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GÖTEBORG 2019

Strong Nordic and international competitions announced for the 2019 Göteborg Film Festival

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- The veteran Nordic film gathering will present vital titles from all corners of the world and honour great Dane Mads Mikkelsen

Strong Nordic and international competitions announced for the 2019 Göteborg Film Festival
Aurora by Miia Tervo

The 42nd edition of the trustworthy Göteborg Film Festival will open on 25 January with the world premiere of Aurora [+see also:
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interview: Miia Tervo
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, the debut feature by Finland’s Miia Tervo, and will close on 4 February with the Swedish title Swoon [+see also:
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interview: Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein
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 by seasoned duo Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein (Underworld Awakening, Shed No Tears). In total, 376 films from 83 countries will be screened, as artistic director Jonas Holmberg announced at the programme-unveiling press conference earlier today. 

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The highly vital and now well-established Nordic Dragon Award section will feature ten Nordic contenders for the main prize of SEK 1 million (circa €100,000). In addition to Aurora, the 2019 competition includes the recent Swedish Cineuropa Prize winner (see the news) Aniara [+see also:
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by Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja, Norway’s Blind Spot [+see also:
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interview: Tuva Novotny
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 by Tuva Nuvotny (both screened at the most recent Toronto), the Swedish-Danish film Koko-di Koko-da [+see also:
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interview: Johannes Nyholm
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by Johannes Nyholm, Denmark’s Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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interview: May el-Toukhy
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by May El-Toukhy and Norway’s Sonja: The White Swan [+see also:
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interview: Anne Sewitsky
interview: Ine Marie Wilmann
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 by Anne Sewitsky (all three opening at Sundance), as well as two Swedish world premieres: Lucky One [+see also:
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interview: Mia Engberg
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 by Mia Engberg and Season by John Skoog.

Branching out of its traditionally Nordic stronghold, Göteborg now also presents an International Competition, with the winner due to be selected by the festival audience and awarded the sum of SEK 50,000 (€5,000). This year’s selection of 20 fiction or documentary titles brings us films from Europe, including Petra [+see also:
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interview: Jaime Rosales
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 by Jaime Rosales (Spain), Maya [+see also:
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interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
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 by Mia Hansen-Løve and Sorry Angel [+see also:
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Q&A: Christophe Honoré
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 by Christophe Honoré (both France), In Fabric [+see also:
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interview: Peter Strickland
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 by Peter Strickland (UK) and Joy [+see also:
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by Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria). Africa is also represented, by The Harvesters [+see also:
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interview: Etienne Kallos
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by Etienne Kallos (South Africa/France/Greece) and Rafiki [+see also:
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interview: Wanuri Kahiu
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 by Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya/South Africa/France), while the Americas will enjoy a strong presence with Fireflies by Bani Khoshnoudi (Mexico/USA/Greece), Too Late to Die Young [+see also:
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 by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Brazil/Argentina) and Giant Little Ones by Keith Behrman (Canada). The Asian movies include A Land Imagined [+see also:
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by Siew Hua Yeo (Singapore/France/Netherlands), while The River [+see also:
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interview: Emir Baigazin
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 by Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway) hails from several different corners of the world all at once. The full programme can be consulted here.

The 12th edition of the Ingmar Bergman Competition, awarding a feature debut with – to use Bergman’s own definition – “an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression”, has eight contenders in the running, among them the German title Aren’t You Happy? [+see also:
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 by Susanne Heinrich and Hungary’s Guerilla [+see also:
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 by György Mór Kárpáti

Confirmed guests include Bille AugustJill BilcockMark CousinsTrine DyrholmBenedikt ErlingssonAdina Pintilie, brothers Emil and Joachim TrierThomas Vinterberg and many more. This year’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award will be bestowed upon Dane Mads Mikkelsen, once one of the cockiest representatives of the “young” Danish wave of the 1990s (notably Pusher), these days a highly celebrated international thespian of the most distinguished calibre (notably Casino Royale [+see also:
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).

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