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Gothenburg Film Festival announces its 39th year

Find out all the details for this year’s festival.

The Lady in the Van
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Gothenburg Film Festival returns to Sweden for its 39th year this year.

The event runs from 29th January 2016 to 8th February 2016 and features a packed program of screenings, showcases and seminars spanning all genres of the industry. The festival will feature some of the most talked about cinema releases of the year including A Bigger Splash, The Danish Girl and Spotlight and Muhammed: The Messenger Of God.

Nordic TV drama will be celebrated with screenings of Trapped, Occupied and Springfloden to name but a few. Nigeria’s Nollywood will be a specific focus for the festival and visitors will get a unique insight into one of the world’s most vibrant film countries with special screenings of visual masterpieces such as Fifty, Code Of Silence and O-Town.

This year’s festival will also look at the Italian film industry with screenings of Arianna and Wondrous Boccaccio amongst others. A plethora of international stars and directors are confirmed for the festival with Laurie Anderson, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Brady Corbet, Luca Guadagnino and Biyi Bandele all attending alongside a host of Italian, Swedish and Scandinavian directors and actors.

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One of the highlights of the festival is The Dragon Award, which awards its winner 1 Million SEK. The award will be judged by a committee of international writers and actors, and chaired by US director Laurie Anderson. Making up the rest of the panel is Swedish actress Saga Becker, Danish director Christian Thomsen Braad, Icelandic producerSigurjón Kjartansson, Norwegian photographer Anna Myking and Sara Norberg, director of the Helsinki International Film Festival.

The nominated films will also be competing for the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award, The international critics’ FIPRESCI prize, the Scandinavian Award for Extraordinary Locations, Lorens Award for best producer and the Best Nordic Film Audience Choice. Nominated films include Yarden, Land Of Mine, Sparrows, A War, Granny’s Dancing On The Table, The Mine, Welcome To Norway! and The Model.

The festival will see over 450 films from 84 different countries being shown over 11 days.

Screening highlights for the festival are:


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The Danish Girl / Förförd / Spotlight / Muhammed: The Messenger Of God / The Lady In The Van / Sommaren ’71 / Room / Truth / Trumbo / The End Of The Tour / Assassination / Office / Brooklyn / Concussion / Human

Italian Cinema

A Bigger Splash / Arianna / Wondrous Boccaccio / N-Capface / Blood Of My Blood / An Italian Name / The Beginners / The Other Side / Banat / Don’t Be Bad / Il Solengo / Burning Love / Somewhere Amazing / Antonia / Bath People / Fragment 53 / Latin Lover / Greenery Will Bloom Again / The Successor

Nordic TV

Det Mest Förbjudna / Trapped / Occupied / Springfloden / Follow The Money / The Red Couple / 30 Grader I Febuari

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For more screenings, tickets and the full programme head over to the Gothenburg Film Festival website


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