Magnus to open this year’s Nordisk Panorama in Malmö
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- There are 50 entries in the official selection of the largest Scandinavian documentary film festival, which this year takes place from 16-21 September
Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s documentary Magnus [+see also:
film profile], which has toured New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, Germany’s Filmfest München and the Moscow International Film Festival, and will soon stop by at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (20-26 August), will also open Nordisk Panorama – the largest Scandinavian documentary film festival – in Malmö, Sweden, which unspools between 16 and 21 September.
Norway will also be represented in the main competition by Norwegian directors Aslaug Holm’s Brothers [+see also:
film profile], Pål Refsdal’s Dugma – The Button and Russian director Andrei Nekrasov’s The Magnitsky Act. A Norwegian production by Piraya Film, Nekrasov’s film about a whistle-blowing Russian lawyer who died in prison after allegedly being tortured was recently world-premiered in Oslo, after it had been withdrawn from three festivals following threats of lawsuits and financial claims.
Other entries in the competition for Best Nordic Documentary – the prize for which comes with an €11,000 cheque – hail from Sweden (Fredrik and Magnus Gertten’s Becoming Zlatan, Jerzy Sladkowski’s Don Juan [+see also:
film profile], Jessica Nettelbladt’s MonaLisa Story and Sara Broos’ Reflections), Iceland (Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir’s Keep Frozen), Finland (Juan Reina’s Diving into the Unknown [+see also:
film profile], and Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola’s Return of the Atom) and Denmark (Andreas Johnsen’s Bugs [+see also:
film profile], Nicole Horanyi Nielsen’s Motley’s Law, and Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert and Abou Bakar Sidibé’s Those Who Jump [+see also:
A total of 616 documentary titles were submitted to the festival, which from 1990 toured the Nordic countries, until in 2013 it found a permanent base in Malmö. Besides the main competition, there are 26 contenders for Best Nordic Short Film and ten for Best New Nordic Voice – all three competitions are judged by international juries, while the cinemagoers vote for the Nordisk Panorama Audience Award. The programme has also scheduled seminars, talks, master classes and Q&A sessions with participating filmmakers.