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Scandinavia's largest film festival - programme for 2009

Enlightening January - Programme Release

Today, January 8, the programme of the 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival is released. The festival of 2009 offers a programme where 450 short, feature and documentary films from 65 countries will be screened during ten days. On top of that we find around 45 seminars, the Nordic Film Market and a Festival tent full of events, concerts and parties.

"I am extremely proud of this year's programme! In these harsh times, not only weatherwise, it feels really good to b e able to present this grand fireworks of film, art, seminars, discussions and parties", says Festival Director Marit Kapla.

Opening film is Nahid Persson Sarvestani's The Queen and I about the director's meeting with Farah Diba (Pahlavi). This film is the first one of the nominated films for the Nordic Film Award. The Closing Film will be, The Film I Don't Talk About Anymore by Jesper Ganslandt and Martin Degrell.

This year we look in an eastern direction and focus on the film country Turkey. In the Turkish close up we see 10 new, exciting, Turkish films, counting 2 documentaries and 8 fiction films, ranging from thrillers to action to every day realism to poetic tales and ro admovies. On top of that: a retrospective devoted to Nuri Bilge Ceylan and his work.

The Swedish programme Swedish Images/Svenska Bilder, includes a total of 143 films. The film year of 2008 is examined and the programme also includes nine brand new feature films, two tv series and 112 short films.

In addition to the films the Göteborg International Film Festival programme presents seminar programme Cinemix. Cinemix 2008 includes 45 seminars and examines subjects such as Bosnian film, the subject of art film, Swedish film politics and a Master Class with American animator Bill Plympton.

For the 10th year in a row the Nordic Film Market, the festival's market place for new Nordic films and TV, presents closed screenings for specially invited buyers, distributors, and festival programmers from all over the world.

All themes at the 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival:

THE INGMAR BERGMAN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AWARD

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! Opening film: Pomegranates and Myrrh by Najwa Najjar.

NORDIC COMPETITION

Eight new Nordic feature films are in competition for the festival's Nordic Film Prize - SEK 100 000 and Ernst Billgren's lovely mosaic dragon! Opening film: The Queen and I by Nahid Persson Sarvestani.

SWEDISH DOCUMENTARIES - WORLD PREMIÈRES

Six powerful Swedish documentaries: the story of Ebbe Carlsson, the crop dusting of bananas in Nicaragua, images from a small Swedish community, unexcavated Spanish mass graves, the financial meltdown in a historic context and the shoot that never became a film. Opening film: Greetings From the Woods by Mikel Cee Karlsson.

SWEDISH FEATURE FILMS - WORLD PREMIÈRES

Three feature films: a mother battling cancer, a dumped guy in the Swedish Karaoke championship and a docudrama about the murders in Knutby. And two miniseries! Opening film: The Storm by Calle Östlund.

SWEDISH IMAGES

93 Swedish shorts, including Amir Chamdin's latest and the directorial debut of actress Saga Gärde, the films in competition for the Startsladden award, a retrospective of the Swedish cinema releases of 2008, newly restored work from Ingmar Bergman and short film programmes from our intro film maker Mårten Nilsson and our new Honorary President Roy Andersson. Opening film: Attached to You by Cecilia Actis, Carin Bräck and Mia Hulterstam.

NORDIC LIGHT

The best of the latest from our four Nordic neighbours. Danish blockbuster Flame and Citron, new films from Klaus Härö and Mika Kaurismäki and the topical documentary Burma VJ - Reporting From a Closed Country. Opening film: Troubled Water by Erik Poppe.

FOCUS: TURKEY

There's a lot happening on the cinematic front in Turkey. The country produces more and more film, the more commercial works drawing huge crowds at home and the more personal reflections making an impact on festivals worldwide. We screen 13 top notch films: one documentary, nine feature films and three earlier films from the exciting director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Opening film: Three Monkeys by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

GALA

Big films, name directors, red carpet, Oscar alerts and première atmosphere. Opening film: Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle.

MASTERS

New films from directors whose work is always an event in and of itself: Robert Guédiguian, Jia Zhangke, Claire Simon, Jerzy Skolimowski, Marco Tullio Giordana, Terence Davies, Majid Majidi, Claire Denis, Zhang Yuan, Léa Pool och Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Opening film: 35 Shots of Rum av Claire Denis.

ANIMANIA

Our animation section is more impressive than ever, featuring among other things the spectacular documentary Waltz with Bashir, animated Israeli short films, this year's Animator in Focus Bill Plympton and new work from Priit Pärn. Opening film: Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman.

