Film Reels



Masterpieces of Nordic Cinema

March 3 - April 28, every Thursday, 7 - 9 pm

Nordia House



Film production in the Nordic region has historically drawn from diverse cultural sources, each of which has left its unique mark on this transnational art form. This workshop will provide an introduction to the origins and development of Scandinavian film covering the past 100 years. The focus will be to acquaint participants with the traditions, directors, themes and narrative styles of this broad and rich subject.

We will see that Scandinavian cinema has been characterized by a high degree of experimentation; this, in turn, has provided impetus for directors working outside this region: Ingmar Bergman had a profound influence on the works of Woody Allen, and the Danish director, Carl Theodor Dreyer, has inspired such names as Sergio Leone, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Schrader. The visual style of Danish director Lars von Trier and his pioneering Dogme 95 Movement are reflected in several modern film classics; a few examples are Saving Private Ryan (1999) and Traffic (2000).

March 3

The Saga of Gösta Berling (Part One) (1924), directed by Mauritz Stiller

March 10

Swedenhielms (1935), directed by Gustaf Molander


March 17

The Word (1955), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer


March 24

Wild Strawberries (1957), directed by Ingmar Bergman


March 31

Lake of the Dead (1958, directed by Kåre Bergstrøm


April 7

Insomnia (1997), directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg


April 14

The Celebration (1998), directed by Thomas Vinterberg


April 21

Lights in the Dusk (2006), directed by Aki Kaurismäki


April 28

Melancholia (2011), directed by Lars von Trier

About the Instructor:

Thomas Birnie holds a Ph.D. in German Literature, with a doctoral minor in Scandinavian Studies, from the University of Washington. He has taught

Scandinavian subjects at Portland State University since 1990 and is actively engaged in Nordic events locally.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

Our thoughts go out to those who have been personally affected by the pandemic. Nordic Northwest is concerned and cares about the health and well-being of each guest at Nordia House and we are taking all the precautions we can during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We cannot eliminate all risk, but we are following Oregon mandates and guidelines.  Here is what we are doing to make your visit enjoyable and as safe as possible and how you contribute to your own safety and the safety of others.

  • Face coverings are required when indoor & when physical distancing is not possible outdoor - except for when guests are actively eating or drinking and unless the individual is: under 5 years of age; has a medical condition that makes it hard to breath or has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering. If you do not have a face covering on, you will be asked to kindly leave.  

  • When visiting Nordia House maintain social distancing in lobby areas and when visiting the Exhibit.

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting.  Hand sanitizer is available at our events and at Nordia House entrances/exits.

  • Stay at home if you’re feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick.  Follow Oregon quarantine mandates if you have a confirmed COVID-19 case or you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

  • Follow local and national health guidance.  

Refunds: All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable


Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.