Event details

Followed by a panel discussion with Dr Claire Thomson (Scandinavian Studies, University College, London), moderated by Paris Papamichos Chronakis (History, Royal Holloway, University of London).

Attending this event

Paris Papamichos Chronakis

Dr Paris Chronakis is Lecturer in Modern Greek History at Royal Holloway University of London. His work explores questions of transition from empire to nation-state bringing together the interrelated histories of Jewish, Muslim and Christian urban middle classes from the late Ottoman Empire to the Holocaust. In recent years, his research and publications have expanded to post-imperial urban identities, Balkan War refugees, World War One, Greek interwar Zionism and anti-Zionism, the Holocaust of Sephardi Jewry and digital Holocaust Studies. He was a member of the scientific committee developing the ‘Database of Greek Jewish Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies’ and is currently spearheading a digital history project on the social networks of Greek Jewish Holocaust deportees and escapees.

Claire Thomson

Dr Claire Thomson is Associate Professor of Scandinavian Film at UCL. She is the author of Short Films from a Small Nation: Danish Informational Cinema 1935-65 (Edinburgh UP, 2018) and Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (University of Washington Press, 2013) and is co-editing A History of Danish Cinema (Edinburgh UP, forthcoming 2020). She has also written on Norwegian cinema, including post-WWII documentary and public information film, and the cinema of Joachim Trier.

Films screening at this event

The Birdcatcher

Ross Clarke
100 min

Esther, a beautiful Jewish-Norwegian teenager, dreams of moving to America with her parents and becoming a Hollywood star. But shortly before the family manages to leave Europe, the Nazis invade the country and their hometown. They are rounded up but Esther manages to escape and winds up on an occupied farm, where she pretends to be a Norwegian boy, perhaps her most demanding role yet. Suspenseful and chilling, The Birdcatcher sheds light on the little-known plight of Norwegian Jews during the war.

Winner – Best Cinematography & Best Feature, European Cinematography Awards 2019

Winner – Best International Film, Best Actress Feature Film (Sarah-Sofie Boussnina), Best Supporting Actor (Jakob Cedergren), Best Sound & Best Cinematographer, Garden State Film Festival 2019

Winner – Best Feature, Hill Country Film Festival 2019

Nominated – Best Nordic Feature, Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2019

“A film full of sound and fury.” – The Times of Israel