Nordic Days 2021

The topic of already the twelfth year of the festival of Nordic culture is facts versus fiction. Nordic Days 2021 will begin with a (first-ever in the Czech Republic in cinemas!) screening of the Swedish documentary Stieg Larsson: The Man Who Played With Fire. Other movies screened as a part of the festival are The Idealist, a Danish thriller based on a true story, and the Norwegian drama The 12th Man about Norwegian resistance during the Nazi occupation and survival in the harsh nature.

The main guests of the festival are Elisabeth Åsbrink, the Swedish journalist and the author of And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Family Torn Apart by War and the Lithuanian author Alvydas Šlepikas, whose book My name is Marytė has recently been translated into Czech. The discussion will take place in both Prague and Brno, with the aim to show the different means to show how differently WWII and its aftermath have been described in fiction and non-fiction.

Reality and fiction in literature will also be discussed in the other two prepared debates: the introduction to the newest titles Old-Norse literature (Prague) and the personality and work of the Finnish classic Mika Waltari (Brno).

THE PROGRAMME IN PRAGUE:

23. 11. 18:30 Screening: Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire (Evald Cinema)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at www.evald.cz
25. 11. 19:00 Traces of War: Elisabeth Åsbrink & Alvydas Šlepikas (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art)
– in Swedish and Lithuanian, interpreted into Czech; tickets at www.dox.cz
26. 11. 19:00 Lies, Fiction and Facts in Old Norse Sagas (Studio Paměť)
– in Czech; voluntary contribution
1. 12. 18:00 Travelling Around the Baltic Countries (Dům čtení – Municipal Library of Prague)
– in Czech; admission free
2. 12. 18:00 Screening: The 12th Man (Evald Cinema)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at www.evald.cz
7. 12. 19:00 Screening: The Idealist (Edison Filmhub)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at https://edisonfilmhub.cz

Accompanying event – the Arctic Festival:

8. 12. 18:00 Screening: Amundsen (Evald Cinema)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at www.evald.cz

23. 11. 20:00 Screening: Stieg Larsson – The Man Who Played With Fire (Art Cinema)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at www.kinoart.cz
24. 11. 19:00 Traces of War: Elisabeth Åsbrink & Alvydas Šlepikas (Löw-Beer villa)
– in Swedish and Lithuanian, interpreted into Czech; voluntary contribution
30. 11. 18:00 Mika Waltari: Historian or Fabulator? (Jiří Mahen Library)
– in Czech; admission free
2. 12. 20:00 Screening: The Idealist (Art Cinema)
– in original sound with Czech subtitles; tickets at www.kinoart.cz

THE PROGRAMME IN BRNO:

The festival has been organised by the Scandinavian House with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, Brno City Municipality, Nordic Embassies in the Czech Republic and the Lithuanian Cultural Institute (LCI).