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Nordic countries in focus at Mexico's Guadalajara Film Festival

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- Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki missed the Oscar, but will open the 28th showcase, which celebrates Nordic cinema with a special programme of 64 films

Nordic countries in focus at Mexico's Guadalajara Film Festival

Norwegian directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki [+see also:
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missed the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature by fewer than 20 votes - "Harvey Weinsten (US distributor), Jeremy Thomas (UK producer) and I counted the supporters we knew we had, and we only needed a few more to win," said the film's American publicity agent Tatiana Detlofson.

Still, without the trophy, the action-adventure following Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his five scientists on their 1947 voyage from South America to the Polynesian Islands on a wooden raft, will tomorrow (March 1) launch the 28th Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG) in Mexico, which has this year invited the Nordic countries as "guests of honour".

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The Norwegian Film Institute's head of development and production, Ivar Køhn, will introduce Kon-Tiki to the 15,000 audience at the opening ceremony of one of the leading Mexican and Ibero-American showcases. A total of 64 Nordic films - the Norwegian section also includes Eva Sørhaug's 90 Minutes [+see also:
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, Magnus Martens' Jackpot [+see also:
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, Jannicke Systad Jacobsen's Turn Me On, Goddammit! [+see also:
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and Dheeraj Akolkar's documentary Liv & Ingmar.

Denmark contributes the Where Is Dogme? programme, with Lars von Trier's The Idiots, Thomas Vinterberg'sThe Celebration/Festen and Jesper Jargil's documentary The Purified, adding ao Nikolaj Arcel's Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair [+see also:
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, Tobias Lindholm's A Hijacking [+see also:
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, Katrine Wiedemann's A Caretaker's Tale [+see also:
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, and Joshua Oppenheimer's award-winning documentary The Act of Killing [+see also:
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Sweden will be represented by 27 films - 13 in a retrospective of Jan Troell, concluded by his latest feature, The Last Sentence [+see also:
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. Troell will receive the FICG tribute, as will Spanish actress Angela Molina and Mexican actor Ernesto Gómez Cruz. Other Swedish titles on show are Niels Arden-Oplev and Daniel Alfredsson's Millennium Trilogy, Mikael Marcimain's Call Girl [+see also:
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, Lisa Aschan's She Monkeys [+see also:
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and Lisa James Larsson's Ego.

Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki's comedy Road North [+see also:
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leads the Finnish contingency with Aku Louhimies' Naked Harbour [+see also:
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, Sakari Kirjavainen's Silence and Jyri Kähönen's Hush [+see also:
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, while Iceland's 2012 local top-grossers, Óskar Thór Axelsson's Black's Game [+see also:
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and Baltasar Kormákur's The Deep [+see also:
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, are among the North Atlantic entries. The Guadalajara International Film Festival runs through March 9.

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