The Scandinavian House is holding the seventh season of a succesful yearly multi-genre festival Nordic Days in cooperation with Cinema Evald, Literary Café Řetězová, Café Potrvá and Café Liberál and as a part of the literary campaign #ReadNordic. Nordic Days 2016 will take place from the 23rd November to 2nd December and this year’s theme is music as a motif in film and literature.
The guests of the festival Nordic Days are the Norwegian writer Lars Saabye Christensen, the author of the cult novel Beatles and recipient of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and the Swedish author Katarina Bivald who wrote the internationally popular feel-good novel The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. As every year there is a popular discussion with both authors. The programme also includes a poetry evening, a lecture about Nordic film, and four movie screenings.
23. 11. 19:00 Screening: Beatles (Evald Cinema)
24. 11. 19:00 Meeting with writers: Lars Saabye Christensen and Katarina Bivald (Literary Café Řetězová)
25. 11. 19:00 Screening: Heima (Evald Cinema)
29. 11. 19:00 Evening of Music and Poetry: Edith Södergran and Silvie Moresten (Café Liberál) In Czech.
30. 11. 19:00 Lecture: Contemporary Tendencies in Nordic Film (Café Potrvá) In Czech. THE LECTURE IS CANCELLED.
1. 12. 19:00 Screening: Metalhead (Evald Cinema)
2. 12. 19:00 Screening: Shed No Tears (Evald Cinema)
All films are screened in the original sound with Czech subtitles, entrance is 110 CZK.
The meeting with writers will be held in Norwegian and Swedish and interpreted into Czech, free entrance.
Other events will be held in Czech.
Events in Nordic languages:
23. 11. 19:00 BEATLES (Norway, 2014, 114 min)
Four teenage boys come of age in Oslo at the time when Beatlemania hit Norway. Kim, Gunnar, Ola and Seb each take on one of the Fab Four’s names and plan to start their own band during a time of great political upheaval. At the same time, they blunder through their formative years in ways all at once endearing, entertaining, and heartbreaking. The boys struggle with archaic textbooks and ancient teachers, attempt to be rebellious, and, of course, discover girls. The time is changing as well as their friendship.
Based on Lars Saabye Christensen’s beloved bestseller of the same title.
24. 11. 19:00 MEETING WITH WRITERS: Lars Saabye Christensen and Katarina Bivald
This year`s discussion with authors will be focused on music as a literary theme and inspiration. The guests are the Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen and the Swedish writer Katarina Bivald. Lars Saabye Christensen is the best known for his novels, for example Beatles and The Half Brother, but he has also written poetry and drama. Christensen is recipient of the Nordic Council Literature Prize, he also received the Tarjei Vesaas’ prize for that year’s best Norwegian literary début for his first volume of poetry. Katarina Bivald debuted in 2013 with the novel The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend which has already been translated into 25 languages and reached popularity worldwide.
25. 11. 19:00 HEIMA (Iceland, 2007, 97 min)
In the summer of 2006, the world famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós returned home to play a series of free, unannounced concerts for the people of Iceland. This film documents their already legendary tour with intimate reflections from the band and a handful of new acoustic performances.
1. 12. 19:00 METALHEAD (Iceland, 2013, 97 min)
It is the year 1970. As Black Sabbath records their first album and marks the birth of Heavy Metal, Hera Karlsdottir is born on the cowshed floor at her parents farm in rural Iceland. But the girl is soon caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.
2. 12. 19:00 SHED NO TEARS (Sweden, 2013, 119 min)
Pål dreams of success in the world of music but there is an obstacle; himself. His tendency to become lost in deep thought continually lands him in trouble. We follow Pål on a emotional inner-journey to find his calling in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. This film was inspired by the life of Håkan Hellström, one of the most prominent contemporary Swedish rock stars.
The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech republic, Prague City Hall, the embassies of Nordic countries in Prague and literary foundation NORLA. The screenings are held in cooperation with the Swedish Film Institute, Swedish Institute and production companies Storm Rosenberg, Mystery and Big Dipper Productions.