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‘101-Year-Old Man,’ ‘Giant,’ ‘My Aunt in Sarajevo’ Lead Sweden’s Guldbagge Nominations

‘101-Year-Old Man,’ ‘Giant,’ ‘My Aunt in Sarajevo’ Lead Sweden’s Guldbagge Nominations
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared” is leading the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars, with eight nominations.

Directed by Felix Herngren and Måns Herngren, “The 101-Year-Old Man” is competing for best film, director, actress and actor. The movie is the sequel to “100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” which was a smash hit in Sweden and won four prizes at the Guldbagge, as well as audience prizes in Florida and Chicago, along with nominations at the European Film Awards, Goya and Academy Awards (for makeup and hairstyling).

Other Guldbagge frontrunners include Johannes Nyholm’s “The Giant” (pictured above) and “My Aunt in Sarajevo” which earned six nominations each. Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin’s “My Future Love” and Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game” are nominated in five categories each.

Winner of San Sebastian’s special jury prize,
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‘The Giant’s’ Johannes Nyholm on Swedish Westerns, Petanque and Imagination

‘The Giant’s’ Johannes Nyholm on Swedish Westerns, Petanque and Imagination
San Sebastian — It’s typical of Johannes Nyholm that when pitching “The Giant” via a Kickstarter vid campaign, earnestly talking about how he needs $12,500 for VFX, he begins talking to the camera while taking out the trash, then fills up his water bottle from a local Goteborg swimming pool.

Though his work ranges, taking in the eco tragedy of the animated short “Dreams From the Woods,” a daintily drawn 2D tale of a spindly bird and girl in burnt rain-drenched forest, this mix of bathos, low culture and artistic ambition which made Nyholm an Internet name even before his first feature, his preview trailer for “Las Palmas,” “Baby Trashing a Bar,” in which a middle-aged tourist, played by his one-year old daughter, gets wasted in a bar, to the stunned embarrassment of its staff and clients, played by marinate puppets became an internet sensation.

But Las Palmas is also a
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San Sebastian: Joris-Peyrafitte, Guzzoni, Nyholm Lead New Generation Competition Invasion

San Sebastian: Joris-Peyrafitte, Guzzoni, Nyholm Lead New Generation Competition Invasion
New movies from Bertrand Bonello – the potentially controversial “Nocturama” – Hong Sang-soo and Arnaud des Pallieres will vie in main competition for San Sebastian’s Golden Seashell.

But it is the festival’s daring bet on a new generation of filmmakers, including Sundance winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Chile’s Fernando Guzzoni but mostly drawn from Europe, which will define this year’s 64th edition. Seven of the 11 San Sebastian competition titles announced to date – including Ewan McGregor’s first directorial outing, “American Pastoral” – are either feature-debuts or made by directors under the age of 40.

The focus on young talent, compounded by a long-running New Directors competition, among the most important of its kind worldwide, comes as San Sebastian is also reinforcing another of its central axes: Its bridge with Latin America. In its latest move, it has launched a new prize, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award. It first winner is Gael Garcia Bernal,
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Cannes: who's in the running?

Cannes: who's in the running?
Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins and Indian
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Goteborg Works In Progress find suitors

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Celluloid Dreams handles Valley of Shadows; Media Luna boards Little Wing; Indie Sales represents The Giant.

The old adage of ‘leaving them wanting more’ was certainly on display at the Works In Progress pitches at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market this year (full line-up below).

The most-anticipated pitch of the session was Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut The Giant. The director showed several scenes from the film, but refrained from showing footage of the fantastical Giant as he said the VFX was still being worked on.

Also holding back were the producers of Cold Case Hammarskjold, the latest provocative documentary from Mads Brugger (of The Ambassador and The Red Chapel fame), about the death of Swedish diplomat and author Dag Hammarskjold.

Co-producer Andreas Rocksen said the filmmakers had a new theory about how Hammarskjold’s plane went down in 1961, but he said the theory won’t be revealed until the film is ready.

Several of the
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Indie Sales Acquires Johannes Nyholm’s ‘The Giant’

Goteborg, Sweden– Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired international sales to Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut “The Giant” which is presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market in the work-in-progress showcase.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old severely deformed man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Leading shingle Swedish Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, whose last short “Las Palmas” (pictured above) opened at Sundance and played at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. His previous two shorts “Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” also played at Directors Fortnight.

Indie Sales’ topper Nicolas Eschbach said he was drawn to the project at script stage.
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Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market Spotlights Scandi Newcomers

Goteborg — Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Valley of Shadows,” Johannes Nyholm’s “The Giant” and Katja Wik’s “The Ex-Wife” are among the flurry of promising debut features set to be showcased at the 17th edition of Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, who has had three shorts – “Las Palmas,””Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” — at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. “Las Palmas” also played at Sundance.

