Author Archives: Jitka

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Next station Finland: Finnish immigrant literature

How much sisu do you need to write in Finland?And what is a sisu anyway, and do only native Finns have one? And can a foreigner master Finnish enough to write a book in it? We invite you to the … Read More

Nordic climate fiction: About the books written by Emmi Itäranta and Jens Liljestrand

The forests are burning, the planet is dying, man is fleeing, but he is still alive. But at what cost? Swedish translator Hana Švolbová and Finnish translator Michal Švec will present Nordic novels set in the not-so-friendly near and distant … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: Burn All My Letters

Triangle of love and sadness A compelling Swedish drama in three timelines about Karin Stolpe’s complicated marriage to her husband Sven and her love affair with journalist Olof Lagercrantz. Karin, a young translator, spends the summer in Sigtuna with her … Read More

Next station Finland: Finnish immigrant literature

“Why move to Finland?” Presentation of the February issue of Plav magazine dedicated to Finnish immigrant literature. “How many different causes, paths, means of transport and crossroads of life can there be”, will be revealed by Jana Stárková and Tomáš … Read More

Nordic Literary Salon online: My Brother

In February we will have the Nordic Literary Salon online with Swedish literature. With translator Lucie Olešová, we will present the novel My Brother by Swedish author Karin Smirnoff (published by Kniha Zlín, 2024). This raw family drama full of … Read More

Nordic Literary Salon online: I Shall Find the Key

In the Nordic Literary Salon online in March, we will once again visit Sweden. With translator Karolina Kloučková we will present the detective novel I Shall Find the Key by Alex Ahndoril. Under this pseudonym is the married couple Alexandra … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: The Kiss

This year, the Scandi Festival invites you to the premiere of the Danish drama The Kiss (Kysset). The #ReadNordicFilm screening will be accompanied by a discussion with the film’s director Bille August and expert on Danish culture Robert Novotný. THE … Read More

Nordic Literary Salon online: The Moomins

The last Nordic Literary Salon online in 2023 will take us to the Nordic classics. We will talk to Swedish translator and editor Dagmar Hartlová about the new editions of the mummy books by Finnish-Swedish author Tove Jansson, which are … Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wish you a peaceful Christmas and all the best for a new year full of meetings, Nordic culture and travels to the North. The Scandinavian House Library will be open for the last time this year on Thursday 21 … Read More

General Assembly of the Scandinavian House

Like every year, the time has come to convene a meeting of the General Assembly, a body of association made up of all lawful members. This will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 7 pm at the Scandinavian House … Read More

Host in the North

The meeting over Scandinavian books by the publishing house Host, organized byScandinavian House, will offer tips for (not only) Christmas presents. Together withtranslators and editors Nikola Kochová, Pavla Nejedlá and Hana Švolbová, we will presentselected titles published during the past … Read More

Nordic fairy tales and folktales

What are the dangers of trolls and goblins? What does the castle of Soria Moria hide? How do the Inuit believe the sun was created? Come and get in the Christmas mood by talking about Nordic fairy tales and legends, … Read More

Nordic Literary Salon online: I Follow You

In October, the Nordic Literary Salon takes a look at Sweden and its history. Our guest speaker will be Ela Doležalová, a budding literary translator from Swedish, who has translated the book Půjdu s tebou (I Follow You) by Lina … Read More

Nordic Days 2023

The 14th edition of our Nordic culture festival will centre around the theme of islands! The Nordic Days Festival is scheduled to commence on October 31st in Brno and shortly thereafter in Prague, running until November 22nd. This year’s thematic … Read More

Opening hours of the Scandinavian House Library during summer 2024

Dear readers, during the summer holidays, the library’s opening hours will be limited. Borrowing will be automatically prolonged, if necessary you can contact us via e-mail Opening hours from July 1 to September 15, 2024: MON 8/7 15-19THU 18/7 … Read More

From Ibsen to Brattberg: Norwegian Drama on Czech Stages

What Norwegian drama does or does not occur on Czech stages? What is the situation with the translation and performing Norwegian classics or the latest dramatic texts? And what do the audiences think? The Scandinavian House and the Authors’ Reading … Read More

Books from the Country of Fjords and Mountains: Norwegian Literature (not only) in the Czech Translations

Is it true that everybody in Norway writes crime novels? What are the main topics in this literature right now? Is the Norwegian literature popular in the Czech Republic? Not only these questions will be answered during a discussion about … Read More

Norwegian Evening: Kjersti A. Skomsvold and Maria Navarro Skaranger

What is the flip side of life in Norway? Why do we tend to judge others? Is loneliness inevitable? And have you already chosen a verse for your death notice? Two writers, Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold and Maria Navarro Skaranger, have … Read More

Are Kalvø: stand-up Hiking to Hell

Norwegian stand-up comedian Are Kalvø grew up right in the middle of the postcard-perfect landscape of northwest Norway, on a farm under the mountains that people travel halfway across the planet to see. Yet he’s never been drawn to the … Read More

Author’s Reading Month: Norway

The Central European literary festival Author’s Reading Month was founded in 2000 in Brno and has spread to other cities over time. In 2023 it will take place in Brno, Ostrava, Bratislava, Prešov and Lviv. The MAČ comprises two main … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: Ninjababy

To be or not to be a mother When twenty-three-year-old artist Rakel discovers she is six months pregnant, her world is turned upside down. Her love life is in chaos and Rakel is nowhere near ready to become a mother. … Read More

Nordic literature evening 2023

The Scandinavian House and the Book World fair are organising a traditional literary evening with Nordic writers. Four Nordic authors have accepted the invitation to take part in the event: From 7 pm we will lead a discussion with Norwegian … Read More

Green Earth: a playful activities for children about nature and ecology

What does our planet look like and who are its inhabitants? How much do you know about animals and plants? Do you know how to sort waste? And why should we protect nature, after all? As a part of Argo … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: Summerlight… and Then Comes the Night

An adaptation of the novel Summerlight… and Then Comes the Night by the popular Icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson is coming to Czech cinemas. The premiere at the Scandi festival will be accompanied by a discussion with the nordist Marta … Read More

Argo in the North

We would like to invite you to a literary evening with the translators Jana Chmura-Svatošová, Linda Kaprová, Věra Kociánová and Michal Švec. They will introduce their new “Nordic” translations recently published by the Argo publishing house: We Know You Remember … Read More

General Assembly of the Scandinavian House

Like every year, the time has come to convene a meeting of the General Assembly, a body of association made up of all lawful members. This will take place on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6 pm at the Scandinavian House Office, … Read More

Not a Finn, nor a Swede…? Evening with Finland-Swedish Literature

The event will focus on Finland-Swedish literature – books written by Finland-Swedes, a Swedish speaking minority that has for many centuries lived especially on the southwest coast of Finland. You will learn more about history and the present situation of … Read More

Nordic Days 2022

Nordic Days 2022: the Nordics and the world. The thirteenth year of our annual festival is coming! The festival will start on the 2nd of November with a discussion with the Swedish author Matilda Voss Gustavsson, who has recently had … Read More

Library opening hours in September

From the 1st of September, our library goes back to the normal opening hours: MON 15–19, THU 13–17. There will be one exception only, the last week in September, since the 28th of September is a Czech national holiday, and … Read More

Eat&Read picnic or What are the Moomins snacking on?

The Scandinavian house Brno in cooperation with the Open Gardens invites you to a culinary and literary experience, this time intended especially for young children and their parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. In the Open Garden (Otevřená zahrada) grounds the … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: Sami Blood

Historical drama from the life of the Swedish Sami A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl called Elle Marja is exposed to the racism of the 1930s at her boarding school and starts dreaming of a different life. But to achieve it, she … Read More

Evening with the PLAV magazine: presentation of the Finland Swedish issue

This year’s sixth issue of the PLAV magazine is centred around the literature of Finland Swedes, the minority of Swedish-speaking people that have now for centuries lived in the South-West of Finland. You can read an essay about the local … Read More

Icebergs and Penguins: Andri Snær Magnason and Þórdís Helgadóttir

The Moravian-Slovak festival Authors’ Reading Month will introduce around thirty authors from Iceland. Three of them will also visit Prague. Hallgrímur Helgason visited (A)void Floating Gallery on the 4th of July. Andri Snær Magnason and Þórdís Helgadóttir are coming of … Read More

Books from the Country of Geysers and Volcanoes: Icelandic Literature (not only) in the Czech Translations

Is it true that almost every Icelander has published a book? What have been the main topics in the Icelandic literature since the WWII and what the Icelanders write about right now? Is Icelandic literature popular in the Czech Republic? … Read More

Discussion with an Icelandic author: Hallgrímur Helgason and Woman at 1000 degrees

Hallgrímur Helgason is one of the guests of this years Authors’ Reading Month, which takes place in Moravia and Slovakia and will be focused on Icelandic literature. But before he participates in this event, you will have a chance to … Read More

SH Library closed in July and August

Our library will be closed in both July and August, due to some repainting and refurbishing that we are planning to do in these two months. The opening hours of June will remain the same as the previous months (MONDAY … Read More

Literature of the Vikings?! Old North (not only) in the Czech Translations

What is the old Norse literature and what genres does it include? What kind of books were created in Scandinavia – and mainly on Iceland – one thousand years ago? Did the „literature of the Vikings“ only deal with bloody … Read More

Elk’s Trail: Family quest game

This year we are part of the Open Gardens Weekend in Brno! Join us on the Elk’s Trail in the footsteps of Nordic books on both wild and tamed nature. The quest game is intended not only for children, but … Read More

Nordic Literature Evening

The Scandinavian House and Book World Prague are once again organising the traditional Nordic literary evening! Four Scandinavian authors will be present: From 19:00, the Norwegian author Nina F. Grünfeld and Finnish author Petra Rautianen will discuss their books (newly translated into Czech!) with us. … Read More

Nordic literature at Book World Prague 2022

The biggest book fair in the Czech Republic will be taking place in June this year. And as has become a tradition, Nordic literature will be present! Since the exhibition grounds are undergoing a reconstruction this year, we will see … Read More

Leena Krohn’s Dystopian Night in Brno

On the occasion of the Czech publication of the novel Dreamdeath (Unelmakuolema), the Scandinavian House is organising a literary night dedicated to the great Finnish writer Leena Krohn. The translator of the book, Ema C. Stašová, together with the host … Read More

#ReadNordicFilm: Hour of the Wolf

On the last Sunday of April, we will stream the psychological horror movie Hour of the Wolf as a part of a small festival dedicated to Ingmar Bergman. The screening will be followed by a short debate with Zbyněk Černík, … Read More

Opening Hours of the SH Library during Easter 2022

Dear readers, on the 14th and 18th of April, the SH library will be closed due to Easter holiday. We wish you a nice holiday!SH Team

Exhibition Sent to the North in Brno

You will have the opportunity to see the exhibition Send to the North in Jiří Mahen Library in Brno from March 3 until March 28. The exhibition describes until now quite unknown destinies of about 1.500 Czech men who unvoluntarily … Read More

Movie and discussion: TOVE

The Finnish movie TOVE about the famous Swedish-speaking Finnish writer and painter Tove Jansson is finally approaching Czech cinemas. The Scandinavian House and Scandi festival present a screening of this movie followed by a discussion about Tove Jansson, her life … Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2022, hopefully with more opportunities to meet in person and discover Scandinavian culture together. Our library is going to be open on the 20th of December. … Read More

General Assembly of the Scandinavian House

Like every year, it is time to convene a meeting of the General Assembly, a body of association made up of all lawful members. This will take place on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5.30 pm at the Scandinavian House … Read More

Through the Baltic Countries: Travelling and Literature

It’s possible to get to know a foreign country with one’s own eyes, but also through books, and not only tourist guides. Real existing places are also present in fiction, and writers possess the gift of seeing them with sensitive … Read More

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 … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: ONE LAST DEAL

Elderly art dealer Olavi (Heikki Nousiainen) has always put business and art before everything – even his family – and on the brink of retirement, cannot imagine life without work. When an old painting at auction catches his attention, Olavi … Read More

Katariina Lillqvist’s short movies

In cooperation with the International Short Film Festival BRNO16 that takes place in kino Art in Brno, the Scandinavian house will show a series of short puppet films by the Finnish director Katariina Lillqvist. The evening comprises a short retrospective … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: Best of Nordic Shorts

In June 2019, the Scandinavian House organised the third year of the popular short film festival The Nordic Shorts. Now we have for the second time chosen the best of, one movie from each Nordic country, that shall be screened … Read More

Nordic Literature Evening

The Scandinavian house and the Book World Prague are hosting the traditional Nordic literature evening with Nordic authors. There will be three guests this year: Mikko-Pekka Heikkinen (Finland), Gunstein Bakke (Norway) and Anne Catherine Bomann (Denmark). Heikkinen’s The Reindeer Mafia … Read More

Nordic literature at the fair Book World Prague 2021

After several postponements, Book World Prague 2021 will finally take place in September 2021. Like many times before, Scandinavian literature will be represented. The Nordic stall (S117), as a joined project of the Scandinavian embassies and the honorary consulate of … Read More

Finnish Literature Weeks

The festival will be focused on the many faces of Finnish literature. The programme includes discussions with both Finnish and Czech guests, presentations of newly translated books, several film screenings and, last but not least, a pub quiz. Some of … Read More

Green Earth: let’s play and learn about ecology in Scandinavian style

Can you hit the king with a log? How would you pass our nature test? Do you know how to sort your trash? And do you know which female writer fought for animal rights? We would like to invite you … Read More

Green Earth: a playful event for children about nature and ecology

Are there any fluorescent critters? Can you name a tree by looking at its leaves or needles? Do you know which animal and plant species are endangered? What exactly is climate change? Do you know how to sort your trash? … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: ASTRID

Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof. Astrid Lindgren’s books have sold 150 million copies and she is one of the world’s ten most read authors. But who was she and where did her stories come from? Using unique archive materials, … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER

A poetic and warm documentary about the siblings Magnar and Oddny, which in their 70’ies are still running their family farm like it’s been done in generations before them. See from the outside, it’s almost like time has stood still, … Read More

Let’s talk Midsummer! Recording of the debate with the Nordic ambassadors

The solstice celebrations are associated with the beginning of summer and holidays and therefore with family time, countryside, burning bonfires or live music. In the North, we celebrate solstice with the same intensity as Christmas or Easter. Solstice is also … Read More

SH Library is opened

Based on the new measures of the Czech government, we are reopening the library of the Scandinavian House in Prague on the 19th of April, 2021. The opening hours are going to be Monday 15–20 and Thursday 13–17 (national holidays excluded) as usual. According … Read More


The Scandinavian House and the distribution company Film Europe begin the #ReadNordicFilm project which aims to present Scandinavian films connected to the region’s literature and offer an accompanying programme. #ReadNordicFilm Directing films based on books or biographies of famous authors is immensely … Read More

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We would like to wish you Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year: especially good health and an as-quick-as-possible return to the life full of Scandinavian culture and travelling (not only) to Northern Europe. Do you like … Read More

Let’s discuss Christmas! Online debate with Nordic ambassadors

Christmas is coming! And this year we are looking forward to it more than ever! Do you know where you can get presents from the Xmas goat julbocken and where from joulupukki (the real Santa Claus)? Do you know which … Read More

Nordic literary salon online: The Snow Sister

In December is the Nordic literary salon going to have a Christmas-themed debate. The guest is the translator from Norwegian, Karolína Stehlíková, with her translation of the book The Snow Sister written by Maja Lunde and illustrated by Lisa Aisato. … Read More

Nordic literary salon online: Temporary

The first guest of the new series of debates with translators, Nordic literary salon, is the translator from Finnish Vladimír Piskoř. The topic is Rosa Liksom’s book Temporary (Väliaikainen, 2014). Moderated by Michal Švec. The debate is going to be … Read More

Nordic Days 2020

The topic of this year’s Nordic Days Festival is the media. And even though we looked forward to meeting everyone in person, it seems somewhat fitting that the festival will take place either completely or nearly-completely online (streamed via the … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: THE KING’S CHOICE

On 9 April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian king faces a choice that will change his country forever – whether to submit to the German invasion and install a puppet government answering … Read More

Picnic with Nordic games: Let’s celebrate the Norwegian National Day!

Summer is in full swing, but the Scandinavian House Brno has prepared a postponed celebration on 17 May for you. This day is one of the most important Norwegian holidays in Norway, the so-called Grunnlovsdagen or Constitution Day. Since we … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: PALME

The life and death of the legendary Swedish politician On a Friday night in February 1986, Olof Palme was shot dead on the streets of Stockholm, changing Sweden forever overnight. Palme is the film about his life and times as … Read More

Kor-wegian evening with PLAV magazine

Rubbish, poverty, violence. Such is the future foreshadowed by Norwegian authors, and the present, as Korean female authors already see it. The evening introduces two national-themed issues of PLAV magazine, heading both to the harsh North (4/2020) and South (2/2020). … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: THE OPTIMISTS

Both funny and touching documentary movie about an extraordinary volleyball team There is no shortage of enthusiasm and humour in the volleyball team of retired women. Optimistene, a volleyball team for grandmothers, consists of 66 to 98 -year-old-women and exists … Read More

Swedish Literature Weeks

This spring brings an event centred on Swedish culture and literature. Karin Bojs, a Swedish journalist (My European Family: The First 54,000 Years), will pay Prague a visit, and so will Niklas Natt och Dag (1793), an author of historical crime … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: WHITE NIGHT

A psychological drama about Ulrich, a workaholic whose life takes a drastic turn when he is involved in a fatal accident. As his guilt grows, his life slowly crumbles around him. Next, an unpleasant event from his past rears its … Read More

Harri Ahonen: Travel&Eat

Finnish adventurer Harri Ahonen is going to visit Brno already for the third time! This time he will guide us on the most beautiful hikes in Southern Norway and share with us the best paths, national parks and his most … Read More

Travel Evening 2020

Do you miss a proper winter with loads of snow? Come to hear travel stories of the freezing North! The Scandinavian House in cooperation with Travellers’ Club (Klub cestovalů Praha) cordially invites you to its ninth year of intriguing travel lectures … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: Best of Nordic Shorts

In June 2019, the Scandinavian House organised the third year of the popular short film festival The Nordic Shorts. Now we have chosen the best of, one movie from each Nordic country, that shall be screened within Nordic Film Thursdays. … Read More

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wish you a merry Christmas holiday and all the best in the new year full of Nordic culture and trips to North. Library of The Scandinavian House will be closed from December 23, 2019 to January 1, 2020. We … Read More

Argo in the North

Argo publishing house, the Scandinavian house in Prague and Liberál Café are hereby inviting you to the literary evening which will, along with their translators (Marta Bartošková, Jana Holá, Zdeněk Lyčka and Anežka Melounová), introduce four “northern” books recently published … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: A ONE-WAY TO ANTIBES

Dark Swedish comedy on inheritance and growing old   We invite you to the very last Nordic Fim Thursday this year. Richard Hobert’s A One-way to Antibes is a dark and dramatic comedy about a widower called George who unexpectedly gets … Read More

Nordic Days 2019 PRAGUE

The journey and the many meanings of the word as the theme of this year’s Nordic Days.  The annual festival of Scandinavian culture will be commenced with a debate: the Tracks of Scandinavian and Czech diplomacy with the current ambassador of Norway … Read More

Who’s afraid of Ibsen? Theatre evening with Ghosts

The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Dejvice Theatre put on the stage Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts as a part of the Nordic Theatre Evenings project. Karolina Stehlíková, a Nordic culture specialist, will shortly introduce the drama beforehand, and a … Read More

Hitchhiker and xenolinguist Yens Wahlgren in Prague

At the beginning of October, Swedish author, journalist and expert on artificial languages, Yens Wahlgren, will visit Prague. He has already introduced himself to the Czech audience with his book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy of Languages, which has … Read More

European Day of Languages 2019

European Day of Languages is knocking on the door again! On 26th September 2019, come to Gallery Lucerna and try one or more of almost 30 languages during the traditional Speak Dating which offers short 5 min sessions with professional … Read More

End of School Year with the Little Reindeer

Lions, giraffes, zebras and antelopes… You might be familiar with them, but do you know what the life of wild reindeers within the Arctic Circle looks like? Come to learn more about them and join us at the Čertova Rokle … Read More

