About the course
This course investigates Scandinavian fiction, as it has come to be known from cinema and television series from the past 25 years. From a national and international perspective, Scandinavian film and television drama are doing very well, and can pride themselves with Oscar awards and nominations as well as international Emmy awards.
Recently the term Nordic noir has become a brand name known for quality and sophistication. The course seeks to acquaint the students with the key figures, film styles and institutions in contemporary Scandinavian cinema and television, and to explore the film and television texts in light of key characteristics of the Scandinavian society and culture.
Taking the framework from the field of national cinemas, the course will focus on how Scandinavian film and television drama respond to global Hollywood and international trends, by reworking well known genre formulas as well as constructing stories with an original national blend. Examples of this include the films by Lars von Trier, Ruben Östlund, Joachim Trier, and Susanne Bier; the adaptations (and remakes) of the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson and by Jo Nesbø; and celebrated drama series such as Forbrydelsen, Borgen and Broen.
Possible timetable collision
The course cannot be combined with the following:
- Media and Politics
- Visual Sociology
- Introductory Econometrics
- Corporate Finance