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Nordic cinema in focus at Transylvania International Film Festival

The upcoming Transilvania IFF.22 film list (June 9 - 18, Cluj-Napoca) will showcase an exciting selection of Nordic cinema, produced under the aegis of Scandinavian Films, the umbrella organisation for Nordic film institutes. The focus is made possible through a first-of-its-kind partnership between Transilvania IFF and the film institutes and embassies of the five countries in the region: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

Iceland is represented by Driving Mum (dir. Hilmar Oddsson), the story of a taciturn man, his recently deceased mother and one of the most talented dog actors on a road trip peppered with dark humour, and A Letter from Helga (dir. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir), a touching love story set in the Icelandic fjords in the 1940s. Northern Comfort  (dir. Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson), the anxious airplane adventure, opens this year's festival, and Mannvirki (2023), also part of the Smart7 section, is a fascinating experimental documentary about man's relationship with nature through the eyes of artist and director Gustav Geir Bollason.

The Nordic focus also extends into related sections. The first two episodes of the Icelandic miniseries Blackport (dir. Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Nina Dögg Filippusdóttir), will be screened in the Coming up Next section of the festival. The audience will also have the oportunity to enjoy classic films from the region, there among is  Murder Story (1977), the cult film from Iceland directed by Reynir Oddsson.

For more information on Transilvania IFF.22 and the Nordic Focus, visit the festival's site.