Nordic sci-fi on paper

If you want to educate yourself on Nordic science fiction films, there are only a few specialized sources you can turn to. Peter Öberg’s book Science fiction så in i Norden is one of the most comprehensive overviews. Released by his own publishing house in 2012, Peter Öberg’s reference book Science fiction så in i…

Dino-nazies in the sky?

A story outline for Iron Sky 2 has been posted on a film financing website, where the film is described as “Iron Sky meets Jurassic Park meets Indiana Jones“. The Finns are crazy! We previously reported on all the known facts and plans for the sequel to the 2012 Finnish hit movie, and there were…

Lapland artwork

This 1950s American-Swedish alien invasion film is a cult favourite but if you don’t know it well yet, browse these galleries of stills and promotional art. It could have been set in Alaska or Canada, but it was set in Sweden, and filmed there too. Space invasion in Lapland (aka Horror in the Midnight Sun,…

Review: Threads of Destiny

Fan films have been made before, but they are not always as ambitious as the Swedish Threads of Destiny; a feature-length chapter of Star Wars, complete with laser swords and tons of CGI. Written, filmed and edited over several years, Threads of Destiny is made by Swedish amateurs, volunteers and fans, with the help of…

CPH sci-fi battle preview

Premiering in Copenhagen today is a series of sci-fi shorts, all part of the CPH PIX Movie Battle. The theme for the short films is time travel. Founded by film director Shaky Gonzaléz in 2004, the Movie Battle is CPH PIX’s section where Denmark’s underground film making scene tests their muscles in genre cinema. Previous…

Review: Everywhen

There are so few sci-fi movies made in the Nordic region that when one is finally made, it’s a slap in the face of the movie industry that the budget was only 6500 euros and the team behind it was a group of school kids. Those are not things to hold against Everywhen, though. The…

Everywhen explained

They are too young to vote, drive cars or smoke, but they are allowed to shut down Oslo, handle firearms and command 100 extras – when directing science fiction films! The dynamic duo Jarand Breian Herdal (writer/director) and Jens Peder Hertzberg (director of photography and editor) has just launched Everywhen everywhere, at least everywhere in…

Watch Threads of Destiny

Premiering online today is the Swedish fan film Threads of Destiny, set in the Star Wars universe. Set 100 years after Return of the Jedi, the story takes place as the Jedi order and the Republic are once again active. The planet Coreign produces a special ore that can power an entire city, but the…

Threads of Destiny preview

After Ikea and meatballs, Christina Lindberg and Max von Sydow as Ming, is a Star Wars sequel the next big thing from Sweden?  Coming to a computer near you on February 23rd is Star Wars: Threads of Destiny, a fan film created by fans of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. The low budget film took…

Iron Sky sequel in the works

You have heard about a sequel to Iron Sky, but the plot outline has been kept secret until now, and to go with it we have collected all the facts and statements we could find about the next Finnish Nazi sci-fi spoof in one place! Not surprisingly, the indie hit Iron Sky will get a…

Everywhen preview

Made by five 17-year olds with ambitions, Everywhen is Norway’s first science fiction feature film in a decade. Made on a shoestring budget of 55.000 NOK (around 6500 euros) and approved as a college project, Everywhen premiered in Oslo in January 2013 with three screenings at a small cinema, and last week the DVD and…

Real Humans S2 preview

Season two of the Swedish science fiction TV series Real Humans starts on December 1st, which is twice the treat; not only is it a rarity that Scandinavian TV networks offer sci-fi drama, but a second season is previously unheard of. The first season of Real Humans (original title: Äkta Människor) premiered in January 2012…

The Tunnel preview

Even though he is attached to direct big budget Hollywood features now, Troll Hunter director André Øvredal is also well into The Tunnel, the most complex special effects movie ever made in Norway. André Øvredal’s short film The Tunnel is based on the sci-fi short story The Tunnel Ahead written by Alice Glaser in 1961.…

Review: The substitute

A sci-fi horror thriller for 9-12 year old kids, helmed by one of Denmark’s leading genre directors, Ole Bornedal. It seems like you can’t make a movie for children or teens without relating it to their school situation, so when Ole Bornedal, director of the Danish horror hit Night Watch (1994 – and its 1997…