Scandinavian Films

 

DVDs in Scandinavian Languages


After the Wedding / Efter Brylluppet
Director: Susanne Bier
2007 (2006)
Jacob runs a struggling orphanage in one of India’s poorest regions. Desperate to save an orphanage from closing, he returns to Denmark to meet Jorgen, a wealthy businessman and potential benefactor. What appears to be nothing more than a friendly gesture to attend a wedding sets in motion an increasingly devastating series of surprises, revelations, and confessions that will forever change their lives. 119 min. In Danish or dubbed English.
Call number: DVD afte

Cries and Whispers / Viskningar Och Rop
Director: Ingmar Bergman
2001 (1972)
A story of four women’s search for spiritual peace. Agnes, a spinster who lives with her housekeeper, is dying of cancer, and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes, tortured by cancer, is able to transcend her sisters’ pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror. 91 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.
Call number: DVD crie

Elling
Director: Petter Næss
2002 (2001)
After a two year stint in a state home, the shy and neurotic Elling and his sex-obsessed best friend are released and forced to enter the real world. They find themselves in a state funded apartment in the center of Oslo, told to behave responsibly and act like normal members of society. In time, the two adjust and find oddball ways of coping with society. Based on “Brødre i Blodet” by Ingvar Ambjørnsen. 89 min. Norwegian dialogue, English subtitles.
Call number: DVD elli

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
2010
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found and her beloved uncle is convinced she was murdered and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced investigative journalist Mickael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled yet resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. 152 min. Swedish dialogue, English subtitles.
Call number: DVD girl

The Girls
Director: Mai Zetterling
2006 (1968)
Three actresses prepare for their road trip for a theater production of Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ classic comedic play about war and women. As they deal with issues in their private lives, they realize the similarities they have with the characters. 100 min. Swedish dialogue, optional English or French subtitles.
Call number: DVD girl

The Inheritance / Arven
Director: Per Fly
2003
A young man is torn between his individual hopes and his sense of duty when his father dies and he is expected to take over the family industry. In Danish, Swedish, French, Norwegian with English subtitles. 115 min.
Call number: DVD inhe

Intermezzo
Director: Molander Gustaf
1998 (1936)
A world famous violinist’s life is turned upside down when he has an affair with a beautiful, aspiring pianist. In Swedish with English subtitles. 115 min.
Call number: DVD inte

Italian for Beginners / Italiensk for Begyndere
Director: Lone Scherfig
2002 (2000)
Italian language students find romance. In Danish and Italian. 112 min.
Call number: DVD ital

Kitchen Stories / Salmer Fra Kjøkkenet
Director: Bent Hamer
2003
A Swedish efficiency researcher is sent to improve a Norwegian farmer’s kitchen habits. There is a rule that they must not speak to each other. This rule is ignored and the men become fast friends, passing afternoons sipping coffee and telling stories. Norwegian and Swedish dialogue, English subtitles. 95 min.
Call number: DVD kitc

The Magic Flute / Trollflojten
Director: Ingmar Bergamn
2002 (1975)
An opera by Mozart, in which a handsome young man is enlisted to rescue the Queen of Night’s daughter from an evil sorcerer. 135 min. In Swedish.
Call number: DVD magi

The Man Without a Past / Mies Vailla Menneisyyttä
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
2002
When a laborer arrives in Helsinki in search of a job, he gets a brutal surprise beating in a local park by a group of thugs instead. He miraculously survives, but amnesia prevents him from remembering anything, including his name. Soon, a Salvation Army worker develops a shy interest in him, and a sweet, natural romance begins between the two. But just as the man’s life begins to make sense again, his past suddenly returns to haunt him. 96 min. In Finnish.
Call number: DVD manw

Reprise
Director: Joachim Trier
2008
Follows two aspiring novelists and lifelong friends journeying down different paths after one’s first novel receives wild acclaim and the other a pile of rejection slips. 107 min. Norwegian dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles.
Call number: DVD repr

The Seventh Seal / Sjunde Inseglet
Director: Ingmar Bergman
1998 (1957)
In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused. In Swedish with English subtitles, and with an optional English track. 96 min.
Call number: DVD seve

Show Me Love
Director: Lukas Moodysson
2000 (1998)
Story of Agnes and Elin and their teenage friends growing up in the small town of Amål. When Elin shows up at Agnes’ birthday party, Elin’s life takes an unexpected turn. Stuck in the middle of two love interests, Elin tried to come to terms with her real self, and the courage it takes to be different. In Swedish with English subtitles. 89 min.
Call number: DVD show

Together / Tillsammans
Director: Lukas Moodysson
2004 (2000)
Elisabeth tires of her husband Rolf, so she packs her bags, takes the kids and goes to her brother Göran. The year is 1975 and Göran lives in a commune called Together. Living in this leftist commune are people between the ages of 25 and 35, along with their children. In Swedish with English subtitles. 107 min.
Call number: DVD toge

 

VHS tapes in Scandinavian Languages


Babette’s Feast
Director: Gabriel Axel
1987
On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeeper and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, (who is never called upon to cook anything more complicated or mouth-watering than boiled codfish or soup), wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal. In French and Danish, based on the story by Isak Dinesen.
Call number: VHS PN 1997 .B215