“Valley of Shadows,” a Norwegian supernatural thriller, takes place in the Norwegian bible belt and centers
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Goteborg reveals next wave of Nordic hits

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Nordic Film Market includes debut films by Force Majeure actress, the screenwriter of A Royal Affair and director of viral hit Las Palmas; CAA, UTA and ICM agents among attending industry.Scroll down for full list

More than 40 Nordic films and works in progress will be presented at the fruitful Nordic Film Market in Goteborg, which runs Feb 4-7 during to the Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 29 - Feb 8).

Often a productive staging post for impressive upcoming regional features and emerging talent, the 2016 lineup includes 17 finished features and 20 works in progress, plus eight titles presented as part of the Nordic Film Lab Discovery programme.

The works-in-progress presentations (see full list below) include ten debut films from the likes of A Royal Affair screenwriter Rasmus Heisterberg, viral hit Las Palmas director Johannes Nyholm, Force Majeure actress Fanni Metelius and Cannes Cinefondation alumni Juho Kuosmanen and Shahrbanoo Sadat.

Other works in progress will be presented from directors Mads Brugger ([link
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Goteborg’s Nordic Film Lab and Work-In-Progress Showcase Emerging Talent

Goteborg’s Nordic Film Lab and Work-In-Progress Showcase Emerging Talent
Goteborg, Sweden– “Happy People,” the sophomore project of Samanou A. Sahlstrom, whose debut “In Your Arms” won Goteborg’s jury prize and Dragon nod for best film, was one of the highlights of Goteborg’s Nordic Film Lab.

Weaving mystery and family drama, “Happy People” centers around a Danish couple living abroad in a idyllic small resort with their 10-year old son. But one day, as he is on his way to buy an ice-cream, the boy mysteriously disappears and his clothes are found on the deserted beach. The film then depicts how each parent is coping with the grief of losing their only child and cultivating the hope that he might reappear, and how that’s has affected their relationship. Sahlstrom also said “Happy People” will have procedural elements as audiences will follow the investigation surrounding the boy’s disappearance in the small village. Danish shingle Meta Film is developing the project.
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Berlinale-Selected John Skoog Tops Goteborg’s Startsladden with ‘Reduit (Redoubt)’

Goteborg — John Skoog’s “Reduit (Redoubt)” has won the 12th Goteborg Festival’s Startsladden, one of the world’s largest short film prizes, carrying a nearly Sk500,000 ($64,000) prize in cash, film equipment and services.

A hauntingly beautiful film about a man who once erected a fortress in the countryside, “Reduit” (Redoubt)” was one of eight titles that played at Goteborg’s Cinema Draken. Skoog, who trained at school in Franfurt, dubbed the win “a very brave jury choice.”

Produced by Erik Hemmendorff at Plattform, and made thanks to a scholarship of Stockholm Film Festival, Skoog’s previous short, “Shadowland,” has also been selected for February’s Berlin Festival. Shot in the vicinity of Los Angeles, “Shadowland” is a poetic take on locations that in various ways have had a prominence in early Hollywood films.

The Startsladden Audience Award went to Amanda Kernell’s painful – but hopeful – Laplander story “Northern Great
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Awards for Best CineMart Projects 2013 Handed Out

Once again, Latin America is making a show, though this time Argentina trumps Chile with Zama by Lucrecia Martel ♀ (Argentina/Spain).

The 30th CineMart, co-production market of International Film Festival Rotterdam concluded in Rotterdam, with the announcement of the three awards for best CineMart Projects 2013.

Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm (Denmark/Sweden) wins the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award; the Arte International Prize goes to The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland/UK/Greece) and the WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award goes to Zama by Lucrecia Martel (Argentina/Spain).

The Jury for the CineMart Awards consisted of Olivier Père (Arte France Cinéma), Petri Kemppinen (Finnish Film Foundation / Eurimages representative), Annamaria Lodato (Arte France), Himesh Kar (WorldView) and Amy Richardson (Worldview).

The winners and the Jury statements are:

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (30,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project with a European partner is given to Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm, a co-production of BeoFilm Productions (Denmark) and Garagefilm International (Sweden).

‘A project of a talented filmmaker who is about to make a leap from widely appreciated short films to his first fiction that will a tender melodrama.’