HBT

A collection of very diverse films with a common denominator - they depict love that isn't traditionally heterosexual. From Victorian England to today's Istanbul via Italian beach life. Opening film: Milk by Gus Van Sant.

SPORT X 3

The Danish national football team, American highschool basketball to the beat of high profile rap artists and football teams for the homeless. Opening film: Danish Dynamite.

EXILE - HOME AND BACK AGAIN

A recurring theme in contemporary film: stories about leaving one's homeland and, not the least, returning again. Opening film: Buick Riviera by Goran Rusinovic.

THE WALL - 20 YEARS LATER

Since the fall of the Berlin wall the societies east of the Iron Curtain have gone through a, not always painless, readjustment to a new economic system. Contemporary studies and flashbacks. Opening film: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner by Stephan Komanarev.

CRITIC'S WEEK

Four Swedish film critics and three foreign ones (representing the FIPRESCI jury at the festival) have each selected a film, whose first screening they will personally introduce. Opening film: Two-Legged Horse by Samira Makhmalbaf.

MUSIC NON-STOP

Norwegian black metal, the Roskilde Festival, Spinal Tap for real and the world's most recorded song. Opening film: Anvil! The Story of Anvil by Sacha Gervasi.

FESTIVAL FAVOURITES

A selection of the most popular and award-winning films that have toured the festivals over the past year. Opening film: Delta by Kornel Mundruczó.

IMAGES ON IMAGES

Films about art, media, photography and film. An Afghan starters course in documentary filmmaking, a portrait of director Andrei Tarkovsky and cult graffiti in the rearview mirror. Opening film: Guest of Cindy Sherman by Paul Hasegawa-Overacker and Tom Donahue.

ANOTHER VIEW

Filmmakers who challenge our weary eyes, who tell a tale in a new way. Opening film: I Want to See by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.

FIRST CUT

Meet tomorrow's great film hope here! Opening film: Insignificant Things by Andrea Martinez Crowther.

IT'S ALL TRUE

One of the trends among festival documentaries is climate issues and ecology, from garbage in Naples to ecological French school cuisine and whale hunting protests in Antarctica. Opening film: I.O.U.S.A. by Patrick Creadon.

FIVE CONTINENTS

For those of you who hate categorization and prefer an unconditional journey among the best films in the world! Opening film: The Necessities of Life by Benoît Pilon.

Guests so far confirmed for the 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival. More will be added!

THE INGMAR BERGMAN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AWARD

Emily Atef, director, Germany - The Stranger in Me
Aida Begic, director, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Snow
Najwa Najjar. director, Palestine - Pomegranates and Myrrh
Enrique Rivero, director, Mexico - Parque vía

THE NORDIC COMPETITION

Aleksi Bardi, producer, Finland - The Visitor
Beata Gårdeler, director, Sweden - In Your Veins
Johan Jonason, director, Sweden - Guidance
Dome Karukoski, director, Finland - Forbidden Fruit
Nahid Persson Sarvestani, director, Sweden - The Queen and I

SWEDISH DOCUMENTARIES - WORLD PRE MIÈRES

Karin af Klintberg, director, Sweden - Ebbe - the Movie
Martin Degrell, director, Sweden - The Film I Don-t Talk About Anymore
Jesper Ganslandt, director, Sweden - The Film I Don-t Talk About Anymore
Carl Pontus Hjorthén, director, Sweden - Mari Carmen España: At the End of Silence
Martin Jönsson, director, Sweden - Mari Carmen España: At the End of Silence
Mikel Cee Karlsson, director, Sweden - Greetings from the Woods
Jane Magnusson, director, Sweden - Ebbe - the Movie
Maj Wechselmann, director, Sweden - Money and the Panic - A Film About Greed

SWEDISH FEATURE FILMS - WORLD PREMIÈRES

Baker Karim, director, Sweden - Babajou Family
Petra Revenue, director, Sweden - Almost Elvis
Lisa Siwe, director, Sweden - Glowing Stars
Karin Swärd, director, Sweden - Vägen hem
Calle Östlund, director, Sweden - The Storm

SWEDISH RETRO

Roy Andersson, director, Sweden - Roy Andersson's short films
Mårten Nilsson, director, Sweden - Hur Mårten Nilsson gör

