GFF 2017

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40th Göteborg Film Festival 2017, complete list

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1. Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | 117 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Chris Myland, Alf Myreen

Votes: 3,470 | Gross: $0.38M

2. Dröm vidare (2017)

92 min | Drama

Mirja must find her place after serving jail time. When she gets a job as a hotel cleaner she starts living a double life. She's torn between her sick mother and her old group of friends, who have always been her real family.

Director: Rojda Sekersöz | Stars: Evin Ahmad, Adel Ahmod, Stina Almquist, Jimmy Backman

Votes: 250

4. Hjartasteinn (2016)

Unrated | 129 min | Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

In a fishing village in Iceland, a boy develops feelings for his best friend as his best friend pursues his affections for a girl.

Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson | Stars: Baldur Einarsson, Blær Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir

Votes: 3,141

5. Sameblod (2016)

110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Director: Amanda Kernell | Stars: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi, Julius Fleischanderl

Votes: 3,934

6. Tyttö nimeltä Varpu (2016)

100 min | Drama

Little Wing tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who's quickly growing to adulthood, and about her mother (Paula Vesala), who doesn't want to grow up.

Director: Selma Vilhunen | Stars: Linnea Skog, Paula Vesala, Lauri Maijala, Santtu Karvonen

Votes: 559

7. The Man (2017)

94 min | Drama

Simon is the king of the Danish art scene - eccentric, successful, wealthy, with a beautiful wife and a young mistress. Life is beautiful, until the day his unknown son Casper turns up and ... See full summary »

Director: Charlotte Sieling | Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Søren Malling, Ane Dahl Torp, Jessica Dinnage

Votes: 458

8. Hjertestart (2017)

102 min | Drama

After his wife's death, offshore oil worker Kjetil is having a hard time relating to his adopted son Daniel. In an act of desperation, he brings Daniel along to Colombia to search for the boy's biological mother.

Director: Arild Andresen | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Marlon Moreno, Kristoffer Bech, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Votes: 194

9. Ouaga Girls (2017)

82 min | Documentary

A group of young women from the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, meet at the feminist education centre to study to become car mechanics. Ouaga Girls is a poetic ... See full summary »

Director: Theresa Traoré Dahlberg

Votes: 54

10. Citizen Schein (2017)

100 min | Documentary, Biography

A movie about the life of Harry Schein and his workings in the Swedish culture primetime.

Director: Maud Nycander | Stars: Maud Nycander, Harry Schein, Roy Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

Votes: 207

11. Shapeshifters (2017)

85 min | Documentary

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Director: Sophie Vukovic

Votes: 14

12. Nowhere to Hide (2016)

86 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

"Nowhere to Hide" follows a man - the medic and father Nori Sharif - through 5 years of dramatic change in the war-torn Diyala-province; one of the most dangerous provinces in the middle of... See full summary »

Director: Zaradasht Ahmed | Stars: Abu Fallah, Hans Husum, Mudhafar, Nori Sharif

Votes: 157

13. The War Show (2016)

100 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A Syrian radio DJ shares her experiences in the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring.

Directors: Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon | Stars: Obaidah Zytoon, Nawwara, Amal, Muhammad Houssam

Votes: 213

14. Death of a Child (2017)

80 min | Documentary

How does one live with the unbearable? When the worst has happened and the one to blame is yourself? Death of a Child is an exploration of the lives of parents who have caused their own children's deaths.

Directors: Frida Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors

Votes: 43

15. Hyvä postimies (2016)

80 min | Documentary

A small and stubborn Bulgarian village facing the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Now its electorate of 38 elderly ... See full summary »

Director: Tonislav Hristov | Stars: Ivan Fransuzov, Angela Jekova, Vangel Jekov, Ivan Halahcev

Votes: 241

16. Venus (2016)

80 min | Documentary

Two female directors in their thirties, start an investigation based on their own sexual frustrations to understand desire from a female point of view. As an excuse to get more answers, ... See full summary »

Directors: Mette Carla Albrechtsen, Lea Glob

Votes: 257

17. Bar Bahar (2016)

103 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three Palestinian women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud | Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Mahmud Shalaby

Votes: 1,666 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Das unmögliche Bild (2016)

71 min | Drama, History

"Our memory is so unreliable - sometimes what we see might as well be the future." -Johanna F.   What we see is the everyday life of a Viennese family in the 1950's, documented by 13-... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Wollner | Stars: David Jakob, Jana McKinnon, Andrea Schramek

Votes: 42

19. Mala Junta (2016)

89 min | Drama

Against the backdrop of an impending environmental crisis, two troubled adolescents strive to find their place in the world in this stirring debut film from Chile, which weaves together political themes both social and personal.

Director: Claudia Huaiquimilla | Stars: Andrew Bargsted, Eliseo Fernández, Francisco Pérez-Bannen, Francisca Gavilán

Votes: 164

20. Birdshot (2016)

TV-MA | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

"Birdshot" is a mystery-thriller film that tells a story of a young Filipina farm girl who wanders into the boundaries of a Philippine reservation forest. Deep within the reservation she ... See full summary »

Director: Mikhail Red | Stars: Arnold Reyes, Mary Joy Apostol, John Arcilla, Ku Aquino

Votes: 491

21. Knife in the Clear Water (2016)

92 min | Drama

Ma Zishan (Yang Shengcang) is an aging Muslim farmer, part of the Hui minority. He and his family eke out an existence farming on an arid moonscape in China's northwest Ningxia province. ... See full summary »

Director: Xuebo Wang | Stars: Shengcang Yang, Shengcang Yang, Chenghua Li, Chengyou Li

Votes: 88

22. Davena vihagun (2016)

84 min | Drama

Burning Birds is Sri Lankan film written and directed by Sanjeewa Pushpakumara. The film world premiered at 21st Busan International Film Festival (2016) under its New Currents Competition.

