Focus on Norway in Gothenburg

Unspooling between 23 January-2 February, 2015, the Göteborg International Film Festival – Scandinavia’s largest showcase, this year taking more than 135,000 admissions – will honour Norwegian cinema and Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann in particular.

“More Norwegian successees to come”

“Norway is probably the Nordic film country which has made the strongest progress in recent years, both artistically and audience-wise,” said Göteborg’s artistic director Jonas Holmberg. “And I dare promise that there are more Norwegian successes to come.”

“2014 has also been a very interesting year for Norwegian  productions – three local films are currently on top of the Norwegian charts,” Holmberg added. In Göteborg  Norwegian films have won the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film of one million Swedish kroner for three consecutive years.

Honorary Award for Liv Ullmann

Besides screening her English-language adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, starring Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, Ullmann will be in Göteborg receive the festival’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award.

“She is one of the most distinguished actors and directors  in Nordic film history. Her sharpness and sensitivity have made a deep impression on film lovers worldwide, and the intelligence and elegance with which she handles Miss Julie make her the ideal beneficiary,” Holmberg concluded.

Hamer and Moland

Göteborg will also show Norwegian directors Hallvard Bræin’s Burning (Børning), Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams (1001 gram), Nefise Özkal Lorentzen’s Manislam, Eskil Vogt’s Blind, Dag Johan Haugerud’s I Am the One You Want (Det er meg du vil ha) and Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disapperance (Kraftidioten).


From the Norwegian Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.

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