NORDIC LIGHT

Klaus Härö, director, Finland - Letters to Father Jacob
Anders Østergaard, director, Denmark - Burma VJ - Reporting from a Closed Country

FOCUS: TURKEY

Hüsein Karabey, director, Turkey - My Marlon and Brando
Seyfi Seyfi, director, Turkey - Summer Book
Kazim Öz, director, Turkey - Storm

GALA

Thure Lindhardt, actor, Denmark - Flame and Citron
Ole Christian Madsen, director, Denmark - Flame and Citron
Peter Mygind, actor, Denmark - Flame and Citron

MASTERS

Zhang Yuan, director, China - Dada's Dance
Li Xinyun, actor, China - Dada's Dance
Yunhan Cai, producer, China - Dada's Dance
Qian Wang, producer, China - Dada's Dance
Jiapeng Chen, producer, China - Dada's Dance
Jiaying Han, art director, China - Dada's Dance
Han Niu, director's assistant, China - Dada's Dance
Claire Simon, director, France - God's Offices
Marco Tullio Giordana, director, Italy - Wild Blood

ANIMANIA

Tsvika Oren, director, Israel - Not a War Story - A Look at Recent Israeli Animation
Bill Plympton, director, USA, + short films
Olga Pärn, director, Estonia - Life Without Gabriella Ferri
Priit Pärn, director, Estonia - Life Without Gabriella Ferri

HBT

Gustav Hofer, director, I taly - Suddenly Last Winter
Hormoz, director, France - I Dreamt Un der the Water
Döndü Kilic, director Turkey - The Other Side of Istanbul
Nana Neul, director, Germany - To Faro
Luca Ragazzi, director, Italy - Suddenly Last Winter
Francis Pasion, director, Philippines - Jay

3 X SPORT

Kasia Adami, director, Poland - Offsiders

THE WALL - 20 YEARS LATER

Christian Klandt, director, Germany - Weltstadt

CRITIC'S WEEK

Lyes Salem, director, France - Masquerades

FESTIVAL FAVOURITES

Sean Baker, director, USA - Prince of Broadway
Denis Coté, director, Canada - All That She Wants
Dean Darren, producer, USA - Prince of Broadway
Christophe van Rompay, director, Belgium - Moscow, Belgium

IMAGES ON IMAGES

Tom Donahue, director, USA - Guest of Cindy Sherman
Paul Hasegawa - Overacker, direc tor, USA - Guest of Cindy Sherman
Manny Kirchheimer, director, USA, Spraymasters + Staions of the Elevated
Dmitry Trakovsky, director, USA - Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky

FIRST CUT

Anca Damian, director, Romania - Crossing Dates
Anthony Jiendu, producer, Nigeria - Trapped Dream
Namik Kabil, director, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nightguards
Marie Miyayama-Sinz, director, Germany - Red Spot
Uberto Pasolini, director, Italy/UK - Machan
Joseph Ugandukwu Obaka, director, Nigeria - Trapped Dream

IT'S ALL TRUE

Masha Novikova, director, Netherlands - Anna - Seven Years on the Frontline

FIVE CONTINENTS

Lionel Baier, director, Switzerland - Another Man
Ulrich Herrmann, producer, Germany - Long Shadows
Philippe Falardeau, director, Canada - It's Not Me, I Swear!

THE NORDIC FILM AW ARD JURY

Vinca Wiedemann, producer and script advisor, Denmark
Auli Mantila, producer and director, Finland
Mikael Marcimain, director, Sweden
Marian Saastad Ottesen, actor, Norway

JURY - The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

Bille August, director, Denmark
Marco Tullio Giordana, director, Italy
Astrid Söderbergh-Widding, Chairman of The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, Sweden

Others

Matti Bye, musiker, Sweden - Cinemix
Daniel Espinosa, director, Sweden - Winter Host
Måns Herngren, director, Sweden - Allt flyter + Vintervärd
Nathan Lee, film critic, USA - Cinemix seminar
John Ajvide Lindqvist, author and script writer, Sweden - Script Writer's Comment
Tuva Novotny, actor, Sweden - Cinemix seminar
Cecilia Parsberg, artist, Sweden - Cinemix
Andrea Reuter, journalist, Sweden - host Studio Draken
Tarik Saleh, director, Sweden - Cinemix, Metropia
Marcus Öhrn, artist, Sweden - Magic Bullet

Press Manager: Camilla Larsson
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E-mail: camilla.larsson@filmfestival.org

Press Assistant: Karin Andersson
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