Danish director Michael Noer’s Key House Mirror, a love story at a nursing home starring Danish actress Ghita Nørby and Swedish actor Sven Wollter, will open Sweden’s 38thGöteborg International Film Festival, which will screen almost 500 films hailing from 89 countries between 23 January and 2 February.
With Noer, Nørby and Wollter in attendance, the director’s third feature will also be competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, one of the film world’s largest movie prizes, which comes with SEK 1 million (€115,000); other contenders include Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm’s In Your Arms, Finnish filmmaker J-P Valkeapää’sThey Have Escaped [+], Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Paris of the North [+], Norwegian directors Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick and Yngvild Sve Flikke’sWomen in Oversized Men’s Shirts, and Swedish directors Sanna Lenken’s My Skinny Sister and Ronnie Sandahl’s Underdog [+].
The festival will feature a Northern Lights: Norway focus (see the news), which will show a total of 26 Norwegian films, such as Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance [+],Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams [+] and Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie [+], from August Strindberg’s play. Ullmann will also receive Göteborg’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. Another special focus covers Japan in 16 films, ranging from Sion Sono’s hip-hop musical Tokyo Tribe toNaomi Kawase’s Cannes entry, Still the Water [+].
The festival’s industry events for film professionals, New Nordic Films and TV Drama Vision, are scheduled to take place between 28 January and 1 February, and the closing film on 2 February will be Finnish director Jörn Donner’s Armi Alive!, a biopic on one of Finland’s most famous female entrepreneurs, Armi Ratia, the founder of the Marimekko fashion company, who died in 1979.