80 films at fifth Scanorama
by Annika Pham
For the fifth edition of the International Nordic Film Forum Scanorama (November 8-25) – held in the three Lithuanian cities of Vilnius, Jaunas and Klaipeda – Festival Director Gražina Arlickaité selected 80 films for the festival’s 11 different strands.
Illustrating the dialogue between tradition and innovation in Nordic cinema, the Scanorama’s news section has been presenting debut features, including Björn Br Björnsson’s Cold Trail, Håkan Bjerking’s No Tears, Christian E. Christiansen’s The Raw Zone and Árni Asgeirsson’s Thicker Than Water [+see also:
film profile], alongside the latest titles by established filmmakers such as Petter Næss (Gone with the Woman [+see also:
film profile]), Roy Andersson (You, the Living [+see also:
interview: Pernilla Sandström
interview: Roy Andersson
film profile]) and Åke Sandgren (To Love Someone).
Audiences are able to revisit the great masters of the past Ingmar Bergman and Norwegian painter Edvard Munch with The Voice of Bergman and Munch and the Cinema, respectively, while Danish filmmaker Giacomo Campeotto will introduce his family film The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar II [+see also:
film profile] to Lithuanian children invited to the special event Come with Mummy and Daddy.
Lithuanian film professionals have been meeting up-and-coming European directors and producers at the Go, Young Generation co-production forum. Participants announced include Alastair Clark and Ken Marshall, UK producers of London to Brighton [+see also:
film profile]; German directors Pia Marais (The Unpolished [+see also:
film profile]) and Emily Aref (Molly’s Way [+see also:
film profile]); Croatian filmmaker Ognjen Svilicic (Sorry for Kung Fu); Slovenia’s Jan Cvitkovic (Gravehopping); Facing Up director Marek Starcharski and producer Marta Plucinska from Poland; as well as filmmaker Kadri Kousaar and producer Donal Fernandes, who collaborated on the Estonian film Magnus.
The special New Baltic Cinema programme will screen eight feature films, including Saruna Bartas’ Seven Invisible Men (2005) and Andrius Juzenas’ Vilnius Ghetto (2006), and the section Vilnius: The Cultural Capital of Europe 2009, the new strand Crossing Europe offers a mix of 13 European films.
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