Sixteen Danish films have been invited to Göteborg International Film Festival, which takes place from 23 January to 2 February.
Key House Mirror
“Key House Mirror” by Michael Noer is the opening film and selected for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film competition along with “In Your Arms” by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm. “Bridgend” by Jeppe Rønde is competing for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award. The film was announced in the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam Film Festival on Tuesday.
In Michael Noer’s third feature “Key House Mirror,” Lily and Max have been married for more than 50 years. Now they live together in a nursing home where Max has been reliant on professional care since his stroke. Lily has been putting her own needs aside and is desperately longing for excitement and intimacy in her life. When a man known as “the Pilot” moves in next door, Lily is immediately charmed by him and his passion for life. But neither her family nor the other residents at the nursing home are fond of her new acquaintance. Misunderstood by her family and trapped in her life with Max, Lily decides to fight to escape the bars of her invisible prison and claim her freedom.
“Key House Mirror” stars the grande dame of the Danish stage and screen Ghita Nørby, who also features in Bille August’s “Silent Heart” (also at Göteborg), and acclaimed Swedish actor Sven Wollter. They will both be attending the opening screening. The film is produced by Tomas Radoor and René Ezra for Nordisk Film. TrustNordisk handles international sales.
Michael Noer won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film and the FIPRESCI prize for “R” in 2010. His last film, “Northwest,” was selected for competition and won the FIPRESCI prize as well.
In Your Arms
Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm’s first feature, “In Your Arms,” is an intimate drama about Maria, a young and caring nurse who wants to break free. Niels is an incurable patient who wants to travel to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide. Together they embark on an intense journey that will bring them closer to each other but also closer to their dreams.
The film is produced by Sara Namer for Meta Film. Lisa Carlehed, Peter Plaugborg, Johanna Wokale, Kirsten Olesen og Gustav Dyekjær Giese make up the cast. K5 Media Group handles international sales.
16 Danish Films selected for Göteborg
Susanne Bier’s “A Second Chance” and Bille August’s “Silent Heart” will be presented at gala events, and Camilla Nielsson’s “Democrats,” Joshua Oppenheimers “The Look of Silence” and Frida Barkfors og Lasse Barkfors’ “Pervert Park” are in the competition for Best Nordic Documentary. See the full list here:
Dragon Award Best Nordic Film
Key House Mirror – Michael Noer
In Your Arms – Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
Bridgend – Jeppe Rønde
A Second Chance – Susanne Bier
Silent Heart – Bille August
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary
Democrats – Camilla Nielsson
The Look of Silence – Joshua Oppenheimer
Pervert Park – Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors
Speed Walking – Niels Arden Oplev
Flow – Fenar Ahmad
The Circus Dynasty – Anders Riis-Hansen
The Newsroom – Off the Record – Mikala Krogh
The Arms Drop – Andreas Koefoed
Brothers in Arms – Cav Bøgelund
Baby – Camilla Ramonn
1989 – Anders Østergaard