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Goteborg’s Nordic Film Lab and Work-In-Progress Showcase Emerging Talent

1 February 2015 9:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlinale-Selected John Skoog Tops Goteborg’s Startsladden with ‘Reduit (Redoubt)’

26 January 2015 1:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Jon Asp

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