Norwegian Films in Three Upcoming Youth and Children’s Film Festivals

Read about the Norwegian film industry, the importance of films for children and youth as several Norwegian films and documentaries will future in three upcoming festivals in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The Norwegian film industry

The Norwegian film industry has produced between 20 and 30 films for cinema per year after the millennium. This number is higher than ever before, and very high in relation to the population compared to many other countries.

Norwegian film covers the production of different types of films, such as fictional films, short films, documentaries and commercials. The film industry is on the rise, but is relatively weak both international and national. Nationally the film industry is dominated by imported films, mostly from the US and Europe. From the 1990s however, several Norwegian films have done very well in Norwegian cinemas and abroad, such as: Kon –Tiki, 1001 grams, The King’s choice and others.

The importance of films for children and youth

Film has the opportunity to change us as individuals and the way we look at the world.
We all have one or more film moments that have changed us for the better. When you ask someone to talk about an early film experience, most remember a cherished story they experienced in childhood. Films do really make a real impression. It leaves traces in us.

Young people can be inspired and learn a lot from films. Social issues such as diversity, bullying, tolerance can be topics in both fiction or documentary films which can inspire and initiate discussions among the audience.
All three festivals have chosen films that touch upon important social themes and they aim, through these, to create awareness to the young public.

The three upcoming film festivals in Athens and Thessaloniki

All Norwegian related screenings are supported by the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Institute at Athens and they all have Greek subtitles.

Adaptation Film Festival:

The newly launched Adaptation Film Festival, organized by MovieReel and the City of Athens, features films adapted from literature. Norwegian film “Victoria” will be screened under an action called Petit Plan, addressed to high school students. The screenings are followed by discussions with the students on social issues, led by specialized speakers.
Venue: Mikrokosmos movie theatre
Dates:  February 2-8.

For more information on the festival and petit plan: and


Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's immortal novel Victoria from 1898 was the original love story. It has everything that a filmmaker and a cinema audience could wish for: young love, class differences, success against all odds, costumes, glorious settings and, in the end, heartbreaking tragedy when Victoria confesses her true love to the man she didn't get and should have had before she succumbs to tuberculosis. 

A discussion will follow on the topic of class struggle and gender equality by Marianiki Dorbaraki.
Dates: 7 and 8 February, Mikrokosmos Cinema


Cinedoc Kids Film Festival in Athens:

The Cinedoc Children's Film festival, will take place for the first time in Athens and with both films and documentaries, aims to reach a young audience to open their horizon to other cultures, traditions and social topics.
Venue 1: Athens Concert Hall and the entry is free of charge.  
Venue 2: Danaos cinema, entrance fee 3 Euros

Liverpool Goalie

Liverpool Goalie is about a 13-year-old boy named Jo. He is a pensive boy who constantly thinks about what will happen to him if he commits a wrong choice. Jo is a smart thinker with a vivid imagination, but he is bothered by his classmates, and is a rather hopeless soccer goalie. The film is also about finding one football card that they all lack: The goalkeeper of Liverpool. One day Jo gets hold of this rare card, but when he invites all his friends home, it turns out that someone has taken the card.

Dates: 12 February, Athens Concert Hall                                                                              11 March, Danaos: A workshop will follow with director Pierro Andrakako

Totally True Love

Totally True Love, also known as “Jørgen + Anne er sant”, is a 2011 Norwegian film based on the 1984 novel “Jørgen + Anne er sant” by Vigdis Hjorth. Anne, 10 years old, is an energetic girl with more important affairs than falling in love. But when she meets Jørgen, the new boy in class, she falls in love immediately. Some grown-ups do not think you can fall in love for real when you are 10 years old, but Anne knows better: You can! Jørgen is moving into the mysterious and scary Bandit House. A house none of the kids dare to come close. But that is of no hinder for Anne, she is willing to go further than most to win him over. When done in the name of love, everything is allowed, isn't it?

Dates: 4 March, Danaos
             A workshop will follow with director Pierro Andrakako


Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to hone their skills, Magnus’ brilliance shines brightest when surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, director Benjamin Ree reveals this young man’s unusual and rapid trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world. This film allows the audience to not only peek inside this isolated community but also witness the maturation of a modern genius.

This documentary is screened in English and Norwegian with Greek subtitles.
In collaboration with the Chess Club of Pangrati.

Dates: 19 March, Danaos

For more information on the festival


Kinder Docs (Athens and Thessaloniki):

Kinder Docs premiers in February 2017 and will show documentary screenings of award-winning films made for children and teenagers on topics such as friendship, family, education, creativity, psychology, relationships, migration, environment. The topics will provide for a productive dialogue and event after each screening. The screenings will take place at the Benaki Museum (138 Pireos, Athens) and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki). The entrance fee is 3 euros for children and 6 euros for adults.

Ballet Boys

Three Norwegian teenagers dream of becoming professional ballet dancers. For years, the three boys have danced side by side at a ballet school full of girls. But they are also typical teenagers who have to get good grades in school, suddenly find girls interesting and discover what true friendship means. Ballet Boys follows the three of them during this exciting period, while they are preparing for an important audition to study dance in Oslo.
Dates: March 3 at the Benaki Museum, Athens
            March 18 at the Museum of Contemporary art, Thessaloniki

Dancing for you

Halling is a remarkable Norwegian folk dance traditionally performed by only men, as a display of physical prowess. Twelve-year-old Vilde is training hard to become the first female Norwegian champion. In a fantastic outdoor scene, she and her dance coach get up to some fascinating antics, dancing on an excavator in a quarry, along tree trunks, through waterfalls, up mountain slopes and on riverbeds. Vilde is also very close to her sick grandfather, who tells her that family and friends are the most important things in life – and feeling good about yourself is essential, too. She hopes that seeing how much she enjoys life will also be a stimulus for her grandpa.
Dates: February 1 and February 5 at the Benaki Musem, Athens
            February 2 and February 4 at the Museum of Contemporary art, Thessaloniki

I am Kuba

When the family business goes bankrupt, Kuba’s (13) and Mikołaj’s (8) parents are forced to leave Poland to work abroad. Kuba struggles with the different roles in his life, shifting from being the older brother in charge of the house and a teenager who wants to explore and hang out with his friends. By following Kuba the film tells a story that has become typical in modern Europe. It is estimated that over 100,000 Polish children are left by their parents to be raised on their own, or by aging grandparents.

This documentary will be screened in Polish with Greek subtitles.
Dates: March 1 at the Benaki Museum, Athens

For more information on the documentaries and the time for the screenings, visit

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