News Release

The University of Washington Press and the Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, announce an agreement to co-publish the Nordic Film Classics Series.

October 14, 2009
For immediate release

The University of Washington Press is pleased to announce a partnership with Museum Tusculanum Press, the nonprofit publishing arm of the University of Copenhagen, to co-publish the newly launched Nordic Film Classics Series. Museum Tusculanum Press will hold sales rights in Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Washington will have territorial sales rights in the rest of the world.

The Series is co-edited by Mette Hjort, professor of visual studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and affiliate professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington, and Peter Schepelern, senior lecturer in film and media studies at the University of Copenhagen. Volumes will offer in-depth studies of key films by Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish directors, shedding light on the ways in which the Nordic nations and region have contributed to the art of film.

The first book in the series, Ingmar Bergman's The Silence: Pictures in the Typewriter, Writings on the Screen by Maaret Koskinen, will be published in December 2009. The author is a professor of cinema studies and film critic for Sweden's largest national daily newspaper. She was the first scholar given access to Bergman's private papers during the last years of his life. Ingmar Bergman's The Silence reveals the difficulties he experienced in writing for the medium of moving images and his meditations on the relationship (or its lack) between moving images and the spoken or written word. Her exploration of The Silence sheds new light on the shifting views of Bergman and auteurist film, high art, and popular culture.

For more information on Ingmar Bergman's The Silence or the Nordic Film Classics Series, please contact Rachael Levay at remann@u.washington.edu or Niels Stern at e@mtp.dk.