Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Set for Some Great High-Lights

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Set for Some Great High-Lights

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

The best of European cinema will be on show at an international film festival starting in Newcastle tomorrow. Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr has the details

The North East celebrates the best of European movie-making when the Northern Lights Film Festival bursts onto screens at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, from tomorrow.

The festival, which will run until September 20, promises a feast of movies combining the best home-produced work from the region's film makers with major features and short films from the Baltic, Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

Northern Lights is Tyneside's new international film festival, and is set to become a key date on the city's cultural calendar - with more than 40 screenings, special premieres, gala performances, and a glittering grand finale.

Opening the festival is the UK premiere of Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, a Danish romantic comedy about love, marriage and infidelity.

The festival's closing gala will feature the world premiere of the films produced in the Tyne v Tallinn Digital Challenge, in what promises to be one of the hottest film tickets this year at the Tyneside.

A strong line-up of Scandinavian films includes Stealing Rembrandt, a Danish heist movie based on the true story of a daring art theft. Norwegian film highlights include Dragonflies, a psychological drama about revenge from respected director Marius Holst, and Music for Weddings and Funerals, a melancholic drama which has been compared to the work of director Ingmar Bergman.

Sweden delivers Jalla! Jalla!, a top-notch, multi-cultural comedy in the vein of East is East, and We Can Be Heroes, a Scandinavian Bend It Like Beckham.

Northern Lights also features a major season of Dogme films, including Italian for Beginners, Festen, Mifune and the controversial The Idiots. …

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