mortages on their house to get this movie off the ground. Usually will animated family films always find a huge audience, so it was worth the risk, but with the outbreak of Corona the cinema run was cut short so it's not easy to know if they still own their house anymore
Amundsen (2019) Norway, 77 checks
A legandary explorer. but this movie makes him out to be a crazy person. Reaching his goal (south pole) without regard of Scott's health (when it turned into a race, they may have made some stressful choices) or his dogs. All was sacrificable.

My plan was to see 33, all about the same trio (but produced in three different countries, with 3 different casts). I own 28 of them, so it's always 2022. Corona should be gone by then.

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Post by AssonFire » May 1st, 2020, 10:19 pm

Thanks for hosting, albajos.

Final list (top views in red):

1. Miss Julie (Alf Sjöberg / 1951 / Sweden) - 6/10
2. It Rains on Our Love (Ingmar Bergman / 1946 / Sweden) - 5/10
3. A Ship to India (Ingmar Bergman / 1947 / Sweden) - 6/10
4. One Summer of Happiness (Arne Mattsson / 1951 / Sweden) - 6/10
5. Fire in the Night (Arne Skouen / 1955 / Norway) - 4/10
6. Kon-Tiki (Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg / 2012 / UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden) - 4/10
7. My Sister, My Love (Vilgot Sjoman / 1966 / Sweden) - 6/10
8. Night Games (Mai Zetterling / 1966 / Sweden) - 4/10
9. Music in Darkness (Ingmar Bergman / 1948 / Sweden) - 4/10
10. An-Magritt (Arne Skouen / 1969 / Norway) - 5/10
11. Hunger (Henning Carlsen / 1966 / Denmark, Norway, Sweden) - 7/10
12. Three Strange Loves (Ingmar Bergman / 1949 / Sweden) - 7/10
13. TWIN: Sunday (Kristoffer Metcalfe / 2019 / Norway) - 7/10 + TWIN: Monday (Kristoffer Metcalfe / 2019 / Norway) - 7/10 + TWIN: Tuesday (Erika Calmeyer / 2019 / Norway) - 6/10
14. Montenegro (Dušan Makavejev / 1981 / Sweden) - 5/10
15. The Ice Palace (Per Blom / 1987 / Norway) - 4/10
16. Befrielsesbilleder (Lars von Trier / 1982 / Denmark) - 6/10
17. The Night Visitor (László Benedek / 1971 / Sweden) - 7/10
18. Sami Blood (Amanda Kernell / 2016 / Sweden, Denmark, Norway) - 6/10
19. Near Heaven, Near Earth (Jorgen Leth / 1968 / Denmark) - 3/10 + Hjärtat brinner (Ralph Lundsten / 1967 / Sweden) + Buldermanden (Jesper W. Nielsen / 1996 / Denmark) - 6/10
20. Draugasaga (Viðar Víkingsson / 1985 / Iceland) - 6/10
21. TWIN: Wednesday (Erika Calmeyer / 2019 / Norway) - 7/10 + Twin: Thursday (Erika Calmeyer / 2019 / Norway) - 6/10 + Twin: Friday (Erika Calmeyer / 2019 / Norway) - 6/10
22. The Simple-Minded Murderer (Hans Alfredson / 1982 / Sweden) - 6/10
23. A Tale of the Fiords (A Story to See and Hear) (Arne Sucksdorff / 1955 / Sweden) - 6/10 + Den drömda dalen - Soria Moria (Arne Sucksdorff / 1948 / Sweden) - 6/10 + Ogginoggen (Jesper W. Nielsen / 1997 / Denmark) - 7/10
24. Southern Comfort (Jesper W. Nielsen / 1997 / Denmark) - 6/10
25. Crime and Punishment (Aki Kaurismäki / 1983 / Finland) - 5/10
26. Daisy Diamond (Simon Staho / 2007 / Denmark) - 2/10
27. Rhythm of a City (Arne Sucksdorff / 1947 / Sweden) - 5/10 + M.A. Numminen Sings Wittgenstein (Claes Olsson / 1994 / Finland) - 3/10 + De nye lejere (Kenneth Kainz / 1996 / Denmark) - 5/10 + Incident by a Bank (Ruben Östlund / 2009 / Sweden) - 5/10 + Little Match Girl (Björne Larson / 2018 / Sweden) - 4/10
28. Queen of Hearts (May el-Toukhy / 2019 / Denmark) - 6/10
29. You Are Not Alone (Ernst Johansen, Lasse Nielsen / 1978 / Denmark) - 5/10
30. Occupied: April (Erik Skjoldbjærg / 2015 / Norway) - 5/10 + Occupied: May (Erik Skjoldbjærg / 2015 / Norway) - 5/10 + Occupied: June (Erik Richter Strand / 2015 / Norway) - 4/10
31. Occupied: July (Erik Richter Strand / 2015 / Norway) - 4/10 + Twin: Saturday (Kristoffer Metcalfe / 2019 / Norway) - 5/10 + Twin: Sunday (Kristoffer Metcalfe / 2019 / Norway) - 6/10
32. Play (Ruben Östlund / 2011 / Sweden) - 7/10
33. Nightwatch (Ole Bornedal / 1994 / Denmark) - 6/10
34. Big Game (Jalmari Helander / 2014 / Finland, United States, United Kingdom, Germany) - 2/10
35. No Such Thing (Hal Hartley / 2001 / United States, Iceland) - 2/10
36. 22 July (Paul Greengrass / 2018 / Norway) - 5/10
37. Holiday (Isabella Eklöf / 2018 / Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden) - 6/10

