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Scandinavia at Cannes 2016

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At a press conference this morning the Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and president Pierre Lescure announced the films selected for this years Cannes Film Festival, which runs between the 11th and 22nd of May 2016.

In the official competition Scandinavia will be represented by Nicolas Winding Refn as he takes The Neon Demon to the festival. The American-set film follows the story of aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning), who moves to LA to purse her dream. However, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

The film is due for Danish release on the 26th of May, with US release to follow in June.

In the Un Certain Regard is a Finnish film titled The Happiest Day of My Life, directed by Juho Kuosmanen. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of Olli Mäki, the first Finn ever to fight in the world championship for featherweight boxing, who lost the match humiliatingly in the second round by knock out in front of a packed stadium. According to Olli Mäki it was the best day of his life.

The film is due for Finnish release this September.

In the short films competition, the Swedish short titled Fight on a Swedish Beach will be representing Scandinavia. Directed by Simon Vahlne, the short is a reconstruction of a brawl on a western Swedish beach, which had its beginnings in an extremely dubious but very accurate imitation of Adolf Hitler.

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