Director: Sanjeewa Pushpakumara | Stars: Anoma Janadari, Samanalee Fonseka, Mahendra Perera, Pubudu Chathuranga

Votes: 32

23. Manifesto (III) (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.

Director: Julian Rosefeldt | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Erika Bauer, Ruby Bustamante, Carl Dietrich

Votes: 4,149 | Gross: $0.14M

24. Lady Macbeth (I) (2016)

R | 89 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

Director: William Oldroyd | Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie

Votes: 13,471 | Gross: $1.13M

25. Speldosan (2017)

14 min | Short, Mystery

A family vacation and birthday celebration in Skagen, Denmark, is beset by the unexpected.

Director: Johannes Nyholm | Stars: Leif Edlund, Ylva Gallon, Katarina Jakobson

Votes: 6

27. Min börda (2017)

15 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

'An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes which takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. ... See full summary »

Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Stars: Sven Björklund, Carl Englén, Mattias Fransson, Olof Wretling

Votes: 203

28. Push it (2017)

8 min | Short, Drama, Family

PUSH IT is a film about never being able to win, even though you're the best. Hedda tries to approach Adam in every way she can, but everything she does turns out wrong. But Adam gets to ... See full summary »

Director: Julia Thelin | Stars: Geneth Gurmu, Jeremiah Jeppsson, Per Lasson

Votes: 17

29. Stay Ups (2017)

12 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

A middle-aged woman is about to get nightly visits from a young man. Her child is, as usual, in the way.

Director: Joanna Rytel

Votes: 7

30. Picture World (2017)

14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A model agent tries to do a good deed during a fashion shoot. 'Picture World' plays with our own judgemental gaze.

Director: Elin Övergaard | Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Marcus Dineen, Cecilia Milocco, Axel Petersén

31. Because the World Never Stops (2016)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

Shot live in the studio during the evening broadcast on Swedish public television, the film shows the news like you've never seen them before.

Directors: Maximilien van Aertryck, Axel Danielson

Votes: 20

32. La fille inconnue (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 5,526 | Gross: $0.15M

33. Rosetta (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 11,000 | Gross: $0.26M

34. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 24,006 | Gross: $1.38M

35. Two Days, One Night (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama

89 Metascore

Liège, Belgium. Sandra is a factory worker who discovers that her workmates have opted for a EUR1,000 bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only a weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses in order to keep her job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Baptiste Sornin

Votes: 39,979 | Gross: $1.44M

38. Their Finest (2016)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 13,762 | Gross: $3.60M

39. Italiensk for begyndere (2000)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Several lonely hearts in a semi-provincial suburb of a town in Denmark use a beginner's course in Italian as the platform to meet the romance of their lives.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Anders W. Berthelsen, Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Anette Støvelbæk, Peter Gantzler

Votes: 12,069 | Gross: $4.45M

40. The Riot Club (2014)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 18,905

41. Blind Alley (2017)

86 min | Drama, Thriller

Malmö 2010. A masked man is shooting innocent people who appear to have immigrant backgrounds. One of these gunshots forever changes two brothers' lives. Blind Alley is a film about the ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Concha | Stars: Daniel Cvetkovic, Mikael Cvetkovic, Miodrag Stojanovic, Kjell-Åke Andersson

Votes: 169

42. Epifanía (2016)

71 min | Drama

On the remote island of Fårö in Sweden a woman experiences the death of her mother. "As she died, my dream was born, for her return". In Colombia a mother attempts to soothe her spirit by ... See full summary »

Directors: Anna Eborn, Oscar Ruiz Navia

Votes: 21

43. Rum 213 (2017)

80 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

When twelve-year-old Elvira goes to summer camp strange things start to happen in her room. Things that can not be explained - unless you believe in ghosts.

Director: Emelie Lindblom | Stars: Anki Lidén, Lisette Pagler, Arman Fanni, Agnes Mikkeline Hansen

Votes: 208

45. Ghostbrothers (2017)

68 min | Documentary, Family, History

How do you know that someone is a ghost? You can't see his legs.

Director: Richard Dinter

Votes: 6

46. Horungen (2016)

58 min | Documentary, Animation

A 58 minute hand-painted documentary about Hervor Wester's childhood growing up with an unmarried mother in a cruel and undemocratic Sweden 100 years ago.

Director: Knutte Wester

Votes: 21

47. Prison Sisters (2016)

90 min | Documentary

PRISON SISTERS takes us through the journey of two young women who have been released from prison in Afghanistan. Outside prison, the respite they experienced in prison is replaced with ... See full summary »

Director: Nima Sarvestani

Votes: 56

48. One Ticket Please (2017)

65 min | Documentary

A 78-year-old Indian woman in New York is the world's most passionate theatergoer. Nicki Cochrane has been going to at least one play every day for more than 25 years, acquiring free tickets using a variety of ingenious means.

Director: Matiss Kaza | Stars: Andris Berzins, Nicki Cochrane, Aminata Grieta Diarra, Peteris Gaudins

Votes: 49

49. The Inertia Variations (2017)

85 min | Documentary

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