Hit your best note by dressing in your most glamorous 60s outfit and joining us for a glass of wine courtesy of Cake Wines, Scandinavian cheeses and jazzy entertainment, followed by a special screening of WALTZ FOR MONICA.

The gripping Norwegian suspense thriller Pioneer stars the superb and prolific Australian actor Jonathan LaPaglia (Underbelly, The Slap, Love Child). We are overjoyed to have his presence for a Q&A after one exclusive session of his film at the festival in Sydney.

4:15pm PIONEER
Followed by Q&A with Jonathan LaPaglia

*Tickets at regular Festival prices

Multi film passes are available now!

Purchase a 5 or 10 film pass to receive generous discounts.
Multi film passes are for separate, preselected sessions for one person. All films must be chosen in advance to different films at the time of purchase. Passes from the cinema box offices will only be available for sessions at that venue. Multi-film passes are only available at the box offices and cannot be booked over the phone or online.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Premiere of THE 100-YEAR-OLD-MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED, a colourful comedy of unexpected surprises based on Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling novel published in more than 35 countries. The film will be followed by an after  party with Cake Wines, Nordic Flavours & live entertainment.

Please join us in saying hei to Laura Birn who will visit Australia in July as our inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival ambassador! She appears in our festival films Heart of a Lion and August Fools.

The region of Scandinavia - culturally comprised of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark - has produced some of the most iconic films ever made. From the masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman, to the radical, back-to-basics guerrilla-style filmmaking of the Dogme revolution, to the contemporary and transnational diversity of Nordic cinema, Palace is proud to present local audiences with a brand new event, created to offer a dedicated focus to an area of screen culture that has for too long been under-represented in Australia.

Indeed the mission of the inaugural Scandinavian Film Festival is to ensure that more films from the region are presented where they deserve to be seen: on the big screen. Too often some extraordinary films have never seen the light of day here (or rather, the darkness of a cinema), and Palace considers it an honour and a privilege to help correct this.

So with thanks to the support of our sponsors and cultural partners, Palace is proud to present a celebration of Scandinavian screen culture, cuisine and music with you, our world-cinema loving audience, via a curated selection of 21 outstanding films that range from critically acclaimed debuts of risktaking new talent, through to crowd-pleasing local blockbusters.

From our Opening Night Galas to the Special Events, including the live Q&As with our special guest, the fabulous Laura Birn (one of Finland’s rising stars, who was recently profiled by the Berlin Film Festival’s annual talent platform Shooting Stars as one of Europe’s Best Young Actors), there is something for everyone.

Please join us, and celebrate the art of cinema from one of the world’s most breathtaking and talent-rich regions.