The second annual ASFLA Scandinavian Film Festival was held Jan. 26, 27, 28, 2001, at The Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Dubbed "Take Two," the event was the successful sequel to last year's inaugural showcase of Nordic films and filmmakers. Each year, the festival pivots around screenings of the Scandinavian films submitted for Oscar® consideration in the Academy's Best Foreign Film category, with additional screenings of shorts and documentaries. The festival provides film professionals, students and those who simply love film wonderful exposure to Nordic films and filmmakers, as well as a fertile ground for networking.

Festival Schedule
Fri., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. -- Take Two Opening Gala buffet and reception

Fri., Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m. -- A Place Nearby by Danish filmmaker Kaspar Rostrup; preceded by the Academy Award-winning short Election Night, produced by Kim Magnusson who made a special appearance; followed by champagne dessert table and reception

Sat., Jan. 27, 12:30 p.m. -- Song from the Second Floor by Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson who introduced the film and participated in a Q & A following the screening; preceded by the Academy Award-winning short Miracles Great and Small

Sat., Jan. 27, 3 p.m. -- Fiasco by Icelandic filmmakers Thorir Snaer Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Sat., Jan. 27, 5 p.m. -- Flickering Lights directed by Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen and produced by Academy Award-winner Kim Magnusson who participated in a Q & A following the screening

Sat., Jan. 27, 7 p.m. -- Restless by Finnish filmmaker Aku Louhimies with a special appearance by actress Irina Bjorklund; preceded by Paulie, a short by Finnish filmmaker Juha Wuolijoki who introduced the film, with a special appearance by actor Michael Badalucco

Sun., Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m. -- Immortal Ibsen, a documentary chronicling the works of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen by Norwegian filmmaker Erling Borgen; preceded by the award-winning short thursday afternoon, produced by former ASFLA scholarship recipient and USC School of Cinema-Television alumni Mark Olsen with Rashel Mereness, and directed by Clay Westervelt

Sun., Jan. 28, 4:30 p.m. -- Odd Little Man by Norwegian filmmakers Stein Leikanger, Petter Borgli and Thomas Backstrom

Sun., Jan. 28, 7 p.m. -- A Place Nearby, a second screening of the film by Danish filmmaker Kaspar Rostrup

Sat., Jan. 27, and Sun., Jan. 28 -- Nordic Café, open all day for networking and noshing

For more information, contact ASFLA at (323) 661-4273, or the festival chairman at (805) 985-2700.

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