From the classics to the present, from the south to the north, these film widths are already covered by the European Scanorama Film Forum in the last 16 years. However, since the first festival, special attention is paid to Nordic cinema – Laura Čiginskaitė spoke about it with the initiator of the Gražina Arlickaitė festival.
– When Scanorama started, he said we do not know much about Nordic cinema. How is it today?
– I think the viewers of the Nordic film, as well as the world as a whole, learned much more. During this time, the Nordic countries began to play a very lively sound in the main film forums and developed an excellent system to promote national cinema, both financial and moral and valuable. In this regard, they can be an example. North Cinema has established itself in the general context of the world and Europe and in the minds of our viewers. Recognizing the Scandinavian, Nordic cinema as one of the most prominent European contexts, he testified that the choice of Scanorama was correct. The last 15 years have been very successful for the Nordic countries and very glad for Europe, since the silent Scandinavian countries have become the most commented countries. This is a very inspiring example and I am happy that this address was planned in 2003.
– In the festival this year special attention is paid to Icelandic cinema, the special program "Iceland – 100" is planned. What do we not know about the cinema of this country?
– For many years, Nordic cinema in Lithuania has been approached by two well-known names: Ingmar Bergman and Aki Kaurismäki of Finland. Iceland did not approach us or knew us, although he had and had a good director who produced great films. This program will also have a retrospective look for Iceland, we will present the films that made it famous for Iceland and Scanorama were shown to the Lithuanian public. I mean names like Dagor Kari (films "Albinos Noah", "Good Hearts"), Fredrik Thor Fridriksson, a contemporary Icelandic movie father and Baltasar Kormákuras, a former guest of ours, also known in the context of European theater and film . This year, we congratulate Iceland, celebrating its centenary, so we give such an exceptional attention to the Nordic retrospective program and we present its latest works.
– For contemporary Nordic cinema, the Scanorama program also has a special place, and the repertoire presents a variety of genres – from comedy to thriller. What would you distinguish from this excellent offer?
– How much an Icelandic movie "A Fighting Woman", successfully presented at the Cannes Film Review Week. It was created by Benedict Eriksson, whose band "About humans and horses" was recently presented. He also drew attention to a movie that may have less attention, but it is also important and profound: "Breathe normally" (directed by Ísolda Uggadóttir).
Those who want to experience the power and power of the action movie must see the Icelandic "Groboonis" (directed by Börgur Sigthorsson) or the Danish "Guilty" (directed by Gustav Möller).
We will also show two great Norwegian films: Camillos Strøm Henriksen's "Ascent of Ashes" filmed in Lithuania and "Blind Zone" by Tuva Novotny. The latter is one of Norway's best debates about the tradition of family perception, motherhood and happiness. He was amazed by the artistic maturity and triumph in the recent San Sebastián Festival, which won the Best Actor Award.
– Probably asking what country or region would the cinema be closest to us would be inappropriate?
– Really inadequate. However, if we talk about similarities and affinities, North Cinema must be distinguished. We are neighbors with a similar story. The Nordic countries were poor, but they became countries of prosperity. This is the source of inspiration for us.
Scanorama European Film Forum, November 8-25, Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai.