Festival Nordic Days 2017 in Prague

The Nordic Weird is coming! The 8th season of the multi-genre Nordic Days festival will present the art genres, such as fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, magic realism or horror, in a typically Nordic way. In addition to Prague, a few festival events will take place in Brno.

This year’s guests feature Siri Pettersen, a Norwegian author known for her Raven Rings trilogy. Coming both to Prague and Brno, she is going to talk about the third volume, The Might, which is coming out in Czech translation at the end of October. On the stage, she will be joined by Laura Linstedt, author of the 2015 Finlandia Prize winning novel Oneiron, recently published in a Czech translation. Come and watch both authors engage in a literary discussion in the Gulliver Airship of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Other highlights include a literary evening, focusing on the Nordic Weird, a Fantastic Adventure for children and four film screenings.

Various forms of the Nordic Weird will also be addressed on screen. The festival opens with Qaqqat Alanngui, a Greenlandic horror movie which sets the usual plot in an exotic environment. A Swedish parody of the sci-fi genre, called Kenny begins, and Astrópia, an Icelandic film inspired by role playing and geek culture, will also be screened. The plot of The Bothersome Man, a Kafkaesque Norwegian dystopia in which the main character is desperately trying to escape his seemingly perfect life, will make you lose your sleep easily.

Festival’s programme in Prague:

22nd Nov, 7 PM     Screening: Qaqqat Alanngui (Evald Cinema)
23rd Nov, 7 PM     Meet the authors: Siri Pettersen and Laura Lindstedt (Gulliver Airship in DOX)
24th Nov, 5 PM     Autograph session with Siri Pettersen (Luxor Bookstore at Václavské Square)
24th Nov, 7 PM     Screening: Kenny Begins (Evald Cinema)
25th Nov, 2-5 PM Fantastic Adventure for children (Municipal Library of Prague)
28th Nov, 7 PM     Literary evening with guests: Enthralled by the Nordic Weird (Studio Memory)
29th Nov, 7 PM     Screening: The Bothersome man (Evald Cinema)
30th Nov, 7 PM     Screening: Astrópia (Evald Cinema)

All films are screened in the original sound with Czech subtitles.

Events in Nordic languages:

22nd Nov, 7 PM Qaqqat Alanngui (Greenland, 2011, 127 min)

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

Entrance fee 120 CZK
Ticket reservation at www.evald.cz

23rd Nov, 7 PM Meet the authors: Siri Pettersen and Laura Lindstedt

This literary evening presents a real treat: Siri Pettersen, author of the renowned Raven Rings trilogy, and Laura Lindstedt, whose novel Oneiron won the 2015 Finlandia prize. In their works, both women are concerned with several social issues: the status of women and their role in today’s society, violence against women, and racial issues as well as the importance of tolerance or ecology. The venue is particularly suitable for this occasion, as the Gulliver Airship forms a unity of the world of fantasy and the shocking and unpleasant reality of our world, represented by the on-going exhibition OVER MY EYES: Stories of Iraq.

In Norwegian and Finnish, and interpreted into Czech.

Entrance fee 60 CZK (Concessions 40 CZK)
Due to limited seating capacity booking at rezervace@dox.cz is essential.

24th Nov, 7 PM Kenny begins (Sweden, 2009, 92 min)

Kenny Starfighter is probably the most hopeless student the Hero academics of the galaxy has ever had. But in his desperate attempt in graduating he accidentally crashes on earth and discovers Pontus, an earthling who accidentally stumbled upon an intergalactic crystal which gave him inhuman strength. Now Kenny must save Pontus from Rutger Oversmart who wants the powers from the crystal for himself and Pontus must save Kennys faith from failing school and ending up as a hairdresser.

In Swedish with Czech subtitles

Entrance fee 120 CZK
Ticket reservation at www.evald.cz

29th Nov, 7 PM The Bothersome man (Den Brysomme mannen, Norway/Iceland, 2006, 92 min)

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 and English subtitles

Entrance fee 120 CZK
Ticket reservation at www.evald.cz

30th Nov, 7 PM Astrópia (Iceland/Finland, 2007, 94 min)

When Hildur – a beautiful high society girl and a regular guest in the national celebrity press – finds out that her boyfriend Jolli is about to go into jail, she realizes she has to learn to stand on her own two feet. Hildur possessing no skills or any practical experience tries to find work but without success. She’s about to give up when by pure coincidence she lands a job selling role playing books and accessories at the local fantasy-shop Astropia. From that moment her life transforms…

In Icelandic with Czech subtitles

Entrance fee 120 CZK
Ticket reservation at www.evald.cz

The festival is organised by the Scandinavian House in cooperation with the Evald Cinema, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Studio Memory, the Municipal Library in Prague and Luxor Bookstore, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and NORLA and FILI literary agencies.


  • Skandinávský dům
  • Kino Evald
  • Studio Paměť
  • DOX
  • Městská knihovna v Praze


  • Ministerstvo kultury ČR
  • Cinemart
  • Periscope
  • Velvyslanectví Norska
  • Velvyslanectví Švédska
  • Velvyslanectví Dánska
  • Velvyslanectví Finska
  • FILI
  • DSV
  • Luxor
  • Nakladatelství Host
  • Nakladatelství Argo
  • Tumit
  • Unlimited Stories
  • Novasol
  • Skandinávská jazyková škola



Media partners

  • Pevnost
  • Tvar
  • Časopis Host
  • iLiteratura
  • Kulturio
  • Martinus
  • Červený koberec