Göteborg International Film Festival

Enlightening January - Programme Release

Pressmeddelande   •   Jan 18, 2010 14:36 CET

The programme of the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival is released. The festival of 2010 offers a programme where 450 short, feature and documentary films from 78 countries will be screened during ten days. On top of that you will find 50 seminars, the Nordic Film Market and a Festival tent full of events, concerts and parties.

"A year’s hard work is over and now we have all the fun to look forward to. With themes like Africa, India and ”Sharing” – about sharing each other’s reality – I have the feeling that the festival, more than ever, will be a place for unexpected experiences and ideas, anything can happen, says Festival Director Marit Kapla.

The opening film is Fredrik Egerstrands and Mikel Cee KarlssonsThe Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González, the first of the nominees for the Nordic Film Award. The Closing Film will be Veiko Öunpuu’s The Temptations of St Tony.

This year we focus on a special film continent: Africa. The African focus takes a close look upon the new African film production. The theme includes the project Forget Africa, initiated by the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The African films in the Forget Africa project are produced with support from Göteborg International Film Festival Fund and the Hubert Bals Fund.

The Nordic Film Market welcomes around 250 distributors, buyers and festival programmers from all over the world to see the most exciting new and upcoming Nordic Films, during the last days of the festival.

The Swedish programme Swedish Images, includes a total of 133 films. The film year of 2009 is examined and the programme also includes ten brand new feature films, and 92 short films.

In addition to the films the Göteborg International Film Festival programme presents an extensive seminar programme with 50 seminars, including Master Classes with Günter Wallraff and Sally Potter.

All themes at the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival

Eight new Nordic feature films are in competition for the festival's Nordic Film Prize – SEK 100 000 and a lovely perspex dragon.

The Festival award to "a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression". Eight classy international debutants!

A completely new prize will be awarded during the festival – SEK 100 000 to the best Nordic film music composer. Listen to the music scores from the five nominated films!

Two feature fiction films and six documentaries will meet their audience for the first time! A worn down troubadour from Karlstad and his manager, a wayward gun ending up amongst kids, Eddie Meduza, a video diary from a love affair, thoughts about time and international windows on Peru, Cambodia and Indonesia.

100 Swedish short films, including Ruben Östlund's latest, the sex change documentary Regretters, Johannes Nyholm's Guldbagge award nominee Dreams from the Woods, the films competing for the Startsladden award, a retrospective of last year's Swedish feature films, the newly restored scandalous comedy Paradise Inn and the festival's own decennium list: Best of the 00s.

The best of the latest from our four Nordic neighbours. Danish star Trine Dyrholm in Annette K Olesens Little Soldier, Jörn Donner's chamber play about a real Russian spy and the Nordisk Panorama winner: the short film Anna by Rúnar Rúnarsson.

This year we showcase recent film production from Africa – from one of Malawi's first feature films to the new film from Mali's master director Souleymane Cissé, as well as the première screening of the unique project Forget Africa.

India isn't just home to Bollywood films! Join us on a field trip beyond Bollywood, to conflict-ridden Kashmeer, a Karnataka fishing village and modern Maharashtra.

Big films, name directors, red carpet, Oscar alerts and première atmosphere.

New films from directors whose work is always an event in and of itself: Claude Chabrol, Claire Denis, Bernard Émond, Robert Guédiguian, Michel Gondry, Ann Hui, Harutyn Khachatryan, Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Tsai Ming-Liang, François Ozon (with two films!), Goran Paskaljevic, Rosa von Praunheim, Hong Sang-Soo, Carlos Saura, Margarethe von Trotta, Andrzej Wajda, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross. And a Francis Ford Coppola classic!

This year's Animator in Focus is Caroline Leaf. Also: the best new animated shorts and feature films about the French suburbs and a man and his dog.

A collection of very diverse films with a common denominator – they depict love that isn't traditionally heterosexual. From transsexuals in Pakistan to a Chinese triangle drama and a lesbian take on Run Lola Run.

Bosnian blues, british post punk, sound art, The White Stripes, female hip hop and John Lennon's youth!

Tales of everyday life in the vulnerable mountain nation that was at war with Russia only a year and a half ago. Three debuts from a small but exciting film nation!

Four Swedish film critics and three foreign ones (representing the FIPRESCI jury at the festival) have each selected a film, which first screening they will personally introduce.

Filmmakers who challenge our weary eyes, who tell a tale in a new way. Like Sally "Orlando" Potter's new experimental film Rage, about murder on the catwalk.

A selection of the most popular and award-winning films that have toured the festivals over the past year.

A selection of spine-chillers from Slovenia, Indonesia, Spain, Germany and Austria.

Günter Wallraff's latest undercover job – a journey through Germany disguised as a Somali! Two unique projects: the Polish tribute to Kieslowski's Decalogue and a Czech investigation into World War II deportations of Jews.

Meet tomorrow's great film hope here!

For those of you who hate categorization and prefer an unconditional journey among the best films in the world!

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33rd Göteborg International Film Festival Jan 29-Feb 8, 2010

Göteborg International Film Festival is the leading film festival in
Scandinavia and – with an audience of 200 000 visitors a year –  one of the
largest festivals in the world. GIFF is always one step ahead in the search
for new talent and tomorrow’s stars with:

* The prestigious Dragon Awards, including The Nordic Film Award and TIBIDA
– The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award.
* The Nordic Film Market, presenting the latest and upcoming Scandinavian
films to international buyers, sales agents and festival programmers.
* The Göteborg International Film Festival Fund, supporting young talent in
developing countries, in cooperation with SIDA.