Northern Europe comes to video on demand with Walk This Way

After our Thrillers, Unexpected Love Stories, Premium Films, Docs From Around the World and French Comedies, a collection of five striking Scandinavian Films will come to video on demand from Monday 23 November, thus rounding off the 2015 Walk This Way season on a high note.

One of Finland’s biggest box-office hits, 21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage (2013) by Johanna Vuoksenmaa, will be online in Spain, Denmark, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey and Austria. “Divorce is a natural and probable consequence of falling in love,” according to Sanna (Armi Toivanen), the heroine of this alternative romantic comedy. While undertaking research as a sociologist, she has discovered that there are 21 ways to ruin a marriage, and that's enough to convince her that falling in love is foolish. However, when Aleksi (Riku Nieminen) comes into her life, she might just be forced to think again…

The Swedish-Finnish co-production Open up to Me (2013) by Simo Halinen addresses the issue of sexual identity in this story about Maarit (Leea Klemola), a pretty woman and a mother – who was previously a man. When she falls in love with Sami (Peter Franzén), a football coach, everyone will have to face up to their prejudices and take responsibility for their choices. This psychological drama will be available very soon in Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Turkey, Austria and Hungary.

King Curling (2013) by Norwegian director Ole Endresen is a comedy about the Olympic sport of curling. Truls Paulsen (Atle Antonsen) is a former curling champion whose career came to an end because of his obsessive-compulsive problems. When he learns that his former trainer is sick and needs an expensive operation, he starts training again to try to win a national tournament that has a big prize at stake. The ups and downs of the former curling king’s fortunes can be seen in Spain, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland and Turkey.

Follow the story of John (Lee Ingleby), an academic who decides to pack everything in when his partner leaves him, in The Arbiter (2013) by Kadri Kõusaar, a co-production between Great Britain, Sweden and Estonia, which will be available in Denmark, Norway, Italy, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and Turkey. A firm believer in the theories of Social Darwinism, he sets off with his daughter Ronja (Lina Leandersson) to test and put into practice its doctrines and dogmas.

Finally, Gloriously Wasted by Lauri Maijala, adapted from the successful series of novels by Juha Vuorinen, is a kind of Finnish The Hangover. Juha Berg revels in his alcoholic lifestyle, which mixes sex, violence and adrenaline. When he falls in love with the leader of his Alcoholics Anonymous group, he’s going to have to rethink his whole life... This comedy will be available in Spain, Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Luxembourg and Austria.

23 November 2015, by Cineuropa