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1001 Grams to open Nordic Film Days

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1001 Grams to open Nordic Film Days
Norway’s submission to the Oscars to open 56th edition; Jihlava docfest winners revealed.

Bent Hamer’s latest feature film 1001 Grams will be the opening film tonight for Lübeck’s Nordic Film Days (Oct 29 – Nov 2), which has a programme of 172 films screening from the North and North-East of Europe.

Norway’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was co-produced by Cologne-based Pandora Film Produktion and will be released theatrically in Germany by Pandora’s distribution arm, Pandora Film Verleih, on December 18.

Ahead of 1001 Grams’ German premiere in Lübeck, co-producer Claudia Steffen and her partners at Pandora issued a statement expressing their concern „that one of our most important allies, the Film- und Medienstiftung Nrw, has faced significant cut-backs from its two main shareholders.“

Earlier this month, public broadcaster Wdr had revealed its intention to reduce its voluntary annual contribution to Germany’s leading regional film fund by $ 3.82m (€ 3m), and the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
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Harried and Intimate, Eight Deadly Shots Gets a Deserved Preservation

Another vital act of preservation brought to these shores via Moma's To Save and Project Festival, Mikko Niskanen's Eight Deadly Shots (1972) stands as a harried, intimate epic, a 316-minute examination of the ways that alcohol ravages the life of one ne'er-do-well moonshining farmer (Niskanen himself) and his family in rural Finland. Originally broadcast as televised installments, the film, like both the drinking and agrarian lives, feels cyclical, with periods of despair giving way to bright, sober spring. Bumbling in and out of odd jobs, forever short on the money the government insists he owes, Pasi, the glum farmer played by Niskanen, clambers home drunk, fights with his wife, sometimes gets arrested—if only he could put the drinking behind him. But then when ...
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The Golden Donkey Rotterdam 2012

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Is Somebody Looking For His Stuffed Toy Octopus? Does Anybody Know A Man Missing A Plushy Darling?

We found this poor creature in the men's room of Rotterdam's Cinerama right after a screening of some serious Brazilian smut-fest, Jean Garret's Fuk Fuk à Brasileira (1986). It was lying around there looking lost. There was nobody else at the pissoirs. The stalls proved empty. Someone was obviously so lost in his own sweet or sour self that he forgot his stuffed toy octopus! What could he have been thinking about for this to happen?

Could he have contemplated the programmers' collective nastiness which made them select a film in which, as we were told, a donkey gets slaughtered en detail and for an extended period of running time? And no, we won't mention the title here knowing only too well that this might encourage some sickos to search out this...this.
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Rotterdam 2012. Tribute to Peter von Bagh

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Today's announcement from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 through February 5) concerns a tribute to Peter von Bagh, part of the main Signals section: "With over fifty film titles under his belt, Peter von Bagh may still be the better known in his other persona: as writer of more than twenty books, as television presenter, as artistic director of the Midnight Sun Festival in Sodankyla, which he co-founded in 1986 with the Kaurismäki brothers and as well Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, since 2001. He also is editor-in-chief, since 1971, of the Filmihullu magazine, and a professor of film history in the Helsinki University of Arts."

On to the lineup, with descriptions from the festival, beginning with the features:

Lastuja – Taiteilijasuvun vuosisata (Splinters - A Century of an Artistic Family). Finland, 2011, 74’. A century of development, starting in the era of Finland's nascent nationalism, when the country still belonged to Tsarist Russia, ending in the heydays of post-wwii liberalism,
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