When I started out with this website I had the plan to be different from what is out there. Put films in their historical context, the underlying idea, it's place on the timeline. Why some are dark whilst others bearing the same title are more colour full. Spider-Man reboot and The Dark Knight Trilogy or the new Superman reboot, Man of Steel, are good examples of such movies.
So with this article I hope to back to that again, but is this case it will be somewhat different altough Scandinavian Cinematography is not very mainstream but it has become of big influence on tv shows and movies we now like to watch be it in English.
But I can easily say that Scandinavian Cinematography is hot. If we look at it's past, some great films came out of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. For instance The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) from 1960 by Ingmar Bergman this won an Oscar for best Foreign Film. But (so it seems to me) not since Stieg Larson's Millenium Trilogy has scandinavian cinematography been so "popular". Actually it gave it a great boost and punt Scandinavian Cinematography back on the map.
But when I say it infuelenced US you'll problably wonder and think "what do you mean?". Some of the TV series you watch or films you see are original from Scandinavia. Shows like Wallander, The Killing (Forbrydelsen), Borgen and Those Who Kill (Den som dræber), which will air 2014 since A+E has just ordered the series and bought the rights to it.
These shows mentioned all have or will have an english language remake (The Killing by AMC, Wallander by the BBC). Done to giver the series a bigger audienance. But mind you, the orginals are better than their English/US counterparts (my opion, so that open for debate). The reason for that is simple, it is uncompromised and since the classifaction differ from the US and the UK (Dutch one is similar to Scandinavian) and therefore less compromises have to be made. e.g. The Killing classification for The Netherlands for instance is 12 years but for the UK it's 15. So a subtle difference is present.
One of the best adaptions of the last years is Let Me In, the US version of Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in) both version were writen by the original writer, John Ajvide Lindqvist, but for some reason the original is better, more subtle, the way it's set up, the settings, it's rawness. Maybe it's because the seventies/eighties photograpy used in the orginal. I can't jus put my finger on it, but if you have not seen the original I suggest you do and you 'll know what I mean.
The latest hit films from Sweden was Kon Tiki and A Royal Affair, both were nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Film catagory. But now a few new titles, I think, can be added to it. to a long list of great Scandinvian Cinematography.
Nr1: A Hijacking (Kapringen) a Danish thriller film written and directed by Tobias Lindholm. The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen.
A Hijacking will be in cinemas (limited for US) June/July 2013
Nr 2 Is Call Girl a Swedish Political drama during in the 1970's directed by Mikael Marcimain. A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.
And Nr3 The Hunt (Jagten) is Danish drama film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The plot: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
The movie will on DVD and BR in the near future for Europe and for the US it wil be in cinemas July 2013 ( Limited).