FESTIVAL. Feature films, documentaries, TV drama and short films – Danish film is widely represented at this year's big Nordic festival in Gothenburg, which kicks off on 27 January. Among the films competing for the title as Best Nordic Film is Charlotte Sieling's drama "The Man."
Göteborg Film Festival presents a rich program of films from around the world, with a particular focus on new films from the Nordic countries. This year 13 Danish titles are selected for the festival, kicking off on 27 January.
Selected for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson's "Heartstone," already a prize winner at a number of festivals, as well as Charlotte Sieling's "The Man," which will be celebrating its Nordic debut at the festival.
See full list of films below and in factsheets right.
The Man in competition
An experienced director for both Danish and American television, Charlotte Sieling is making her second feature film after her debut "Above the Street below the Water" from 2009.
"The Man" tells the story of an artist, Simon, played by Søren Malling. Simon is the king of the Danish art scene. He is successful and rich, has a beautiful wife and a young mistress. Out of the blue his son Casper, played by Jakob Oftebro, shows up on his doorstep. Casper, a world-famous street artist who goes by the alias The Ghost, takes everyone in his father's posse by storm. This provokes and challenges Simon deeply, and the scene is set for a relentless father-son battle fought with brush and spray can.
Sieling has directed the Danish television series "Unit 1," "The Killing," "Better Times" and "The Bridge." Internationally, she has made a name for herself as director of American series like "White Collar," "The Americans," "Homeland" and "Queen of the South" (as concept director).
"The Man" will have its world premiere in Rotterdam just prior to Göteborg, as a live-streaming at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Here it has been selected as one of six European films to be transmitted live to more than 45 cinemas in 17 countries. See more at iffr.com.
"The Man" is released in Denmark on 2 March.
Three documentaries in competition
Seeing its world premiere in the competition for best Nordic documentary is Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors' "Death of a Child." The directors, who won an award at the Sundance Film Festival for their film about sex offenders, "Pervert Park," are once more confronting a taboo subject: to be responsible for your own child's death.
The other Danish documentaries in competition are Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon's critically acclaimed "The War Show" that takes us on a personal journey through the Syrian civil war, and Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen's "Venus," a portrait of young female desire which premiered at IDFA in November.
Populism and Nordic highlights
The festival has selected a series of Danish documentaries, features and short films to take part in the series Nordic Light that shows handpicked highlights from the Nordic countries.
Here Lise Birk Pedersen's "Tutti a Casa – Power to the People?" is making its debut. The director was commended for her previous film about a young Russian activist in "Putin's Kiss" (2012) and is now looking towards democracy and populism in the shape of Italy's protest movement Movimento and its leader Beppe Grillo.
Lone Scherfig in the limelight and new TV script award
Every year the Göteborg Film Festival celebrates a Nordic filmmaker whom the jury believes has created a unique work. This time the Honorary Dragon Award goes to Lone Scherfig, and the festival will be showing several of her films, including her Dogme classic "Italian for Beginners" from 2000. Last year the award went to another prominent Danish director, Susanne Bier.
Finally, a miniseries version of Jesper W. Nielsen's feature film "The Day Will Come" is nominated for the festival's brand new award for best TV script, funded by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. If awarded, the prize will go to Søren Sveistrup, who wrote the script to the film as well as the series.
Göteborg Film Festival 27 January – 6 February 2017
Danish films at Göteborg Film Festival 2017
Dragon Award Best Nordic Film
The Man / dir. Charlotte Sieling / prod. Lars Bredo Rahbek for Nimbus Film
- Heartstone / dir. Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson / prod. Jesper Morthorst, Lise Orheim Stender, Anton Máni Svansson for SF Film Production
Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary
- Death of a Child / dir. Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors / prod. Anne Köhncke for Final Cut for Real
- The War Show / dir. Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon / prod. Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan for Fridthjof Film
- Venus / dir. Lea Glob, Mette Carla Albrechtsen / prod. Kirstine Barfod for House of Real
- Tutti a Casa – Power to the People? / dir. Lise Birk Pedersen / prod. Lise Lense-Møller for Magic Hour Films
- Who We Were / dir. Sine Skibsholt / prod. Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen
- Across the Waters / dir. Nicolo Donato / prod. Peter Bech for SF Film Production
- In the Blood / dir. Rasmus Heisterberg / prod. Caroline Schlüter Bingestam for Profile Pictures
Nordic Light – Short films
- The Rebublic of T.M. / dir. Masar Sohail
- Sisters / dir. Toni Kamula
- Wolf and Sheep / dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat / prod. Katja Adomeit for Adomeit Film
Nordisk Film & Tv Fond Prize
- The Day Will Come miniseries 3 x 45 m / dir. Jesper W. Nielsen, writer Søren Sveistrup / prod. Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Louise Vesth for Zentropa
Nordic Honorary Dragon Award
- Lone Scherfig – Italian for Beginners, The Riot Club, Their Finest