Scandinavian Film Festival: Margrete – Queen of the North Movie Review

With a foreboding atmosphere and a dark and dangerous demeanour Margrete – Queen of the North is a very unglamorous look at Danish royalty. Set in the fifteenth century, Denmark’s Queen Margrete (Trine Dyrholm) succeeded in gathering Denmark, Sweden and Norway into a peaceful coexistence known as the Kalmar Union.

With unease just under the surface and enemies all around, Margrete will have to face one of her toughest challenges. A task that will redefine her sense of self and show her ultimate strength and love for her country. A strength that comes at the cost of her feelings of motherhood.



When watching a foreign film and recognising few if any of the actors, the ability to get lost in the story is enhanced. There isn’t the distraction of career-established personas to get in the way. Margrete – Queen of the North takes full advantage of this circumstance and draws you in completely. This was life without the false sense of pageantry that often accompanies tales of royalty.

As things play out, there is no spurious acceleration of events, it’s the underlying tension that attaches you to the ongoing storyline. You feel that people have their own agendas and it is up to you to decipher their true intentions. By the film’s end, many have had to pay a horrible price for a peace that lasted for centuries.
Rob Hudson

Margrete – Queen of the North screenings in Brisbane
Palace Barracks
Friday 22, July 1:30 PM
Friday 29, July 4:50 PM
Saturday 30, July 4:00 PM
Tuesday 2, August 6:00 PM
Friday 5, August 6:30 PM
Sunday 7, August 3:40 PM
Monday 8, August 8:00 PM

Palace James Street
Saturday 23, July 6:00 PM
Tuesday 26, July 8:10 PM
Sunday 31, July 11:20 AM
Thursday 4, August 8:15 PM
Friday 5, August 11:15 AM
Saturday 6, August 11:00 AM
Tuesday 9, August 6:10 PM

The Scandinavian Film Festival runs in Brisbane from July 20 to August 10, and will take place at the Palace James Street and Palace Barracks cinemas.

Click here for more information about the festival, or head to the official website for more information and to book your tickets!