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Nordic/Benelux Challenge; Official - July 2014
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Nordic / Benelux Challenge
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Goal: Watch as many movies from the Nordic countries as well as Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Eligible countries


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Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series or tv shows (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series or tv shows with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minutes rule applies.
- Rewatches are welcome (But only once)

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Award lists


Director filmographies


Eligible 500<400 films


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01. Buksemannen 32
02. jajusu 31
03. kisbye 26
04. bjorman 21
05. mjf314 20
06. ataraxic 19
07. ryebass 13
08. 3eyes 12
09. Lonewolf2003 12
10. cinephage 9
11. jvv 7
12. Fergenaprido 6
13. Rad82 5
14. globetrotter 4
15. Dolwphin 3
16. Daviddoes 2
17. Gershwin 2
18. allisoncm 1
19. edkrak 1
20. jgwr 0
21. Melvelet 0
Edited by Buksemannen, Aug 1 2014, 05:49:25 PM.
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I'm in (mostly for Nordic countries).
500<400 films (there are quite a few Norwegian films!), Bergman, Some 60s films from the FLM list.
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I guess I have some films from those countries in my backlog, so I'm in.
Any recommendations for Åland Islands? :D
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I'm in.

And guys, don't forget to watch some Nanouk Leopold films. Especially her last film is quite good.
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I'm in. Am to get my Tin Star (25%) on the Norway list.

So disappointed that I can't watch Død snø 31 times and get credit for it.

Just to be clear: The Dardenne Brothers count? French-language Belgian films, that is?
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Jun 30 2014, 08:48:13 PM
Just to be clear: The Dardenne Brothers count? French-language Belgian films, that is?
French is an official language in Belgium so yes!
Edited by Buksemannen, Jun 30 2014, 09:05:05 PM.
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01. Det sjunde inseglet (1957) Re-watch
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Jun 30 2014, 07:17:11 PM
Any recommendations for Åland Islands? :D
I can't find anything on IMDb, but there are some videos on Youtube that were made in the Aland Islands.

Edit: I found 2! Unfortunately, they don't seem to be available. Edit: Iris is available on Amazon.

Iris (2011) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606618/reference (trailer)
Lärjungen (2013) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194988/reference
Edited by mjf314, Jun 30 2014, 09:44:57 PM.
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More filmographies:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/carl+theodor+dreyer+filmography/bal3x/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/victor+sjostrom+filmography/bal3x/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/jan+troell+filmography/cc+baxter/
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/roy+andersson+filmography/cc+baxter/
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I'm in. I'll add some more lists to the first post tomorrow.
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I'll try to watch a handful.
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1. Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd / The flight of the Eagle (Swe 82)
Dramatization of a failed Swedish attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon in 1897.
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I'll be focusing on the documentary challenge this month, but I might find time for a few of these.
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Jul 1 2014, 03:57:52 AM
I'll be focusing on the documentary challenge this month, but I might find time for a few of these.
Hows about some Nordic documentaries? add ?tags=genre%3Adocumentary to the end of an icm list url and you might find some. There are a few in the first few lists I checked.
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I'll give this one a go. It's a shame that of all these countries I've only seen one Danish and one Dutch film (though I may be missing a few French-Belgian coproductions). I've got a few films on my laptop already, so I'll aim to watch those first: Patrik 1.5, Fanny och Alexander, Festen, Zwartboek, & Død snø.

Actually, that's almost one from each country, so maybe that will be my goal. Now to see if my library has anything from Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Luxembourg, or the Faroes.

Edit: I discovered that I have indeed seen one Belgian film, bringing my total now to 3!
Previously seen films before the challenge


P.S. How do I get accents to work properly here? Unicode? Okay so html-code seems to be the way to go, unless there's a simpler way.
Edited by Fergenaprido, Jul 3 2014, 09:13:41 AM.
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Jul 1 2014, 05:22:39 AM
Fanny och Alexander, Festen, Zwartboek
Those are great films m8. :)

I envy you, since I've already seen them. :P

This is a good chance for people to also watch the belgian "Broken Circle Breakdown" and the danish "The Hunt" which were amazing foreign language oscar nominees during the last year. Loved both of them for too many reasons to explain...

Count me also in, though I'll probably just watch a few since there's a Roger Ebert challenge during the same month unfortunately...

PS : And it's a really hot SUMMER coming as it seems !!
Edited by Rad82, Jul 2 2014, 07:36:06 AM.
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Jul 1 2014, 05:22:39 AM
Actually, that's almost one from each country, so maybe that will be my goal. Now to see if my library has anything from Finland, Iceland, Belgium, Luxembourg, or the Faroes.
If it's a good library, you'll probably be able to find a Kaurismaki film for Finland and a Dardenne film for Belgium. I think the most famous Faroese film is Bye Bye Blue Bird but I haven't seen it so I don't know if it's good.
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02. Reprise (2006)
03. Kalde spor (1962)

Nordic/Benelux progress
Edited by Buksemannen, Jul 1 2014, 12:23:37 PM.
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Count me in. Going to watch some Nordic movies.
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Count me in. Now the World Cup is in it's end phase and the school year is over, I will have more time again to watch some movies.
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It would have been cool if those who wants could choose 1 film that they would like to recommend for the challenge, preferably an obscure film with few checks, just to spice things up a little. Non-participants is also welcomed to recommend a film. I could add them to the first post. What do you guys think of this idea?
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Jul 1 2014, 09:48:52 PM
It would have been cool if those who wants could choose 1 film that they would like to recommend for the challenge, preferably an obscure film with few checks, just to spice things up a little. Non-participants is also welcomed to recommend a film. I could add them to the first post. What do you guys think of this idea?
It might also be useful to have a list of eligible films on the 500<400 list. Here are the search links. If someone wants to make a ranked list, that would be even better. A few of these films are co-productions so not all of them are eligible.

