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Miami (dir. Zaida Bergroth)

BNFF 2018 shows Ottawa premieres by Scandinavian and Baltic filmmakers

By Greggory Clark on February 28, 2018



Eternal Summer (dir. Andreas Olman)

On March 9, the eighth annual BNFF opens with Swedish selection Eternal Summer, a romantic drama about a young pair whose cross-country road trip results in some less than lawful experiences.

Also featured are an eclectic mix of films from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway.

This year’s films are a wide cross section of genres and topics from gritty documentaries to coming-of-age stories to historical dramas and crime thrillers. Every screening is an Ottawa premiere presented in partnership with embassies of the Baltic and Nordic nations.

Staying Alive (dir. Charlotte Blom)

“[BNFF] is somehow already eight years old, and an increasingly popular addition to the Canadian Film Institute’s slate of international film festivals,” says CFI Executive Director Tom McSorley.

“This year, we are thrilled to hold the entire Festival in the Arts Court Theatre, right downtown. [BNFF] is filled with diverse and different films that will provoke, amuse, and entertain. Each edition just gets better and better!”

The festival begins with a one-off launch party on March 8 and features food and drink from none other than IKEA… as well as the host embassies. Come for the meatballs but stay for the gravlax. Highlights of the evening at Arts Court Theatre will include a screening of Karin’s Face by the legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

The program

Friday, March 9

  • Sweden: Eternal Summer (dir. Andreas Olman)

Saturday, March 10

  • Lithuania: Together Forever (dir. Lina Lužytė)
  • Iceland: Heartstone (dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson)

Sunday, March 11

  • Denmark: Key House Mirror (dir. Michael Noer)

Friday, March 16

  • Latvia: The Chronicle of Melanie (dir. Viesturs Kairišs)

Saturday, March 17

  • Estonia: Rodeo Taming a Wild Country (dir. Kiur Aarma, Raimo Jõerand)
  • Finland: Miami (dir. Zaida Bergroth)

Sunday, March 18

  • Norway: Staying Alive (dir. Charlotte Blom)

Bright Nights: The Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is running from March 8–19 at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave). Tickets cost $13 for general admission and $9 for Canadian Film Institute members and seniors. A full festival pass costs $50. Visit for a full schedule or to buy tickets online.