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Nordic and European cinema in focus at Norway’s Haugesund festival

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- Running between 16-22 August, the Norwegian International Film Festival lets Beatles launch a line-up of 74 films from 35 countries

Nordic and European cinema in focus at Norway’s Haugesund festival
Peter Flinth’s Beatles

“The gap between the blockbuster and world cinema may seem bigger than ever, but perhaps not. Sharp-minded analysts find underlying interpersonal dramas also in Hollywood entertainment,” observed programme director Håkon Skogrand of the Norwegian International Film Festival, before launching its 42nd edition, which runs between 16-22 August.

There are a few US blockbusters in the line-up, such as Patrick HughesThe Expendables 3, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li, which opens in America today (15 August) – 1 and 2 grossed $188 million worldwide. Otherwise the festival focuses on Nordic and European cinema, with a main selection of 21 features from 11 countries, including two Norwegian features, Danish director Peter Flinth’s Beatles [+see also:
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(news), and Norwegian director Solveig Melkeraaen’s Good Girl

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The selection lists two Cannes winners, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep [+see also:
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interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
interview: Tiziana Soudani
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; Boyhood, by US director Richard Linklater, named Best Director at the Berlinale; and Sundance-awarded 20,000 Days on Earth [+see also:
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, with Australian author-musician-artist and actor Nick Cave, by UK directors Ian Forsythe-Jane Pollard. The section will be concluded on 20 August by Belgian Dardenne BrothersTwo Days, One Night [+see also:
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, with Luc Dardenne attending.

With sidebars Focus on the Nordic Countries, Cinema Italia, French Touch, Cinemagi (for children), Videorama and Next Nordic Generation, including the New Nordic Films co-production and finance market, festival director Gunnar Johan Løvvik will this year screen 74 films from 35 countries. One is missing, though: Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann, who is honorary president of the showcase, will attend, but her first film as a director for 14 years, Miss Julie [+see also:
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, from August Strindberg’s 1888 classic, will have its world premiere in Toronto.

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