Sections

To help you navigate in our packed program we have divided the films in sections.

 

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DRAGON AWARD BEST NORDIC FILM
The Göteborg Film Festival will hand out the award for best Nordic film for the 27th time. Eight Nordic films are competing and the prize sum of one million SEK makes it the world’s largest film award.

The award is financed by the Ernström Group, Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg. The award will be handed out at the Dragon Award gala on Saturday, January 31 and the winning film will be shown on Sunday, February 1 at 5:30 pm at Folkteatern. 

The jury consists of the director Pernille Fischer Christensen, the director Pirjo Honkasalo, the actor Maryam Moghaddam, the director Anja Breien and the director Benedikt Erlingsson.

The nominated films are also competing for the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award, the international film critics’ FIPRESCI award and the Scandinavian Locations Award.

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DRAGON AWARD BEST NORDIC DOCUMENTARY
The Göteborg Film Festival will hand out the award for best Nordic documentary for the third time. Eight Nordic films are competing and the prize sum of 100,000 SEK makes it one of the largest documentary film awards in the Nordic countries. The award is financed by Telia. In addition, several of the films will see their world premiere in Göteborg. The award will be handed out at the Dragon Award gala on Saturday, January 31 and the winning film will be shown on Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 pm at Folkteatern.

The jury consists of the director Gabriela Pichler, the editor-in-chief of FLM Jacob Lundström, and Linde Fröhlich who is artistic director at the film festival Nordic Film Days in Lübeck.

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THE INGMAR BERGMAN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AWARD
The director Ingmar Bergman was the honorary president of the Göteborg Film Festival until his death in 2007. In cooperation with him, the festival established an international film award for “a debutant who in their film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

Eight films are competing for the award that will be handed out for its ninth year at the Dragon Award gala on Saturday, January 31. The winning film will be shown on February 1 at 12:30 pm at Folkteatern.

The jury consists of the directors Naomi Kawase and Gust Van Den Berghe, and Mads Mikkelsen who is program director at the CPH:DOX film festival.

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STARTSLADDEN
The Göteborg Film Festival will hand out the award for best Swedish short film for the twelfth year. The eight competing short films will have their gala premieres at cinema Draken on January 25 at 3 pm, followed by an award ceremony and party at Pustervik.

The jury consists of the director Fia-Stina Sandlund, the actor Eric Ericson, the producer Alberto Herskovits and animator Adam Marko-Nord.

The award is one of the world’s largest short film prizes. It includes nearly 500,000 SEK in cash, film equipment and services. It is financed by Swedish Television, the Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Folkets Bio (The People’s Cinema), Teaterförbundet (The Swedish Union for Performing Arts and Film), Dagsljus, Wallin Filmljus, Europa Foley & ADR, Ljudfadern, Independent Kostym and Shoot & Post.

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NORDIC HONORARY DRAGON AWARD
The actor and director Liv Ullmann is an icon of Nordic film. Her career encompasses unforgettable efforts in films by directors like Ingmar Bergman and Jan Troell as well as significant works that she herself has directed, not least Miss Julie, in which she breathes new life into the foremost classic of Swedish drama.

The Göteborg Film Festival is proud to award this year’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award to Liv Ullmann.

On January 24, Liv Ullmann will hold a Master Class in conjunction with a screening of Miss Julie.

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SWEDISH PREMIERES
Swedish feature film is a central part of the festival’s program. Here you’ll find a large part of this year’s Swedish film selection, so if you want to boost your insight into the latest works in Swedish film, this is definitely where you should start. Karin af Klintberg, Måns Månsson, Viktor Johansson and Fia-Stina Sandlund are just a few of Sweden’s most interesting directors who are all showing their new features films this year.

A number of Swedish short films in all kinds of genres and styles will also premiere in a scintillating short film panorama showing the entire breadth of Swedish film.

All Swedish feature film premieres will be competing for the Angelo Award at a sum of 50,000 SEK, which is awarded by the Swedish Church.

