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A Season of Scandinavian and Nordic Cinema
Brought you by Exeter Phoenix. Supported by Film Hub South West and West Midlands, part of the BFI Audience network.
Tales from the North – An Evening of Storytelling and Film
Hosted by Paul Crutchlow, Blind Ditch
An evening of traditional and visual story telling, immersing in the ways of the northern cultures.
Storytelling – 7pm:
Scandinavian Story telling by Emily Parrish
60mins (not suitable for ages 12 and under)
Emily Parrish is a bold and dynamic performer with a Swedish background and a passion for Norse mythology. Inspired by the boldest trickster of them all, Loki; Emily will lead you on an epic journey to the lands of ice and fire where darkness shades light on adversaries.
Film Screening – 8.30pm
Aatsinki – The Story of the Arctic Cowboys
USA / FINLAND, 2013, 84mins. Dir Jessica Oreck.
Presented in stunning visual story telling Aatsinki follows one year in the life of a family of reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland. A study of hard work, hard earned leisure, and an intricate bond between man and nature.
Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. Aatsinki follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land. It is a life of sweeping panoramas and commonplace details. The simplicity of the film allows the extraordinary action to shine through, whether it be a thousand reindeer cresting a hill or Aarne’s daughter opening a Christmas present.
Their story raises weighty questions about what it means to live with the land and invites audience members to reconsider their own assumptions about technology, food production, and, most critically, man’s place in nature.