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GÖTEBORG 2016

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450 films to unspool at the 39th Göteborg Film Festival

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- Måns Månsson’s The Yard and Henrik Ruben Genz’s Satisfaction 1720 will bookend Scandinavia’s largest showcase from 29 January-8 February

450 films to unspool at the 39th Göteborg Film Festival
The Yard by Måns Månsson

Swedish director Måns Månsson, who in 2015 received the €22,000 Mai Zetterling Grant at the Göteborg International Film Festival, will return this year with the festival opener, The Yard [+see also:
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, an adaptation of Swedish author Kristian Lundberg’s autobiographical novel.

Starring Anders Mossling as Lundberg, who, when he could no longer support himself as a critic, took a job as a day labourer in the harbour in Malmö, the movie will launch the programme of 450 films from 84 countries, which are set to unspool between 29 January and 8 February.

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Månsson will attend the opening ceremony of Scandinavia’s largest showcase at Göteborg’s Draken cinema. Other guests at the 39th edition include US director-composer-artist Laurie Anderson (with her new film, Heart of a Dog [+see also:
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), Greek director-producer Athina Rachel Tsangari (with Chevalier [+see also:
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), US actor-director Brady Corbet, Italian director Luca Guadagnino and Nigerian director Biyi Bandele.

Göteborg has previously announced its Focus on Italy, called Viva Italia! (see the news), and it will also present an entire section dedicated to films from Nigeria, called Next: Nollywood. Eight Nordic films will compete for the SEK 1 million (€109,000) Dragon Award: Danish directors Tobias Lindholm's A War [+see also:
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interview: Tobias Lindholm
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, Martin Zandvliet's Land of Mine [+see also:
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interview: Martin Zandvliet
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 and Mads Matthiesen’s The Model [+see also:
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, Finnish director Aleksi Salmenperä's The Mine [+see also:
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, Icelandic filmmaker Rúnar Rúnarsson's Sparrows [+see also:
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interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
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, Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo's Welcome to Norway!, Swedish filmmaker Hanna Sköld's Granny's Dancing on the Table [+see also:
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 and Månsson's festival opener, The Yard. Danish director Susanne Bier will accept this year's Nordic Honorary Dragon Award.

Another eight films will unspool in the competition for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, instigated by Bergman himself, including entries from Turkey, Israel, Italy, the USA, Georgia, Canada, Thailand and Serbia; there are also eight candidates for the Best Nordic Documentary Award, dominated by Sweden. They include Sara BroosReflections, Jerzy Sladkowski’s Don Juan [+see also:
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Maximilien Van Aertryck’s Extra Material and Maria Bäck’s Remember When I Die.

Also, alongside the Great Films – Great Directors gala section and a choice of Swedish world premieres, the festival and football magazine Offside have invited soccer stars to discuss Denmark’s unlikely victory in the European Championships at Sweden’s Ullevi stadium, as depicted in Danish director Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92 [+see also:
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, which will be on show with another three football movies.

The festival’s closure will be entrusted to Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz’s Satisfaction 1720, about Danish-Norwegian 18th-century war hero Peter Tordenskjold, an early version of a modern-day rock star.

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