Johannes Nyholm (1974, Sweden) is an artist and film director based in Gothenburg. The animated film series The Tale of Little Puppetboy (2006) was originally shown at, and made for, gallery screenings. But it has also been shown widely at festivals around the world. The music video Twice, for Little Dragon, was the origin for the short film Dreams from the Woods (2009), which premiered in Cannes. Even before being completed, his latest short, Las Palmas (2011), gained a global reputation through a trailer more successful than any Hollywood blockbuster. The Giant will be Nyholm’s first feature film.

Arte International Prize

The Arte International Prize (7,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project is given to The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, a production of Element Pictures (Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece).

‘A very exciting and original project from one of the most talented emerging filmmakers of the last decade.’

Yorgos Lanthimos (1973, Greece) filmed a series of videos for dance theatre companies throughout the 1990's. Since 1995, he has directed a number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and stage plays. His first feature film, Kinetta (2005), screened to critical acclaim at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. His second feature, Dogtooth (2009), won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Alps (2011), his latest film, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Osella Award for best screenplay.

WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award

The WorldView New Genres Fund Development Award (5,000 Euro) for the Best CineMart 2013 Project is given to Zama by Lucrecia Martel, a co-production of Lita Stantic Producciones (Argentina) and El Deseo (Spain).

‘A visually stunning and uniquely approached period project by one of South America’s most influential director.’

Lucrecia Martel (1966, Argentina) made several short films, a children's television programme and documentaries. Her first full-length film, La ciénaga(2001), won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2001 Berlinale; La niña santa (2004), her second feature, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Martel’s latest feature is La mujer sin cabeza (2008), which premiered in Competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. All Martel’s features have been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

CineMart was the first platform of its kind to offer filmmakers the opportunity to launch their ideas to the international film industry and to find the right connections to get their projects additionally financed. CineMart also heralds an important start of the 'film year'.

Every year, the CineMart invites a select number of directors/producers to present their film projects to co-producers, funds, sales agents, distributors, TV stations and other potential financiers.

For its 30th edition, CineMart selected thirty-four projects. The selection included four ‘Art:Film’ projects and four projects from this year’s Boost! program.

CineMart is supported by:

Media Programme of the European Union

Rotterdam Development Corporation (Dso)

Netherlands Film Fund

Media Mundus

Arte France Cinéma

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Adam Buxton: a music video for every mood

Fancy a nice cry, but don't know how to set it off? Let one

half of Adam & Joe guide you through the pop promos to match your emotions

A video to inspire you

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Sour – Hibi No Neiro

(2009, Masashi Kawamura, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura and Masayoshi Nakamura)

Even if you've never seen this video, you're likely to have seen one of several adverts that used it as "inspiration". It features webcam images of around 80 fans of Japanese band Sour coordinated to create a web version of those times they get people at football matches to hold up cards that make a giant image when viewed from a distance. It took two months to plan and four weeks to execute.

A video to get you angry

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Justice – Stress

(2008, Romain Gavras)

A gang of yobby boys (or
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The Palace wins best Australian short film at Flickerfest

A film set during the 1974 Turkish innovation of Cyprus has won Flickerfest’s Best Australian Short Film.

It marked a successful day for the film, which also won best screenplay for a short film, and best fiction short film at the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTAs) earlier in the day.

The Palace, written and directed by Anthony Maras and produced by Maras, Kate Croser, and Andros Achilleos won took out the local competition at the Festival, now in its 21 year.

In The Palace a Cypriot family takes refuge in an abandoned Ottoman era palace as the Turkish forces advance. A young Turkish conscript games face to face with the family and confronted with the brutality of war.

The film has previously won best short film at both the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals and the audience award at Adelaide Film Festival.

The special Jury Award went to the film Julian,
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Simon And The Oaks Tops Swedish Oscar Nominations: Guldbagge Awards

Bill Skarsgård, Simon and the Oaks Best film Apflickorna / She Monkeys Producer: Helene Lindholm Play Producer: Erik Hemmendorff Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Producers: Christer Nilson, Per Holst Best Foreign Language Film Kynodontas / Dogtooth Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Jodaeiye Nader az Simin / A Separation Director: Asghar Farhadi Winter's Bone Director: Debra Granik Best Director Lisa Aschan for Apflickorna / She Monkeys Lisa Ohlin for Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Ruben Östlund for Play Best actress in a leading role Ann Petrén for her role as Jonna in Happy End Magdalena Poplawska for her role as Marta in Between 2 Fires Helen Sjöholm for her role as Karin Larsson in Simon och ekarna / Simon and the Oaks Best actor in a leading role Mikael Persbrandt for his role as Johan in Stockholm Östra / Stockholm East Sven-Bertil Taube for his role as George in En enkel till Antibes / A One-way to
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