Nordic Mini Film Festival held at Fudan University in Shanghai

The Consulates General of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, in cooperation with Nordic Centre, the Foreign Languages and Literature department at Fudan University, presented the best movies the respective countries’ cinema has to offer to 80 Chinese students at Fudan University in Shanghai on June 11 and 12.

According to a report put out by the Royal Danish Embassy in China, the movie ‘Snøhulemannan’ (The Snow Cave Man) kicked off the opening night, as 80 Chinese students as well as representatives from The Nordic Consulates General in Shanghai and Fudan’s Nordic Centre officially opened the Mini Film Festival at Fudan University. A story about Sverre Nøkling, a Norwegian man who chooses to live in the snow caves of the Norwegian mountains, it chronicles a year in his live and offers an alternative perspective on modern society as a whole.

The second film of the night was the Swedish ‘Eviga Ögonblick’ (Everlasting Memories), set in Sweden in the early 1900’s, it tells the story of a woman who discovers a passion for photography and her struggle to balance her passion and her roles as a wife and mother.

The evening of June 12th was opened by the Finnish contribution to the film festival, ‘Kohta 18’. The film tells five boys’ distinct yet interconnected stories. The common denominator for the stories is not only the boys’ friendship, but the struggles they face with their parents and themselves, while they are pursuing independence.

The film festival closed with the most well-known film of the four, Susanne Bier’s ‘Hævnen’ (In a Better World), which won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

More film festivals have been planned, the next one likely taking place at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July.

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