Wednesday 07.10.20 / 19.00 / Cinemateket

Certain questions hurt to ask, but that is precisely why they are even more important to try and answer. This year’s Nordic talents all ask tough but essential questions in significant ways, each with their own alluring aesthetics. 

Absurdity is strong in both Finnish contributions with tragicomic representations about how to achieve catharsis in an emotionless world and about the frustrations of young men told through a much older generation. Women’s rights come under Swedish scrutiny in the Ugandan film industry and children’s gender diversity appears on the blackboard in Iceland. Death plays a big role in both Danish and Norwegian when parents suddenly die and their children try to make sense of the circumstances. This year’s films all dare to take the extra step that tenderly captures the human condition.

All films are screened with English subtitles.


Before the screening, Herslev Bryghus will be serving a delicious beer and after the films there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers of Imagining My Father

Katharsis Oy

Siiri Halko / 16 min. / Finland / 2020

Anxiety is almost all-consuming in Siiri Halko’s tragicomic account of two lonely souls who each struggle to keep meaninglessness at bay in a colour fatigued and emotionless factory world. Could catharsis ever be achieved on this glum globe?


Anna Karín Lárusdóttir / 15 min. / Iceland / 2019

Fifteen years old and not yet entered puberty. Lisa’s body carries a deep secret that has isolated her from all her friends. But ice begins melting near the slightest heatsource and when childhood friend Bryndís comes to visit after many years of distance, repressed emotions begin to flare.

Imagining My Father (Forestillinger om Min Far)

Emil Nørgaard Munk / 25 min. / Denmark / 2019

How do we approach people we have distanced ourselves from because they have hurt us? Emil Nørgaard Munk immaculately recreates the connection to his deceased, alcoholic father with thoughtful poetry, acting performances and documentary footage.

Ladies of Wakaliwood

Linn Björklund , Nora Fogelström & Amanda Moen / 16 min. / Sweden / 2019

Wakaliwood is the name of a film studio in Wakaliga. A slum in the Ugandan capital Kampala. Here, action films are made on an extremely low budget. But even though the conditions are tough and the industry is small, change is happening at high speed, even when it concerns women, both in front of and behind the camera.

On Hold

Laura Rantanen / 20 min. / Finland / 2020

The sad truths emerge in Laura Rantanen’s film based on calls to a crisis hotline for young men. Shot in obscure homes and retold by miserable, old codgers, the frustrations of young, angry men come out across generations and extend into everything from xenophobia to Fortnite.

Riverbed (Elveleie)

Sylvelin Måkestad / 15 min. / Norway / 2020

Death is hard to explain, but when mom just died and her children promised her to keep vigil for three days, then any kind of discussion might be difficult to have. With gentle transitions and a detailed tenderness, Sylvelin Måkestad delves into a topic we all experience, yet rarely talk profoundly enough about.


Copenhagen Short Film Festival is following all regulations from Danish health authorities about the spread of COVID-19.
Hand sanitizers will be disposable in all cinemas and the screenings are planned in accordance to the recommendations of social distancing.

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