New cooperation with the film industry in Belarus
Northern Lights Nordic Film Festival brings Belarusian filmmakers and movie enthusiasts together with Nordic filmmakers.
The film festival, which took place d. 21 to 24. in April 2016, is a collaboration between the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Nordic countries’ representations as well as numerous local partners in the two Belarusian cities Minsk and Vitebsk.
8 recent films from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark were shown during the four festival days in the cinema Mir Cinema in Vitebsk which is Belarus’s second oldest city and located near the Russian border with Russia. The film was also screened in the capital Minsk.
The theme of the festival this year was ‘Everyday beauty’ and a reminder to appreciate it. The eight films presented the contemporary Nordic film scene and were selected according to how they each manage to present a glimpse of the unique Nordic culture and mentality to the Belarusians. Especially as an insight to our democratic and artistic values.
The festival also illustrated how small nations like the Nordic countries can employ the medium of film and cinema to internationally promote their cultures.
Ole Christian Madsen’s film ‘Itsi Bitsi’ (2014) and Christoffer Boe’s ‘Sex, drugs and taxation’ (2013) were the two Danish film contributions to the festival. In addition, Danish Cultural Institute in Riga had arranged for film director Ole Christian Madsen to lead a workshop for young film and screenplay students.
Madsen gave a talk sharing his experiences as a film director – from Dogme film to presenting the Danish submission for an Oscar nomination and for his collaboration with HBO as the director of the Banshee series.
Head of DCI in Riga, Simon Drewsen Holmberg also held a seminar on Danish film and TV series’ international success.
Northern Lights Nordic Film Festival took place from April 21 to and was organized as a collaboration between the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the Nordic countries’ representations and numerous local partners in Minsk and Vitebsk.
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Photos: Ihar Chyshchenia
Northern Lights Film Festival in the Belarusian television channel Belsat TV (4:08 min into the broadcast)