The Nordic Lights Film Festival is about to kick off its 8th year with a line-up of new Nordic films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. For the first time at the festival, films from the Faroe Islands will also be screened.

The opening night will have a screening of the Icelandic film Reverse, which follows two childhood friends who decide to drive around Iceland with their car in reverse. The director, writer and actor Gunnar Hansson will be attending. Also screening is Sweden’s Drifters, which draws from the first-time actors real life experiences. Other films include The Commune, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, In Front of Others, Returning Homeand A Serious Game.

The Faroese component will be a shorts film program with up and coming film-makers from the region. Sakaris Stórá, Heiðrik á Heygum and Andrias Høgenni from the Faroese Islands will host a Q&A session following the screening.

The first Nordic Lights Film Festival took place in 2009, and is presented in partnership with the Nordic Heritage Museum, domestic and international film institutes, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), Finlandia Foundation, Finnish Studies at UW, the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle and SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association).

The festival takes place at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle between the 12th and 16th of January. For tickets and more information see http://nordicmuseum.org/nlff.