The Model and 37 in strong Göteborg line-up

FESTIVAL. Mads Matthiesen's "The Model" and Puk Grasten's "37" are making their world premieres at Göteborg Film Festival, which has more than a dozen Danish titles on the bill for this year's fest starting on 29 January.

Göteborg Film Festival, which takes off on 29 January, is an important showcase for new Nordic cinema. Selected from Denmark for the 2016 edition are thirteen films of which two will be having their world debuts at the festival. See overview of films below and factsheets right

The Model in Nordic competition

The strong showing of Danish films is apparent in the main competition, the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, where four of the eight titles are from Denmark, including Mads Matthiesen's "The Model." The festival marks the film's world premiere.

"The Model," about a young girl's dangerous journey through the Parisian fashion world, is the director's second feature and will be competing alongside Tobias Lindholm's Oscar-shortlisted "A War," Martin Zandvliet's "Land of Mine" and Rúnar Rúnarsson's "Sparrows." The winner of last year's Nordic competition was feature debuting Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm's "In Your Arms".

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Film about New York murder

In the documentary competition Nicole N. Horanyi's "Motley's Law," winner of the Grand Jury Award last year at DOC NYC, will be running for the title as Best Nordic Documentary, and IDFA winner "At Home in the World" is one of the highlights in Nordic Light.

This curated series of Nordic titles also marks the world premiere of debuting feature director Puk Grasten's "37," based on the true story from 1964 of the 37 people who passively witnessed the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York.

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Susanne Bier as special guest

Susanne Bier is this year's special guest, as the Danish director will be receiving the 2016 Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. Bier will be holding a Master Class during the festival, which will also be showing her 2011 Oscar winner "In a Better World" as well as her Swedish-produced feature debut from 1991, "Freud Leaving Home."

Finally, Henrik Ruben Genz' "Satisfaction 1720" is selected as the festival's closing film. Genz' historical drama about one of most famous naval heroes in Nordic history, Tordenskjold, is scripted by the Norwegian novelist Erlend Loe and is making its international debut.

Göteborg International Film Festival / 29 January – 8 February 2016

Danish Films at Göteborg Film Festival 2016

Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

  • The Model – Mads Matthiesen / WORLD PREMIERE
  • A War – Tobias Lindholm
  • Sparrows – Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • Land of Mine – Martin Zandvliet

Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

  • Motley's Law – Nicole N. Horanyi

Nordic Light

  • 37 – Puk Grasten / WORLD PREMIERE
  • Rosita – Frederikke Aspöck
  • Summer of '92 – Kasper Barfoed / INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
  • At Home in the World – Andreas Koefoed
  • Natural Disorder – Christian Sønderby Jepsen

Divine Comedy

  • Men & Chicken – Anders Thomas Jensen

Nordic Honorary Dragon Award

  • In a Better World – Susanne Bier

Closing Film

  • Satisfaction 1720 – Henrik Ruben Genz / INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Revised version of update first published 12 January 2016