Nordic Film Series


This lecture and film series--now in its twelfth year--is presented by the
University of Oregon's Department of Landscape Architecture

The five-week long summer series has begun!
Friday, 24 August 2018, at 7 p.m. in 115 Lawrence Hall,
I'll be showing the film called

MAMMA MIA (2008)

starring the music of the Swedish pop sensation ABBA!

See the attachment below for details about the Summer 2018 Nordic Film Series.

A scene from House of Angels (Sweden, 1992)--the fifth and final film that will be shown this summer term.

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A Brief History of the Nordic Film Series

Many years ago, I lived and worked in northern Sweden where I developed a fondness for the Swedish landscape, culture, language, and people.  But it wasn't until fall 2005 that I found a way that I could really share my love of Sweden with the Eugene community.

I'd begun teaching at the University of Oregon earlier that year and found that most lecture rooms were provided with projection equipment for showing both videotapes (remember those?) and DVDs on The Big Screen.  Although I'd never owned a television and knew very little about film and absolutely nothing about video projectors, the idea of hosting a film series was hatched.  I knew that I could rent the movies very inexpensively from local video stores, so my costs for doing the series would be very low.  And I decided that each evening, I would discuss a different aspect of Sweden--geography, history, food, language, etc.--before showing the film, and afterward have a brief discussion about the film itself.

After doing a little research, I found a number of Swedish films at a local video store called Flics and Pics (no longer in business) as well as a few at the Yamada Language Center on campus.  It was tough to come up with the requisite ten films that first year, but I did.  Then, I reserved a lecture room in McKenzie Hall on Friday evenings for winter term 2006, and the series was underway.

With very little advertising, the Swedish Film Series drew 25-40 or more people to each film.  By the second year of the series, as word spread and interest grew, we were already outgrowing the McKenzie Hall room.  In 2007, we moved to 177 Lawrence in the Architecture Building--where the series occasionally drew crowds of nearly 200 people.

I thought at the beginning that I would host this series for only five years.  But toward the end of the fifth year, I decided to offer just one more year of films--a "bonus" year that would include films from all five of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden).  Thus began the Nordic Film Series which took place for the first time during winter term of 2011, and now looks as if it will continue indefinitely.

Finally, in 2012, I began offering a special five-week summer series, as well as the ten-week winter one.  It, too, appears as if it will continue indefinitely.

A list of all the films shown through winter 2017 is attached below (as "Swedish and Nordic Film Series History")--as are posters for the most recent film series as well as the current one.

The films are currently being offered by the University of Oregon's Department of Landscape Architecture as an on-going lecture series entitled The Nordic Landscape in Contemporary Film.  The films are shown in 115 Lawrence Hall--a somewhat more intimate space than the huge 177 Lawrence room--and each film is preceded by a 20-minute lecture that addresses aspects of the Nordic landscape, sensu lato, seen in the film that follows.

(Updated 18 August 2018)

Whitey Lueck,
Jul 30, 2018, 4:36 PM
Whitey Lueck,
Dec 27, 2017, 11:06 AM
Whitey Lueck,
Dec 26, 2017, 11:55 AM