Sweden’s AMATEURS heads to Rotterdam

The Swedish film Amateurs has been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s IFFR Live programme.

The six films selected for the section will be simulcast to cinemas in more than forty countries, at the same time as their festival screenings in Rotterdam, with special guests ina ttendance for the Q&A’s.

For the first time, IFFR Live will reach Africa, with a screening planned at a venue in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Amateurs has already been selected as part of the competition at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Amateurs is about a Swedish municipality in crisis that tries to attract German investments through a locally produced amateur film. This is the latest film from Gabriele Pichler, who had festival success with Eat, Sleep, Die in 2012.

You can watch the trailer for Amateurs below.

The screenings take place across three evenings from the 26th of January until the 28th of January.

All six of the participating films are directed by women. The six films are:


  • Amateurs, dir. Gabriela Pichler
  • Nico, 1988, dir. Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Nina, dir. Olga Chajdas
  • Pin Cushion, dir. Deborah Haywood
  • La Holandesa, dir. Marleen Jonkman
  • Blue My Mind, dir. Lisa Brühlmann
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.