The Nordic Weird is coming! This year marks the second appearance of the multi-genre Nordic Days festival in Brno! Between the 20th and 30th October, the festival will present the art genres, such as fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, magic realism or horror, in a typically Nordic way. In addition to Brno, the festival events will also take place in Prague between the 22nd and 30th October.
The festival section in Brno is hosting Siri Pettersen, a Norwegian author known for her Raven Rings trilogy. She is going to talk about the third volume, The Might (Evna), which is coming out in Czech translation at the end of October. The literary session with Siri Pettersen, which will take place in the Moravian Library, will feature the author’s tips on “weird” Nordic books. Other events, namely a talk on Mendacious Old Norse sagas and a Fantastic Adventure for children, will follow, and two films will be screened. The festival opens with The Bothersome Man, a Kafkaesque Norwegian dystopia, whose plot in which the main character is desperately trying to escape his seemingly perfect life will make you lose your sleep easily. The second movie is Qaqqat Alanngui, a Greenlandic horror movie inspired by folk tales and legends, making use of setting the usual plot in an exotic environment.
Festival’s programme in Brno:
Nov 20th 6 PM Screening: The Bothersome Man (Moravian Library)
Nov 21st 6 PM Nordic Literary Salon with Siri Pettersen (Moravian Library)
Nov 25th 10–13 AM Fantastic Adventure for children (Jiří Mahen Library in Brno)
Nov 27th 6 PM Screening: Qaqqat Alanngui (Moravian Library)
Nov 30th 6 PM Lecture: Mendacious Old Norse sagas (Moravian Library)
All films are screened in the original sound with Czech subtitles.
Free entry to all the events.
Events in Nordic languages:
20th Nov, 6 PM The Bothersome Man
Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment – even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there’s no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to “the other side”? A new plan for escape is hatched.
In Norwegian with Czech subtitles.
21st Nov 6 PM Nordic Literary Salon with Siri Pettersen
The next session of our Nordic Literary Salon, a unique project that combines a discussion with a selected guest with tips on excellent Nordic literature, welcomes Siri Pettersen. In addition to discussing the Raven Rings trilogy with Jitka Jindříšková, its translator, issues that came up during the translation process will be dealt with. Furthermore, the best Nordic Weird recommendations will be mentioned.
In Norwegian and interpreted into Czech.
27th Nov 6 PM Screening: Qaqqat Alanngui
A group of young friends decide to go on a graduation trip for the weekend to a family owned cabin in the isolated mountains of Greenland. Once there, trouble manifests when they discover they aren’t alone, and there could actually be some truth behind a local urban legend.
In Greenlandic with Czech subtitles.
The festival is organised by the Scandinavian House in cooperation with the Moravian Library and Jiří Mahen Library in Brno, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Brno City Municipality and NORLA literary agency.