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Country Wedding - Sveitabrúðkaup (ICE)

Country Wedding tells the story of Inga and Bardi, a couple who are about to marry in a small church in the Icelandic country side, an hour drive away from Reykjavik. Inga wants to keep things traditional and insists that the bride and groom must not see each other until the ceremony. Therefore, Inga and Bardi leave Reykjavik in two buses, with Inga and her family in one and Bardi and his family in the other. Things don't go as planned and not only do they have difficulties in finding the church, it turns out that almost everyone seems to have a skeleton in the closet.

This is Valdis Oskarsdottir's first feature as a director, but she is an acclaimed editor, having amongst other things received a BAFTA award for editing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Michel Gondry.

Director: Valdis Oskarsdottir Run Time: 99 min

11.12.2013. 19:24

Citizens - Kaupunkilaisia (FIN)

Finnish Marko and Somalian Yasin are today's temporary workers. These men have both ended up as citizens of Helsinki, for different reasons and unwillingly. The men hope they could provide a living for themselves and their families. They both are planning on having decent jobs and a sane everyday life. Marko wants to buy a car, and Yasin wants to get rid of his. So they meet each other and due to a misfortune, they have to adjust their plans.

Director: Juho Kuosmanen Run time: 29 min

11.12.2013. 19:23

Big Boy - Iso Poika (FIN)

"Is a first-grader still allowed to come to your lap?" the boy asks when the last day of the summer turns to night. Iso Poika is a documentary film about 7-year old Eeli, who feels very small and very big at the same time. Eeli is living in the middle ground between fear and safety, in the labyrinth of familiar and unfamilar things. He becomes a big brother, learns to read and learns to lie. His heart beats for a girl for the first time, and he promises to swear less if his friends promise it, too!

Iso Poika is a documentary which shows how adjusting to the requirements of the society takes its toll, and also how delightful it is when things go your way. What does it feel like when you don't know if you are big or small?

Director: Mia Halme Run time: 50 min

11.12.2013. 19:22

Finding Our Talk: Sami

The reindeer herding culture and language of Norway’ Sami people still thrives in the far north despite past government policies of assimilation. From a Sami language theatre company and a children’s radio program to a band taking a contemporary twist on the Sami musical tradition of yoiking, today’s Sami are incorporating their culture and language into their daily lives.

Part I: “A child remembers a lot more when he or she has experienced something and not just heard about it or seen it in a book or film.” – Sara Marielle Gaup, mother and singer in musical group, Adjagas

In the town of Guovdageaidnu, the cultural hub of the northern Sami, reindeer herding is a way of life. It is also home to the only high school in the world that teaches reindeer herding. Musician and mother Sara Marielle Gaup, whose band Adjagas takes a contemporary twist on the Sami musical tradition of yoiking, is determined to pass on the Sami language and culture to her own children. We follow Sara as she accompanies her daughter’s daycare class to a reindeer roundup.

Part II: “We wanted to tell about the conditions of that time. We show who we were, through our culture. We perform in our language along with traditional music, clothing, and yoiking.” - Ingor Antte Ailu Gaup, actor with the Beavvais Sami Theatre

Beavvais Sami Theatre, the only Sami language theatre in the country, promotes Sami stories, history and legends in the Sami language. We meet Ingor Antte Ailu Gaup, an accomplished actor and yoiker, who has been involved with the theatre since its inception in 1981. Ingor, along with his niece, Sara Marielle Gaup, sit down together to sing and explain the history of the Sami musical tradition of yoiking.

Part III:“It’s important to use modern technology in media to reach out to our children. We don’t sit by campfires telling stories anymore. We must make use of television, radio, the Internet and modern technology…and that’s my goal now.” – Rawdna Carita Eira, creator of children’s radio program, Manaid Radio Muitalus.

Guovdageainnu LagasRadio, Guovdageaidnu’s local radio station, broadcasts daily news in both Sami and Norwegian. Searching for new ways to connect with Sami youth, the station launched a children’s radio program entitled, Manaid Radio Muitalus. Rawdna Carita Eira who writes the program moved back to Guovdageaidnu so she could learn her language and pass Sami culture and traditions on to her daughter.

Director: Reaghan Tarbell Run time: 24 min

11.12.2013. 19:22

Seduction (NOR)

Seduction is an experimental short film contrasting the dryness of definition to some surreal instictive effects of seduction.

Director: Lars Løge Run time: 1 min

11.12.2013. 19:21

2014 Sponsors Include

Finlandia Foundation
Finlandia Foundation National is the most important private source of support for Finnish and Finnish-American culture in the U.S.

American Swedish Institute


Norwegian American Weekly


Albertsson Hansen Architecture

Borton Overseas

Consulate General of Sweden

Danish American Center


Gustavus Adolphus College

Luther College

Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program

Moods of Norway

Custom Woven Interiors

Finlandia Foundation
Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities

Gamle Ode

UiO International Summer School

Laurie Jacobi Original Designs in Wool


Northern Lavvu

Norway Connects

Norway House

Norwegian Glee Club

Polarn O. Pyret


Sámi Siida of North America

St. Olaf College

SWEA - Swedish Women's Educational Association International, Inc.

Trillium Tours

University of Minnesota Press

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

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