Belgium: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=be&lists=ls056918013
Denmark: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=dk&lists=ls056918013
Finland: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=fi&lists=ls056918013
Netherlands: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=nl&lists=ls056918013
Norway: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=no&lists=ls056918013
Sweden: http://www.imdb.com/search/title?countries=se&lists=ls056918013
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Does Belgium vs USA count? It was quite long, but highly entertaining. I won't give any spoilers, but one of them wins in the end. 9/10.
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I added some more lists to the first post. I also added a list of eligible 500<400 films. There were a few co-productions that I wasn't sure about, so let me know if you think something on the list should be removed.
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2. Lorna's silence (Belg 08)
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Ahhhhh yes USA Belgium...real tearjerker (depending of course upon your allegiance) and the last 15 minutes on edge of seat...still recovering.
Edited by ryebass, Jul 2 2014, 02:56:14 AM.
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1. Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (2008)
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I also wanted to note this small favorite list of mine I found in icheckmovies by random searching, with particularly decent choices from Scandinavian cinema, it's unofficial yes, but I liked it quite a bit to get more ideas.

So it could also serve as a good recommendation list for those searching for such films:
http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/51+best+of+films+of+scandinavia/arnar+ingi/

PS : Yes it's actually missing some greats, but it's still pretty good.
Edited by Rad82, Jul 2 2014, 07:34:08 AM.
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Jul 2 2014, 12:59:44 AM
I added some more lists to the first post. I also added a list of eligible 500<400 films. There were a few co-productions that I wasn't sure about, so let me know if you think something on the list should be removed.
You might want to add the Alex van Warmerdam filmography I added to iCM. He's by far the most respected Dutch arthouse director at the moment.
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Well, I've seen way too few movies from my own country, so I might as well join this.

1. De vierde man (1983) - 7.5/10

Overly heavy on symbolism, but apparently this was intentional by Verhoeven (as a joke on the critics).
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Buksemannen
Jul 1 2014, 09:48:52 PM
It would have been cool if those who wants could choose 1 film that they would like to recommend for the challenge, preferably an obscure film with few checks, just to spice things up a little. Non-participants is also welcomed to recommend a film. I could add them to the first post. What do you guys think of this idea?
OK, here's a Norwegian film from my Oddball favorites list (3 checks):

http://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/mendel/
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I'd like to suggest some Dutch documentary shorts by Bert Haanstra and Joris Ivens :

Zoo (1962) - 10 min.
Glas (1958) - 11 min.
Spiegel van Holland (1950) - 10 min.

Nieuwe Gronden (1933) - 36 min.
Regen (1929) - 14 min.
De Brug (1928) - 11 min.


They're not even all favorites of mine, but I think they do capture some quintessential Dutchness (and you can use them in the documentary challenge as well).


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You might want to add the Alex van Warmerdam filmography I added to iCM. He's by far the most respected Dutch arthouse director at the moment.
I've seen none of his. Are they all comedies? Unsure of dutch humour... Any tips for a good starting point?
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I'm waiting for my new glasses, but I'll see some titles starting next week. I already have some interesting titles available (I'll list them in spoiler below to make it easier for myself later) and looking forward to exploring the cinema of my region. In term of recommendations; I'd suggest seeing Land of Dreams, Songs from the Second Floor & You, the Living, and Hets. Also don't forget seeing some of Sucksdorff's short films like Trut! which have been read as an allegory of Nazism. No subtitles for that short unfortunately though.

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You might want to add the Alex van Warmerdam filmography I added to iCM. He's by far the most respected Dutch arthouse director at the moment.
I've seen none of his. Are they all comedies? Unsure of dutch humour... Any tips for a good starting point?
I was planning to watch The Northerners for this challenge. I already downloaded it but I didn't realize it was a comedy. It's featured on KG.
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2. Tillsammans (2000)

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Jul 2 2014, 12:59:44 AM
I added some more lists to the first post. I also added a list of eligible 500<400 films. There were a few co-productions that I wasn't sure about, so let me know if you think something on the list should be removed.
Thanks for the help, the first post looks much better now :D Will mainly focus on movies from my own country (Norway) for this challenge. At least a silver on the Amanda award list.
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Jul 2 2014, 12:59:44 AM
I added some more lists to the first post. I also added a list of eligible 500<400 films. There were a few co-productions that I wasn't sure about, so let me know if you think something on the list should be removed.
You might want to add the Alex van Warmerdam filmography I added to iCM. He's by far the most respected Dutch arthouse director at the moment.
Added. Btw you misspelled filmography in the title. http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/alex+van+warmerdam+fimography/gershwin/
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04. Faa meg paa, for faen (2011)
05. Alt om min far (2002)
06. Ofelas (1987)
07. Mannen som elsket Yngve (2008)
08. Budbringeren (1997)

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