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Post by peeptoad » May 2nd, 2020, 1:08 pm

Thanks for hosting albajos!

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Post by albajos » May 2nd, 2020, 4:05 pm

AssonFire wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 10:19 pm
36. 22 July (Paul Greengrass / 2018 / Norway) - 5/10
Not eligible. imdb is wrong. No norwegian money in that one, only subcontractors.

Only one production company listed: Scott Rudin Productions whick is based in New York, USA

Sorry

But bonus points for watching Okkupert, which I was in :rolleyes:

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Post by AssonFire » May 4th, 2020, 9:56 pm

albajos wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 4:05 pm
AssonFire wrote:
May 1st, 2020, 10:19 pm
36. 22 July (Paul Greengrass / 2018 / Norway) - 5/10
Not eligible. imdb is wrong. No norwegian money in that one, only subcontractors.

Only one production company listed: Scott Rudin Productions whick is based in New York, USA

Sorry

But bonus points for watching Okkupert, which I was in :rolleyes:
Oh. Did you appear in the first 4 episodes? That's when I gave up, sadly. It has an interesting concept but it wasn't drawing me in.

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Post by albajos » May 4th, 2020, 10:14 pm

AssonFire wrote:
May 4th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Oh. Did you appear in the first 4 episodes?
I'm in episode 2. But just as an extra. But not many people in the scene, so easy to spot :ph43r:

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Post by AssonFire » May 4th, 2020, 10:58 pm

albajos wrote:
May 4th, 2020, 10:14 pm
AssonFire wrote:
May 4th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Oh. Did you appear in the first 4 episodes?
I'm in episode 2. But just as an extra. But not many people in the scene, so easy to spot :ph43r:
I'm thinking one of the shady Russians in the restaurant. <_<

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Post by albajos » May 4th, 2020, 11:33 pm

Participants:
Rank Participant Count Denmark Faroe Islands Finland Iceland Norway Sweden
1jajusu 100 6 80 2 6 6
2Traveller 92 10 13 1 35 35
3blueboybob 73 16 8 1 23 25
4Mario Gaborović 52 10 1 7 3 7 23
5sol 51 14 1 6 8 22


After 30 glorious Corona-filled days 30 participants grabbed a total of 664 points in the Nordic Challenge. That is 51 more points than two years ago. An average of 22,13 ehich easily beat the former record of 20,43.

Like last time, we got a local winner. jajusu going from 3rd last time to a clear victory this time. With 80% from Finland.

Last time we had 4 locals on top, but Traveller would not play it like that this time, and grabbed the runner-up spot.

In the bonus challenge, sol grabbed 6 Icelandic kvikmyndir. Til hamingju!


If you wonder about records: (we only counted countries in the last two ones)
Challenge: 160 albajos 2018
Denmark: 24 albajos 2018
Finland: 80 jajusu 2020
Iceland: 13 albajos 2018
Norway: 80 albajos 2018
Sweden 35 Traveller 2020

Greenalnd and Faroe Islands both have records of 1.

Aki Kaurismäki won last time, but it seems like Ingmar is going to take the director contest this time with double digits on the next one. Stats coming later this week.

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