San Sebastian hot for Nordic cinema


MADRID -- A total of 38 films will give the 55th annual San Sebastian Film Festival a touch of Cold Fever -- a retrospective of the New Nordic cinema, organizers revealed Friday.

Using 1995's birth of the Dogme film movement in Denmark as a launching pad, festival organizers say Nordic cinema has given rise to a revolution in turn-of-the-century filmmaking.

"But Dogme hasn't been the only focal point of films from Northern Europe, which has shown itself in the last 15 years to be one of the areas most capable of applying its own personality to depicting the doubts assailing human beings in the 21st century," organizers said in a statement.

This modern, cutting view of a society that heralds back to the films of Carl Dreyer and Ingmar Bergman has established a path for such directors as Lars Von Trier and Aki Kaurismaki and introduced a generation of filmmakers that includes Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Per Fly, Simon Staho, Lukas Moodysson, Hans Peter Molland, Bent Hamer and Baltsar Kormakur.

Cold Fever, which takes its name from the title of the 1995 Fridrik Thor Fridiksson film, is sponsored by the CICC Tabacalera-San Sebastian in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It includes 11 films from Denmark, seven from Sweden and 10 from Norway and four from Iceland.

Titles set to screen include Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (1996) and "The Idiots" (1998), Peter Schonau Fog's "The Art of Crying" (2006), Halns Petter Moland's "Zero Kelvin" (1995), Bjorn Runge's "Daybreak" (2003), Mona J. Hoel's "Cabin Fever" (2001) and Aki Kaurismaki's "Drifting Clouds" (1996) and "The Man Without a Past" (2002).

The festival runs Sept. 20-29.