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Göteborg International Film Festival 2013


"Northwest" (Michael Noer)

The Göteborg IFF is not just Scandinavia's biggest film festival; it also boasts one of the most lucrative film prizes in the world. The Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film comes with 1 million Swedish kronor (about €116 000). This year's main Dragon Award went to Before the Snow (Før snøen faller), a debut feature from Kurdish-Norwegian director Hisham Zaman. The festival awarded 18 additional prizes, including a Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary (Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart, dir. Mika Ronkainen), and Audience awards for Best Feature (Wadjda, dir. Haifaa Al Mansour) and Best Nordic Film (A Hijacking, dir. Tobias Lindholm). An Honorary Dragon Award went to German director Margarethe von Trotta, who was in attendance at the festival: to mark the occasion, there were screenings of her latest film, Hannah Arendt as well as her 1975 feature debut, The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum.

Göteborg's non-competitive sections included a special focus on British animator Peter Lord (co-founder of Aardman Animations studio, home of Wallace and Gromit), a 'Greece in Crisis' programme tracing the wave of realism in contemporary Greek cinema, and 'Inside Iran', a selection from a larger Rotterdam IFF programme of contemporary films by Iranian directors. For the festival's 'Critics' Week' section, seven critics were asked to present a film of their choice: FIPRESCI's Oscar Peyrou presented The Wild Ones (dir. Alejandro Fadel), Katja Čičigoj presented A Night Too Young (dir. Olmo Omerzu) and Alison Frank presented Tall as the Baobab Tree (dir. Jeremy Teicher). (Alison Frank)

Göteborg (Sweden, January 25 — February 4, 2013). Prize: Northwest (Nordvest) by Michael Noer (Denmark, 2013), presented in "Best Nordic Film". Jury: Oscar Peyrou, Spain ("El Correo de Andalucía"), Katja Cicigoj, Slovenia ("Ekran"), Alison Frank, UK ("Afterimage"). Print source: Trustnordisk APS, Filmbyen28, DK-2650 Hvidovre, Denmark, T +45 3686 8788,

The jury stated: "For its solid acting performances and its balanced and realistic portrayal of a young man's descent into a criminal world."


Neither Gangster Film Nor Family Drama — But Both at the Same Time. Katja Čičigoj reviewed FIPRESCI Prize winner Northwest by Michael Noer. arrow.
Startsladden: The Swedish Short Competition 2013. Alison Frank felt that sometimes the Startsladden shortfilm was better than the Nordic competition feature that followed. arrow.
A Mystical Thriller of a Pilgrimage. Oscar Peyrou reviewed Argentinian director Alejandro Fadel's film The Wild Ones (Los Salvajes). arrow.



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