Nordic Film Fest in Austin
Sat, February 19, 2011 • 1:30 PM - 10:00 PM • Texas State History Museum Bob Bullock Theatre
American-Scandinavian Foundation Texas Associates Announces Nordic Film Fest in Austin
The American-Scandinavian Foundation Texas Associates (ASFTA) announces the eighth annual Nordic Film Fest to be held on Saturday, February 19 th at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum's Spirit of Texas Theater. The films will show from 1:30 pm to 10:00 pm. An after-party will follow at Shoal Creek Saloon.
The 2011 festival will include shorts such as We Who Stayed Behind, a beautiful Danish film from acclaimed music video director, Martin De Thurah, and the U.S. premiers of Norway's Kingdom Come and Sweden's Super Hero. Feature-length films include Norway's Troubled Waters, directed by Erik Poppe and Finland's Home of Dark Butterflies, as well as The Millenium Trilogy, a documentary about Stieg Larsson, author of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
“We’re glad to highlight Nordic works specifically at this festival,” says Nikolas White, ASFTA President. “In our eighth year we’ve become the venue in the region for film fans, bloggers, and critics to see the best films coming out of the Nordic countries.”
While the Scandinavian countries are small in size, their contributions to film captivate audiences around the world with works from filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman to Lars von Trier. The Austin festival is part of a network of Nordic Film Fests spanning across the U.S. that provides North American audiences a chance to enjoy the next generation of Scandinavian filmmakers. ASFTA intends for this event to draw members of the Central Texas Scandinavian community as well as film enthusiasts and media students. The 2011 Nordic Film Fest is produced with sponsorships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Danish Embassy, Swedish Embassy, Norwegian Embassy, Finnish Embassy, IKEA, University of Texas Germanic Studies Department, Swedish Excellence Endowment, and Swedish Women's Educational Association, and in partnership with the Swedish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film Centre, and Danish Film Institute. Raffles prizes have been donated by Copenhagen Imports, Twin Liquors, Synergy Fitness, and East Side Yoga. Ticket prices range from $10-$20 depending on the number of films participants choose to view. Ticket purchases are cash only and will be sold at the theater entrance on the day of the festival. There is an ATM located on the first floor of the museum. The Bob Bullock Texas State History
Museum is located at 1800 N. Congress Avenue at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in downtown Austin. Discounted parking will be available in the garage. The after-party will be held at Shoal Creek Saloon, located at 909 N. Lamar Blvd. For more information visit http://nordicfilmfest.com/austin/ and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=145985282123660.
The festival schedule runs as follows:
BLOCK ONE: 1:30 – 4:00pm
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We who stayed Behind (DEN)
Ping Pong for Singles (SWE)
Home of Dark Butterflies (FIN)
BREAK: 3:50 – 4:00
BLOCK TWO: 4:00 – 6:15pm
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Kingdom Come (NOR)
Dreams from the Woods (SWE)
Super Hero (SWE)
Veeti and the Beanstalk (FIN)
Millennium: The Story (SWE)
DINNER BREAK: 6:15 – 7:20
BLOCK 3: 7:30 – 10:00pm
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Epik Fail (ICE)
Troubled Water (NOR)
About The American-Scandinavian Foundation Texas Associates (ASFTA): ASFTA is based in Austin and acts as a local resource for cultural, social, and business connections for people with ties to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. The Foundation engages the Austin community through a monthly e-newsletter, happy hour events, the annual film festival, a Nordic Tenors concert, and other events of interest to Austin's Scandinavian population. For more information visit http://asftexas.com/.