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Undergångsstämning at Gothenburg international film festival

”When we think of the downfall, we think of the film,” writes the festival's artistic director Jonas Holmberg in the introduction to this years line-up. ”From natural disasters in ”Armageddon”, ”Deep impact” or ”The day after tomorrow” to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of ”the Terrace”, ”Mad Max” or ”The road” movie has that no other art form comes at the apocalypse and the format in which our notions of how it will look like. Toppling skyscrapers, burnt-out landscape.”

this Year's film festival in Gothenburg, in the year of the apocalypse as the theme and poses the question of what cinema can do in order to include the impact of the ongoing environmental disaster that threatens humanity – with a range of seminars, talks and screenings that help.

the programme is a viewing of Lars von Trier's magnificent undergångsvision ”Melancholia” from 2011 that appears on the same beautiful castle, Tjolöholm castle, where the movie was filmed. It klimatdystopiska epic ”Aniara”, based on Harry Martinssons lyrical rymdsaga, may, in turn, filmvärldens most claustrophobic showroom. Prospective viewers can get to see the film lying in the specialritade the sarcophagi, inspired by the Dutch begravningskistor.

The main character is the multi-talented Danish stjärnskådespelaren Mads Mikkelsen, who broke through as punk in ”Pusher” and got his international breakthrough as a teary-eyed Bondskurk. He was hailed by the festival's honorary award, the Nordic honorary dragon award in conjunction with a viewing of the Oscar ”the Hunt”. The festival also shows, among other things, the current överlevnadsthrillern ”Artic” where Mikkelsen tries to maintain life and wits alone after a plane crash near the north Pole.

Mads Mikkelsen is joined in Gothenburg by a smaller Danish armada. Swedish Tuva Novotny, active long ago in Copenhagen, will be coming to Gothenburg as dubbelregissör to the movies ”Britt-Marie was here” and the Danish ”Blind spot”.

make a great comeback on the Danish with ”A fortunate man” (”Lykke-Per”) based on the Danish nobel prize winner Henrik Pontoppidans romanklassiker. His younger colleague, Thomas Vinterberg attends the also festival with her new blockbuster movie the ”Kursk” which has Léa Seydoux and Colin Firth in supporting roles.

the Danish Trine Dyrholm, brilliant in the Anna Odells ”X & Y”, is in turn one of the actors who have a chance to win the festival's newly established gender-neutral prize, the Dragon award best acting. Dyrholm compete in Gothenburg with familjedramat ”Queen of hearts” (”Dronningen”).

Among the international festivalpremiärerna include Claire Denis rymddrama ”High life” with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, argentine Lolas Arias ”The theatre of war”, zombieapokalyptiska ”Endzeit – ever after”, Julian Schnabels the Vincent van Gogh biopic ”At eternity's gate” and Matteo Garrones ”Dogman”.

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