Friday 17 March sees the opening of the ninth edition of “I Boreali“, the Italian festival dedicated to Northern European culture organised by the publishing house Iperborea, in collaboration with Teatro Franco Parenti and under the patronage of Milan City Council. From Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March, entirely in presence at the Franco Parenti Theatre and Cinemino and in live streaming (on YouTube and on the festival’s Facebook profile), three days dedicated to meetings with writers, screenings of films and TV series in original language with subtitles, music and concerts, workshops, Nordic brunches, children’s workshops, mythology and in-depth studies on contemporaneity.

The opening night on Friday 17 March will feature a short performance by Ukrainian pianist Yulia Yurchak and a meeting with Elisabeth Åsbrink and Wlodek Goldkorn. The following days will see Jan Brokken and Giorgio Gizzi as guests at the Franco Parenti Theatre; Pajtim Statovci presenting his latest novel Gli invisibili (Sellerio), accompanied by Laura Pezzino; Davide Coppo and Irene Graziosi exploring Karin Boye’s dystopian Kallocaina; the Swedish writer-entomologist Fredrik Sjöberg talking about his books and writing to Cristiano De Majo; the Icelandic writer and poet Jón Kalman Stefánsson with Lorenza Pieri on the power of writing and poetry; and finally, Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir talking about her new novel Methods for Surviving to Lorenza Gentile and Silvia Cosimini.

This year’s film festival is realised in collaboration with I Wonder Pictures and IWONDERFULL, and will take place at Cinemino with three appointments dedicated to the Finnish Teemu Nikki, an eclectic and experimental director to whom a special focus is dedicated and who will be in Milan for the occasion. It starts on Friday 17 March, at 9:00 pm, with The Blind Man Who Wouldn’t See Titanic (2020), winner at Venice 78 of the Audience Award in the Orizzonti Extra section, and continues on Saturday 18 March, at 7:30 pm, with the presentation of the first two episodes of the award-winning TV series Mister 8 (2021), commented in the auditorium by Fabio Guarnaccia, Sarah Rezakhan and Andrea Romeo. It concludes on Sunday 19 March at 19:00 with the feature film Nimby. Not in my backyard (2020).

On Saturday 18 March from 9.30 p.m., in the Foyer Basso of Teatro Franco Parenti, we look forward to the live performance of Jay-Jay Johanson, a Swedish singer-songwriter who fuses the measured and slow aesthetics of downbeat and trip-hop with the metallic pulse of electro-pop, creating melancholic film noir sounds, and Polytomu, the new project of Tomi Lahtinen (Tomppabeats), a multi-million-listened talent on Spotify from the Finnish electronic scene.