Favourite Films: Laura Birn

In our series Favourite Films, we speak to Nordic directors, producers and actors about the Nordic films that have inspired them.

Finnish actress Laura Birn

Laura Birn is a Finnish actress known for her appearances in Pearls and Pigs alongside Mikko Leppilampi, as well as Purge, Heart of a Lion, The Girl King, Armi Alive! and Absolution.

 

Read our interview with Laura Birn here.

1. The Celebration

A Danish film produced in the Dogma style by Thomas Vinterberg that portrays a family having a party for their father when one son makes a toast speech that tells the truth about the murder of their eldest sister possibly involving the father.

2. The Collector

A romantic comedy set in the world of gambling, debt collecting and professional boxing. Laura is an unlucky gambler with a huge debt, she crosses paths with Claus, a former boxer who now makes a living as a debt collector. Laura is cheating, scamming, and lying and eventually life catches up with her. Claus is trying to regain his self respect and start anew. Together, they make an awkward but very charming couple on the verge of love. It is a story about trust, friendship, new beginnings, getting a second chance and doing the right thing.

3. You, the Living

In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a fantasy honeymoon with a rock guitarist. A man awakes from a dream about bomber planes. A businessman boasts about success while being robbed by a pickpocket and so on. The absurdist collection is accompanied by Dixieland jazz and similar music.