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Nicole Kidman stars as Queen Gudrún in Robert Eggers’ The Northman
Nicole Kidman stars as Queen Gudrún in director Robert Eggers’ The Northman.

Screenwave International Film Festival 2022 (SWIFF’22) will open with The Northman, directed by acclaimed director Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse) on Thursday April 21st, 2022.

A revenge thriller, labelled as a ‘Viking Hamlet’, the film tells the tale of Amleth, played by Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), a young prince on a quest to avenge his father’s murder and save his mother from his traitorous uncle.

The film features a formidable cast, including Nicole Kidman (Killing of a Sacred Deer – SWIFF’18), Ethan Hawke (The Truth – SWIFF ‘20), Claus Bang (The Square – SWIFF’18), as well as frequent collaborators, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit) and Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse), and in an exciting return to the big screen after a 20- year absence, Björk (Dancer in the Dark, Best Actress Cannes 2002).

Written by Eggers in collaboration with poet and novelist, Sjón (long-time collaborator with Björk), The Northman fuses the epic majesty of Viking folklore with the vivid world building Eggers is best known for, creating an art-house blockbuster.

Kate Howat, SWIFF Artistic Director said, “As a festival made for movie fans by movie fans, SWIFF is thrilled to have an exciting creative voice like Robert Eggers lead off this year’s 40- country tour of world cinema.”

SWIFF is a film, screen culture, and live music festival held in Coffs Harbour. With over 11,000 people attending SWIFF events last year, SWIFF’22 will include filmmaker and industry Q&A’s, Autumn Feast wine dinners, live soundtrack screenings, and the new Storyland music festival, this upcoming festival is set to be a highlight of Australia’s cultural calendar.

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