Five Danish films in the main competitions at Göteborg Film Festival

FESTIVAL. Nine Danish films are part of the festival line-up at the biggest Nordic film festival starting on January 26. Four Danish feature films are selected for Nordic Competition and one Danish documentary is selected for Nordic Documentary Competition.

'The Empire' directed by Frederikke Aspöck will celebrate the world premiere at the festival where the film is presented in the Nordic Competition section. The film challenges with both deep seriousness and absurd comedy the Dane's collective memory loss of their colonial past. 

Malou Reymann's 'Unruly' and Martin Skovbjerg's 'Copenhagen Does Not Exist' will celebrate their nordic premieres in the Nordic Competition section alongside Hlynur Pálmason critically acclaimed 'Godland' which is celebrating Swedish premiere at the festival.

Furthermore, the Danish documentary 'Apolonia, Apolonia' by Lea Glob is selected for the Nordic Documentary Competition and will have its Nordic premiere at the festival. The film received the main award at IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.


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Bille August’s ‘The Kiss’ is presented at a special gala screening and the Nordic Light section will be screening several Danish films, including 'The Cake Dynasty' by Christian Lollike and 'The Great Silence' by Katrine Brocks. Lastly Birgitte Stærmose’s new feature film 'Camino' will be closing the festival. 

Göteborg Film Festival is with its regional focus considered an important international window for new Nordic Talents. Last year was a very strong year for Danish films at the festival where Tea Lindeburg's 'As in Heaven' took home the main award for Best Nordic Film and Simon Lereng Wilmont’s ‘A House Made of Splinters’ took home the main award for Best Nordic Documentary.

Nordic Competition

  • 'Copenhagen does not exist, Martin Skovbjerg (Nordic premiere)
  • 'Godland', Hlynur Pálmason (Swedish premiere)
  • 'The Empire', Frederikke Aspöck
  • 'Unruly', Malou Reymann (Nordic premiere)

Nordic Documentary Competition

  • 'Apolonia, Apolonia', Lea Glob (Nordic premiere)

Nordic Light

  • 'The Cake Dynasty', Christian Lollike (Swedish premiere)
  • Camino, Birgitte Stærmose (World premiere)
  • 'The Great Silence', Katrine Brocks (Swedish premiere)


  • The Kiss, Bille August (Nordic premiere)

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