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Assured but not always likable, “I Am Yours” centers on a young woman who refuses the traditional roles of obedient daughter and good mother as she struggles to find love and acceptance. Debuting Norwegian helmer-writer Iram Haq draws on her experience as the child of Pakistani immigrants to probe the problems of a woman caught between cultures, her dysfunctional upbringing having left her with no knowledge of what real love is. Boasting an irresponsible yet sympathetic protagonist, the pic marked a brave choice as Norway’s foreign-language Oscar submission and signals Haq as a talent to watch. International fest play is ongoing.
Petite, shapely, struggling actress Mina (Amrita Acharia, “Game of Thrones”) is a 27-year-old divorcee who shares custody of her 6-year-old son, Felix (Prince Singh), with her now remarried ex (Assad Siddique), a successful architect. Mina’s traditional, hypercritical mother (Rabia Noreen) constantly worries about the gossip from local Norwegian-Pakistani community, »
- Alissa Simon
Swedish director, producer and journalist Tarik Saleh got his start in the early 1990s as one of his country’s most prominent graffiti artists. Since then, Saleh has gone on to co-direct documentaries including 2001’s “Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara” and “Gitmo – The New Rules of War” in 2005. “Metropia,” the animated feature Saleh directed in 2009, premiered as the opening film at the critic week in Venice. Saleh is also a co-founder of the Swedish production company Atmo. His current thriller, “Tommy,” starring Ola Rapace and Lykke Li, switches gears as Saleh transitions from the docu format to fiction. Based on actual events, “Tommy” tells the story of a robbery at an airport and offers a more in-depth portrayal of the women in Sweden’s crime world. The flick will close the Goteborg Int’l film festival and bows in Swedish theaters in March. Variety talked to Saleh during the festival. »
- Andrea Seikaly
Paris– Brit thesp and director Ralph Fiennes will be feted at Goteborg, Scandinavia’s biggest film fest, with a Honorary Dragon Award.
“Since his great international breakthrough with ‘Schindler’s List,’ Fiennes has belonged to the chosen band of actors whose mien grants a mysterious aura to films in all genres,” stated the fest. “His acting is characterized by gravity, vigor and extraordinary presence.”
Fiennes’ range as an actor is reflected in the diversity of his credits — from his iconic performance as Lord Voldemort in “Harry Potter” to the romance drama “The English Patient.” Thesp toplines Wes Anderson’s humor-laced drama “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which opens Stateside on March 7.
Goteborg’s star-studded Gala section will be particularly strong with such critically-aclaimed, awards’ season favorites as Ethan and Joel Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “August: Osage County” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, “Labor Day” with Kate Winslet, “Dallas Buyers Club” with Matthew McConaughey, »
- Elsa Keslassy
3 items from 2014
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