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NORDIC LIGHT: NORWAY
Norway is the Nordic film country with arguably the most exciting development in recent years. Norwegian films have also won the world’s largest film award, Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, three years in a row. For those reasons, the Göteborg Film Festival has chosen to give extra attention to Norwegian film in 2015, in a focus that gives a composite and in-depth presentation of an intriguing film country. This year’s Norwegian tales will acquaint viewers with everything from weight-conscious researchers and blind authors to murderous snow-plowers and car-crazy speedfreaks. Be sure not to miss the retrospective screenings of Norwegian film classics. The Norwegian focus is presented in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Film Institute.

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NORDIC LIGHT: PANORAMA
The Göteborg Film Festival continually puts focus on Nordic film. Here you can see a selection of the best new films from the Nordic countries. We’re especially happy to be able to present the world premiere of Armi Alive!, Jörn Donner’s film about the founder of Marimekko, which will also be the festival’s closing film.

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NORDIC LIGHT: ART
The Göteborg Film Festival has started a new effort for Nordic film that extends beyond theaters. In cooperation with Göteborgs konsthall, the festival will screen a selection of this year’s best Nordic film created for galleries. This first edition of the cooperation is entitled “Let Me Tell You a Story” and is an exhibition spanning works by artists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. All the works relate in some way the practice of documentary film.

Exhibition Jan 22 - Feb 1 at Göteborgs Konsthall (free entry). Vernissage Jan 22, 19.00 CET.

 

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GALA
In the Gala section, the red carpet will be rolled out for the biggest, best and most talked-about films. The world’s biggest film stars, like Diane Keaton, Juliette Binoche and Jennifer Aniston, shine beside Sweden’s rising stars, Noomi Rapace and Alicia Vikander, and directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Bille August, Olivier Assayas and Susanne Bier.

For the most extravagant festival experience, be sure not to miss our popular red carpet screenings where the public sips bubbly to live music inside Stora Teatern’s spectacular Crystal Foyer before the show.

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FOCUS: JAPAN
Japan is an extremely exciting film country with a hard-to-beat film tradition that never ceases to surprise. We strike ourselves down in the Land of the Rising Sun and meet, among others, magical moon princesses, rapping gangsters, aging kamikaze pilots and the world’s foremost animators. Japan’s most famous directors, like Naomi Kawase, Isao Takahata, Sion Sono, Takashi Miike and Shinya Tsukamoto, are jammed into the program with younger directors like Mipo O, Mami Sunada and Japan’s new indie queen, Kiki Sugino, who’s showing two films at the festival.

The Japanese focus also gives a protean insight into a fascinating culture, and mirrors the social and political conflicts characterizing contemporary Japanese society.

On January 27, some of the filmmakers will speak at a seminar and the professor of cinema studies, Trond Lundemo, will hold a lecture about Japanese film. On January 30, Naomi Kawase will hold a Master Class.

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EUROPA EUROPA
Not too long ago, the European project entailed a promise a increased freedom, improved finances and a brighter future. The EU expanded and everyone seemed to parade under the star-spangled banner. Then came the economic and political crises. Walls shoot up, nationalist movements grow stronger and no one seems to want to be a European anymore. At the same time, the economically and socially integrated Europe has become a fact and masses of Europeans travel, work and fall in love beyond national borders. Here you’ll see films treating various aspects of Europe’s conditions and problems, which in turn draw up an imagine of the contemporary European identity and traces the current conflicts to historic events.

On January 27, a seminar will be held pertaining the future of Europe and the situation of European film.

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MASTERS
Lav Diaz, Jessica Hausner, Frederick Wiseman and Abderrahmane Sissako are some of the film world’s foremost directors and have been long-celebrated throughout the world for their film art. This year they and many others will show their new films in Göteborg. We’ll also say farewell to one of the world’s greatest directors ever. Alain Resnais passed away on March 1, 2014, and Life of Riley was the film that marked the end of a personal, poetic and multifaceted artistic career.

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ANIMANIA
It’s been 100 years since Viktor Bergdahl directed The Magic Brew (Trolldrycken), the first Swedish animated film ever. The Göteborg Film Festival is celebrating the anniversary by showing the best Swedish animation films through the ages in two short film packages. This year’s artist is the Swedish animation master, Per Åhlin, who is also cooperating in a seminar about Swedish animation on January 28. This will be the eleventh time that the film festival also celebrates one animator chosen from the world’s most prominent craftsmen in the field. This year it’s the Czech animator, Michaela Pavlátová. Meet her at the seminar on January 28. In addition, we’ll be showing some of the best new animated short and feature films from the whole world.

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PATHFINDERS
War, environmental devastation and inequality. The economic, ecological and social situations the world finds itself in can make anyone feel doubtful and glum. Here, a number of documentaries and feature films from all over the world illustrate possible directions for the future of the planet. The industrial meat industry, destructive dam projects and women’s sexual health are some of the challenges taken up in this year’s film selection, which in turn both urges viewers to afterthought and action.

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VISIONARIES
There are unique voices in the film world that go their own way and break new ground for the art of cinema. Here we present a selection of the year’s best film art which throws traditions to the wind and transgresses established boundaries. Tsai Ming-Liang, Corneliu Parumboiu and this year’s American breakthrough director, Josephine Decker, are some of the filmmakers challenging the audience and offering the opportunities to see the world and film with new eyes.

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CLASSICS
The Göteborg Film Festival reanimates film history with historical excavations, newly restored classics and documentaries about cinema-historical phenomena.

This year the festival is shedding light on filmmakers that have immigrated to Sweden and made films that are rarely or never shown for a larger audience, fragments of silent films that have been lost and a plunge into German, Turkish and Taiwanese film histories. And, naturally, the new edition of the audience favorite, Göteborgsepoker (Eras of Göteborg), that uses various kinds of films to invoke a lost city.

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THE DIVINE COMEDY
Tell me what you laugh at and I'll tell you who you are. The most profound knowledge about a country perhaps lies in its humor and here the film festival has collected a number of new comedies from all corners of the world. All of them say something about the societies that created them. And laugh at them.

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MUSIC NONSTOP
Listen up! Film isn’t just pictures, it’s sound too. Here we present films about, and with, the world’s most interesting musicians. This year you’ll have the chance to hear loads of music, including American metal, an anarchist radio station in Brazil and the soul king James Brown.

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FESTIVAL FAVORITES
Here we gather the movies that have traveled to, been commended and won awards at festival throughout the world over the past year. These are films with personality and a high degree of artistry that relate tales about fates near and fear. These films have won over both critics and audiences during the past year of cinema. You won’t be disappointed.

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CRITIC WEEK
During the critic week, seven professional film critics will choose their favorite film from the past year. The premier screening of each film is presented by the critic who’s chosen the film.

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LBGT
Discover the best new films from the springboard of homo, bi, trans and queer themes. Here you can find films about love from all corners of the world, with personal and leading-edge movies about identity and discrimination.

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DOCUMENTARIES
The strongest stories often come right from reality, and documentary film has never been more popular than today. This year some of the world’s leading documentary artists have interested themselves in things like American school experiments, unlikely football comebacks and the ongoing catastrophe in Syria.

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NEW VOICES
Here you’ll come across names of the future that you’ll want to hear again. Those looking for new tendencies in the art of film should take an extra look at these debut film directors from around the world. They are all different, but all together they give us undeniably strong hope in the future of film.

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FIVE CONTINENTS
One of the film festival’s most important tasks is to give the audience the opportunity to see good films from across the world. The section Five Continents gives festival-goers an unfathomable opportunity to creep into dark theaters, forget the winter weather and travel around the world in the wonderful world of film, continent by continent.

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THE YEAR OF SWEDISH FEATURE FILMS, 2014
Have you missed a Swedish movie that was shown during the past year? This retrospective trip through 2014’s Swedish films gives you the chance of filling in the gaps.

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