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A comparative approach to contemporary popular Nordic genre film'Nordic Genre Film' offers a transnational approach to studying contemporary genre production in Nordic cinema. It discusses a range of internationally renowned examples, from Nordic noir such as the television show 'The Bridge' and films like 'Insomnia' (1997) to high concept 'video generation' productions such as 'Iron Sky' (2012). Yet, genre, at least in this context, indicates both a complex strategy for domestic and international competition as well as an analytical means to identify the Nordic film cultures' relationships to international trends. Conceptualizing Nordic genre film as an industrial and cultural phenomenon, other contributions focus on road movies, the horror film, autobiographical films, the quirky comedy, musicals, historical epics and pornography. These are contextualized by discussion of their place in their respective national film and media histories as well as their influence on other Nordic countries and beyond.By highlighting similarities and differences between the countries, as well as the often diverse production modes of each country, as well as the connections that have historically existed, the book works at the intersections of film and cultural studies and combines industrial perspectives and in depth discussion of specific films, while also offering historical perspectives on each genre as it comes to production, distribution and reception of popular contemporary genre film.
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"This multifaceted - and longed-for - anthology explores Nordic film through a dynamic transnational perspective, combining thorough analytical approaches with a wide range of cultural and social observations. The texts uncover the importance of Nordic genre cinema from romantic comedy to slasher, and put its recent successes in a historical context." -- Lars Gustaf Andersson, Lund University, Sweden "The volume stands out in its breadth of critical discussion and detailed examination of contemporary, post-2000 films and television series. What is indeed refreshing is that the chapters in this book pay particular attention to the transnational production, distribution, and reception of contemporary genre films - in part following the 'institutional turn' in film studies today, and in part an effort to expand our understanding of genre and its connections to regional and transnational dynamics." -- Pei-Sze Chow, Scandinavica: An International Journal of Scandinavian Studies
Tommy Gustafsson is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Literature at Linnaeus University. He is the author of Masculinity in the Golden Age of Swedish Cinema: A Cultural Analysis of 1920s Films (2014) and co-editor of Transnational Ecocinema: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation (with Pietari K p , 2013). Pietari K p is Lecturer in Media and Communications at University of Stirling. He is the author of The Cinema of Mika Kaurism ki (2011), Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas (2014) and co-editor (with Tommy Gustafsson, 2013) of Transnational Ecocinema: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation.