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To be brutally honest, this year's festival had more than its fair share of clunkers - right from the very opener, Sara Johnsen's Framing Mom, whose contrived plot and phony dramatics somehow fooled the Church jury into awarding it a cash prize. But since this fine publication is dedicated to spreading the good word about Nordic cinema, let's focus on the positive. If there's one thing that stood out among the strongest features screened this year, it was credibility: an unusual number of films were emotionally/socially truthful and featured believable performances and/or . . .

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