Goteborg Film Festival announces program

The Yard

The biggest film festival in Scandinavia, the Goteborg Film Festival, has announced the programme for 2016. The festival will show nearly 450 films from 84 countries during the 29th of January and the 8th of February. Special focuses will be given to Italy, Nigeria and television drama. There will also be seminars, discussions, parties and live music.

The festival will be opened by the Swedish Film The Yard, which is Måns Månsson’s film adaptation of Kristian Lundberg’s book. The autobiographical novel is about how he could no longer support himself as a cultural worker, took a job as a day labourer in Malmö harbor, is one of the most discussed works in contemporary Swedish literature.

The eight films that will be competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film are:

  • The Yard by Måns Månsson (Sweden)
  • Land of Mine by Martin Zandvliet (Denmark)
  • Sparrows by Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland)
  • A War by Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
  • Granny’s Dancing on the Table by Hanna Sköld (Sweden)
  • The Mine by Aleksi Salmenperä (Finland)
  • The Model by Mads Matthiesen (Denmark)
  • Welcome to Norway! by Rune Denstad Langlo (Norway)

The festivals closing film will be Henrik Ruben Genz’s Satisfaction 1720, which is about the post-war exploits of Vice-Admiral Tordenskjold.

You can read the full programme here.

We will be covering the film festival in depth for our March magazine.

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.