Friday, January 9, 2015

Upcoming Film Festival

If you’re in the Seattle area, check out the sixth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival from January 15-18, 2015, presented by The Nordic Heritage Museum. Features, documentaries and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will be shown at SIFF Film Center.

“The Nordic Lights Film Festival is one of the Museum’s most compelling programs,” said Nordic Heritage Museum CEO Eric Nelson. “By screening films that are both critically-acclaimed and wildly popular in the Nordic countries, we are able to connect our community to this intriguing component of contemporary Nordic culture.”

 One heartwarming film is a Norwegian documentary called The Optimists/Optimistene, which follows an extraordinary Hamar volleyball team consisting of ladies between 66 and 98 years of age. Director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor and cast member Anne-Grethe Westhagen will be attending the screening and the opening reception.

Festival passes are available for purchase. Prices are: $65 for the general public and $55 for Nordic Heritage Museum and SIFF Members. Single-ticket admission is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum Members and SIFF Members; $12 for the general public. Check out the festival page and purchase tickets here. 

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.

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