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FESTIVALS France

Focus on Nordic Films

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- From 12-23 March, Rouen will host 100 films from Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Belgium, Holland, Iceland and Denmark & the French premiere of Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever

Focus on Nordic Films

The 16th edition of the Nordic Film Festival of Rouen is scheduled to run from 12-23 March. The programme includes 100 films from Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Belgium, Holland and Iceland and is will introduce French audiences to the work of directors like Aki Kaurismaki, Thomas Vinterberg, Bille August, Roy Anderson and Liv Ullman.
10 films, none of which has been screened in France, were selected to compete for the Jury Grand Prix. Three of them are Icelandic productions: Falcons by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Nòi albinòi by Dagur Kari and The Sea [+see also:
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by Baltasar Kormákur (the winner of this award in 2001). The Danish contingent is lead by Open Hearts (Dogme) [+see also:
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by Susanne Bier and Minor Mishaps [+see also:
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by Annette K. Olesen. Belgium will be represented by Un honnête commerçant [+see also:
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by Philippe Blasbend (Belgium), Finland by Blue Corner by Matti Ijas (Finland) and Norway by I Am Dina [+see also:
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by Ole Bornedal and Music for Weddings and Funerals [+see also:
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(Norway) by Unni Straume.
The programme also includes the film that triumphed at the recent Guldbagge Awards (the Swedish “Oscars”), Lukas Moodysson's Lilja 4-Ever [+see also:
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, scheduled for release in France on 16 April.
The Rouen event also includes tributes to the filmmakers of the Dogma 95 school with the screening of 10 of their films; an overview of the latest filmmaking trends in Nordic cinema in a section called “The Latest from the North” and retrospectives about Estonian documentary maker, Andrès Sööt, and Finnish director, Matti Ijas.
The Nordic Festival promises, as always, to attract a huge public eager to see the work of the heirs of Bergman and Dreyer.

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(Translated from French)

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