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The Stockholm International Film Festival revs up for its 27th edition

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- US writer-director-producer Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Stockholm International Film Festival, which runs from 9-20 November

The Stockholm International Film Festival revs up for its 27th edition
A Taste of Ink by Morgan Simon

“When we founded the Stockholm International Film Festival 27 years ago, we made a list of the directors we most wanted to see here, and the first name was Francis Ford Coppola. So to welcome the Godfather of Cinema is a dream come true,” said the festival’s director, Git Scheynius. Coppola, who will receive the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award – the 7.3kg Bronze Horse, the world’s heaviest film prize – will meet the Stockholm audience on 10 November, followed by a screening of his 1972 thriller and threefold Oscar winner The Godfather

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On 11 November, he will introduce his Apocalypse Now (1979) and US directors Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, the 1991 documentary about how the production of the war epic almost destroyed the life and career of the director.

“In my lifetime, I have never had the pleasure to visit Sweden and Stockholm, which I have always wanted to do,” added 77-year-old Coppola, whose latest feature was the horror-comedy Twixt (2011). Over the course of his career, he has collected, among others, five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and two Palmes d’Or at Cannes.

This year’s festival programme includes 200 films from 70 countries, and will instigate three new sections: Icons, for titles starring leading actors and actresses; Discovery, boasting strong and original debut films; and Documania, with the most important and startling documentaries. 

Stockholm will open with British director Ken Loach’s drama I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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, which bagged three awards at Cannes, including the Palme d’Or, adding Audience Awards at Locarno and San Sebastián. The midway show will be US director Nate Parker’s uprising drama The Birth of a Nation, with himself in the lead.

The titles in competition are: A Decent Woman [+see also:
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by Austrian director Lukas Valenta Rinner, A Taste of Ink [+see also:
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interview: Morgan Simon
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by French filmmaker Morgan Simon, Albüm [+see also:
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interview: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
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by Turkey’s Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, Are We Not Cats by US director Xander Robin, The Birth of a Nation by US filmmaker Nate Parker, Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Bogdan Mirica
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by Romania’s Bogdan Mirica, Godless [+see also:
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interview: Ralitza Petrova
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by Bulgaria’s Ralitza Petrova, Hedi [+see also:
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by Tunisia’s Mohamed Ben Attia, Manchester by the Sea by US director Kenneth Lonergan (also the gathering’s closing film), Nocturnal Animals [+see also:
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by US filmmaker Tom Ford, Old Stone by Chinese-Canadian director Johnny Ma, Ordinary People by Filipino filmmaker Eduardo W Roy Jr, Park [+see also:
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interview: Sofia Exarchou
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by Greece’s Sofia Exarchou, Prevenge [+see also:
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by the UK’s Alice Lowe, Quit Staring at My Plate [+see also:
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interview: Hana Jušić
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by Croatia’s Hana Jušić, Sand Storm [+see also:
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by Israel’s Elite Zexer, Through the Wall by American-Israeli director Rama Burshtein and X-Quinientos by Colombian-Canadian filmmaker Juan Andrés Arango.

Lastly, the Stockholm Visionary Award will be given to French director François Ozon, who most recently made Frantz [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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, which was awarded at Venice.

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