Berlin Diary #5 – Best from the North

February 10th, 2009 by Essi

Essi Suomela from Bronson Club is a guest writer for Beyond the Iron Sky blog. She’s one half of the writers for the new film blog Zombie Room. She is currently blogging from the Berlin International Film Festival.


Todays topic is about upcoming Scandinavian films. It seems that all the best movies are coming from the north this year. There has been a few movies that really got my interest in Berlin. One of the most intresting ones is Mammoth, directed by Lukas Moodysson. It is the first movie by the Swedish director to have done in english language. It is starring Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams. I´m really intrigued by this film all thought Moodyson has made a couple of really disturbing films in the past.

The long wait is almost over and director Lars von Trier finally has a new film to show, it is called Antichrist, a psychological thriller – that evolves into a horror film. Willem Dafoe and British actress Charlotte Gainsbourg are playing a couple who retreat to an isolated cabin in the woods following the death of their child. There, they soon start to encounter strange, terrifying occurrences. The film is now complited, but still there is not that much info on the film anywhere. I did have a change to meet someone in Berlin who had seen the film and she told me that the movie is absolutely amazing. I can´t waite to see this one!


Metropia is a Swedish sci-fi animation and it is directed by Tarik Saleh. The trailer is awesome and the look of the film is totally unique. It has a cool cast of probably the best indie actors in the world; Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis and Udo Kier. Set in Europe when the world is running out of oil and the net of undergrounds has been connected. Supposedly the movie follows a man who tries to stay away from the underground. He keeps hearing a strange voice in his head, and he soon finds out that his life is controlled in every detail.

Then we have Norwegian Nazi-zombie-movie Død snø (Dead Snow) directed by Tommy Wirkola. I was lucky enough to be invited to see Død snø , in a private screening during Os International Film Festivalen in Norway some months ago. The movie really is as good as it sounds and on top of that it is actually unique. I really like Tommy Wirkolas ability to combine homage with something new and interesting; not a very easy thing to do folks! Død snø is basically a teenager-slasher-horror-comedy with Nazi-zombies. The storyline is pretty basic; it’s about these teenagers that go up to a cabin in the mountains in the middle of winter and get ambushed by a bunch of zombies. Yeah, you know the drill… But this one really delivers, and all the clichés are used to benefit the film. You can see a lot of influences from past genre movies and it is filled with homage towards them. Everyone who likes these kinds of films will have a blast at the movie theater; I laughed my ass off!

Ein! Zwei! Die!

Then of course we have the science fiction comedy called Iron Sky, witch is Timo´s film and a horror movie called Sauna from Finland. Iron Sky won´t be completed this year, but it is definitely something to look forward to. There is also a cool ninja movie coming from Norway, but I can´t say much more about it yet. I have met the producer and maybe I could get an interview from him to add to our blog. I will definitely be following that project very closely and I will be posting more info about it soon. Also a zombie movie (not Stone’s War) from Finland is looking quite possible. More about that later…


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