No Tears at Lübeck
by Annika Pham
The 48th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck – the biggest Nordic films showcase outside of Scandinavia – is opening on Wednesday with the international premiere of Swedish filmmaker Håkan Bjerking’s directorial debut No Tears. The Norwegian/Swedish family drama is among 130 films that will screen in the festival’s nine sections until November 5.
No Tears, produced by Motlys Film in Norway in co-production with M2 Filmproduktion AB and Eyefeed AB in Sweden, is based on the director’s own script and tells the story of Magnus (Per Graffan), a photographer specializing in family portraits. When he plans for his mother’s 75th birthday, he discovers family secrets that will change his life.
Bjerking, who had years of experience as a producer in Sweden before turning to film directing, will attend the premiere of his film along with producer Sigve Endresen and Norwegian star Ane Dahl Torp. No Tears is one of 15 films competing for the €12,500 NDR Film Prize for Best Feature Film.
The other Nordic film personalities who will attend the event and present their films in competition include actors Trond Fausa Aurvåg from Norway (The Bothersome Man [+see also:
interview: Jens Lien
interview: Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
film profile]), newcomer Mohammed-Ali Bakier from Denmark (One to One [+see also:
film profile]), Norwegian filmmakers Hans Petter Moland (Comrade Pederden) and Christopher Nielsen (Free Jimmy [+see also:
film profile]), Danish director Ole Christian Madsen, who will come straight after the Copenhagen premiere of his film Prague, and his Danish colleague Preben Lorentzen (Green Hearts). Peeter Simm will present his Estonian-German film Fed Up!, Aku Louhimies Frozen City [+see also:
interview: Aku Louhimies
interview: Markus Selin
film profile], his Finnish counterpart Timo Koivusalo The Leaning Tower, and Lithuanian filmmaker Kristijonas Vildziunas, You Am I.
Of the many filmmakers who will support the screening of their films in the Children’s and Youth Film Programme, Danish director Niels Arden Oplev will present We Shall Overcome [+see also:
film profile], so far the biggest box office family film of 2006 in Denmark.
This year’s Lübeck Nordic Film Days will try to beat last year’s record number of 18,658 admissions.
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