Nordic Gems 3: Encounters 

Fresh shorts from Norway, Denmark and Iceland

A Day in July

Two years have gone by since Sofia lost her boyfriend at the Utøya-massacre, which she herself survived. She is struggling to engage with life; not knowing how to reignite her passion for dance, interact with her friends or have a life not defined by this incident. One day, she meets Leo, a Brit in town for a dance audition. Over the course of this one day with a stranger who knows nothing of her trauma, she allows herself to start the discovery of who she might become.

Orig. title: En dag i juli
Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Country: Norway
Year: 2018
Duration: 12 min

Anna feels obliged to visit her childhood friend, Julie on the island of Møn, where Julie still lives with her mother, Sonja. The three women are taking in the sun at the beach, when clouds begin to gather.

Director: Kristian Sejrbo Lidegaard
Country: Denmark
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min

Munda, a sixty years old woman pastor, has silently been harboring an obsession for over forty years. But one day when she finds out she is being forced to retire everything changes. On the brink of losing everything, Munda finally gathers the courage to confront her fears and hopeless desires.

Director: Tinna Hrafnsdóttir
Country: Iceland
Year: 2017
Duration: 19 min
No Man Is an Island

After a day of swimming and drinking by the river, Erffan, Amir and Carlos are joined by a man who calls himself Jesus. He brings a message of tolerance, reconciliation and brotherhood.

Director: Ali Parandian
Country: Norway
Year: 2017
Duration: 28 min