The Nordic Shorts

The Scandinavian House in cooperation with the Evald cinema cordially invites you to the third year of the short film festival The Nordic Shorts. During this festival you will have the opportunity to see about thirty contemporary short films from Denmark, Finland, … Read More

Reportage against terrorism: a discussion with Gellert Tamas and Ivana Svobodová

Journey to the soil where xenophobia and fear have their roots The Scandinavian House in Prague in cooperation with Absynt publishing house and DOX Centre for Contemporary Art are inviting you to a discussion with the Swedish author Gellert Tamas … Read More

Finnish tenacity as a key to a better life (?)

According to The United Nations, Finland is the third happiest country in the world. But… How come? The lifestyle of Nordic countries is getting more and more attention worldwide, yet unlike Danish hygge and Swedish lagom, Finnish sisu is not … Read More

Theatre evening with Theatre World Brno festival

The Scandinavian House in Prague and International festival Theatre World Brno are preparing four introductions and one debate for the Scandinavian plays within the festival. For the first time ever in Brno, Ibsen will be played in Norwegian! Visjoner teater … Read More

Nordic Literature Evening

Welcome to traditional literary evening with Nordic writers organised by The Scandinavian House in Prague and the Book World Prague! Four authors have accepted our invitation: From 7 PM, we will have a discussion with Finnish author Rosa Liksom and Danish author Ida … Read More

Picnic with Nordic games: Let’s celebrate the Norwegian National Day!

Come and celebrate with us the “syttende mai” – Norwegian National Day! Celebration will be connected with favourite picnic full of Nordic games. You can look forward to traditional Nordic games – for example Swedish kubb, Finnish mölkky, Norwegian sekkeløp … Read More

The fragrance of (not only) Nordic crime literature: Mons Kallentoft and Michal Sýkora

How do you spice up a crime story? Swedish writer Mons Kallentoft will introduce the tenth volume of the Devils Scent saga that has just been translated into Czech. With Michal Sýkora, the author of the stories of Marie Výrová, … Read More

Celebration party of Ethnic Groups and Boundaries

The Department of Ethnology (Charles University) invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the single most important book about ethnicity Ethnic Groups and Boundaries, F. Barth (ed.), 1969, and the presentation of a publication Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today: … Read More

Norwegian Literature Weeks

The spring of this year will revolve around Norwegian literature. Prague will host the Norwegian humorist Roger Pihl (Mannen som ikke ville hjem; The Man that Didn‘t Want To Go Back Home) and comic book writer Marta Breen (Kvinner i … Read More

Harri Ahonen: Hikes in Northern Norway

The travel lecture Hikes in Northern Norway will present the most beautiful one-day treks you can experience in this part of Scandinavia. We will see the fjords, Norrlandʹs costline, archipelagos Lofoten and Vesterålen or Sjunkhatten National Park, and get to … Read More

Nightingales, mermaids and aching teeth: discussing H. C. Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales have found their indisputable place on the bookshelves of Czech homes as well as in the hearts of generations of young readers. But… Who are the tales actually written for? Who was in fact this … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: EXCUSE ME

Black comedy with a father, a dog and a murder Excuse Me’ is a love fable of the young beautiful but confused, Helene, who according to her domineering mother has come into the world as a ‘technical hitch’. Helene’s search … Read More

Nightingales, mermaids and aching teeth: launch party

Why are Andersen’s fairy tales so disturbing? As Andersen wrote down a month before his death: “No sculptor knows me, nor has ever seen me read. He does not know that I do not write with kids on my lap … Read More

Discussion: The spy that was too late – the Czechoslovak secret service in Norway

Norwegian journalist and writer Terje B. Englund is a specialist about Eastern and Central Europe: especially about the Czech Republic, where he has been living and studying Czech for the past 25 years. His last publication has been mapping the … Read More

Nordic Film Thursdays: EVERLASTING MOMENTS

Historical drama based on a true story A celebrated movie directed by Jan Troell tells the story of a seemingly ordinary (and definitely a poor) woman. Marie Larsson has seven kids and works from dawn to dust, while her husband … Read More