Lineup 2024

We are looking forward to presenting an exciting selection of current Nordic films in Bonn from May 10 – 18! Tickets can now be purchased on the website of the Bonner Kinemathek.

To find the trailer to each film, just click on the corresponding image.

Let the River Flow | Ellos Eatnu – La Elva Leve

Norway/Sápmi/Sweden/Finland 2023, 123 Min., OmeU, Director: Ole Giæver, Cast: Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen, Gard Emil, Sofia Jannok, Beaska Niillas, Marie Kvernmo

Opening: Fri. 10.05. 20.00, Kino in der Brotfabrik

We are looking forward to a reception for the opening of the Skandinavische Filmtage Bonn at 19.30 and a talk about the historic and current background of the film

In 1979, Ester, a young Sámi woman, starts a job as a primary school teacher in Alta in northern Norway, where she hides her origins for fear of racism. She adapts, and when her work colleagues make discriminatory jokes, she laughs along politely. Her cousin Mikkhal, on the other hand, is proud of his culture and openly stands up for the rights of the Sámi. He takes Ester to a camp on the Alta River, where there is a demonstration against the imminent construction of a dam that threatens the existence of a Sámi settlement. As the situation comes to a head, Ester not only has to overcome the shame of her origins, but also finds herself in the middle of the fight against decades of discrimination against her people.

This gripping drama by director and screenwriter Ole Giæver is based on true events and shows the audience the reality of life for the Sámi in the 1970s with a great deal of emotion.

Trigger warning for suicide.

Four Little Adults | Neljä pientä aikuista

Finland/Sweden 2023, 121 Min., OmeU, Director: Selma Vilhunen, Cast: Alma Pöysti, Eero Milonoff, Ona Airola, Pietu Wikström

  Sat. 11.05. 20.30, Kino in der Brotfabrik

Before that, we are hosting a pub quiz from 18:00 in the KulturKneipe. Registration at

Juulia, a member of parliament, has a seemingly perfect marriage with Pastor Matias. However, when she finds out that Matias is having an affair, the marriage begins to crumble. To Matias’ surprise, Juulia decides to accept his partner Enni and start a polyamorous relationship. She soon meets Miska, completing the love quartet. But such a relationship constellation brings with it a number of difficulties that the four of them have to face.

Selma Vilhunen gives an intimate insight into the challenges, but also the beautiful sides of a polyamorous relationship.

The Mountains | Bjergene

Denmark 2023, 89 Min., OmeU, Director: Christian Einshøj, Cast: Frederik Einshøj, Alexander Einshøj, Christian Einshøj, Søren Einshøj

 Sun. 12.05. 18.30 Uhr, Kino in der Brotfabrik

With the help of 30 years of film footage and photos, Christian Einshøj paints a portrait of his family, which is about to fall apart 25 years after the death of his brother. In the Norwegian mountains, he and his brothers confront the past and try to overcome the pain and the resulting distance within the family.

Christian Einshøj’s autobiographical work expressively reflects the years of escaping from his own inner pain and the search for answers.

Trigger warning for infantile death

Solitude | Tilverur

Iceland/Slovakia 2023, 75 Min., OmeU, Director: Ninna Pálmadóttir, Cast: Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Hermann Samúelsson, Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir, Hjörtur Jóhann Jónsson, Jóel Sæmundsson

 Mon. 13.05. 20.00 Uhr, Kino in der Brotfabrik

The farmer Gunnar has to sell his farm due to the construction of a dam. He has spent his whole life there with his horses and led a solitary life. Now he has to move to the city, where he meets his ten-year-old neighbor Ari, who delivers newspapers in his area. Between silent games of chess and frozen pizza, the two get to know each other better and change their habits as a result of their new acquaintance. But can they really be friends?

A calmly narrated film by Ninna Pálmadóttir about loneliness and the ups and downs of an unusual friendship.

Twice Colonized

Denmark/Greenland/Canada 2023, 92 Min., OmeU, Director: Lin Alluna, Cast: Aaju Peter

Tue. 14.05. 20.00, Kino in der Brotfabrik

As a child, Aaju Peter was taken from Greenland to Denmark, where she was not allowed to live out her culture or speak her language, which she gradually lost. As an adult, she emigrated to Canada, where she once again experienced the colonization of the Inuit. Today she fights as a lawyer for the rights of indigenous peoples. After the sudden death of her son, she returns to Greenland and begins to come to terms with her past.

Aaju Peter and director Lin Alluna take the audience on the activist’s personal journey through her lost childhood and her tireless fight for the rights of the indigenous peoples.

Trigger warning for suicidal thoughts

Paradise is Burning | Paradiset brinner

Sweden/Italy/Denmark/Finland 2023, 108 Min., OmU, Director: Mika Gustafson, Cast: Bianca Delbravo, Dilvin Asaad, Safira Mossberg, Ida Engvoll, Mitja Siren, Marta Oldenburg, Andrea Edwards 

Wed. 15.05. 20.00, Kino in der Brotfabrik

The three sisters Laura (16), Mira (12) and Steffi (7) struggle to get by together, as their mother often leaves them alone for long periods of time. Without parents, they experience a free summer until the youth welfare office demands a meeting with their mother. As Laura is trying to protect her younger siblings, she hides the upcoming visit from the youth welfare office and looks for someone who can impersonate their mother for the meeting.

Mika Gustafson creates a great film about sibling love and growing up in a working-class Swedish neighborhood.

Norwegian Dream

Norway/Poland/Germany 2023, 97 Min., OmU, Director: Leiv Igor Devold, Cast: Hubert Miłkowski, Karl Bekele Steinland, Edyta Torhan, Øyvind Brandtzæg

 Fri. 17.05. 20.30, Kino in der Brotfabrik

On the occasion of the Norwegian national holiday Syttende mai, we are looking forward to a celebration with cake and information about Norway.

Robert, a young Pole, starts working at a fish factory near Trondheim to help his mother pay off her debts. He falls in love with Ivar, the son of the factory owners. As Robert is afraid of the reaction of the other factory workers, he wants to keep his relationship with Ivar a secret. When the factory workers go on strike, Robert has to choose between the money for his mother and his love for Ivar.

In his feature film debut, Levi Igor Devold tells a captivating love story between two men who have to overcome both social and cultural obstacles.

Trigger warning for homophobia

Short film lineup


Sat. 18.05. 20.00, Kino in der Brotfabrik

Traditionally, the Skandinavische Filmtage Bonn end with the popular short film evening. Our audience can look forward to a diverse lineup of Nordic films!