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Filmfestivalen 2016

Film, film, film....

Another epic journey is coming up! I plan to go to such varied and diverse places as Colombia, Parallell Paris, India and Iran, and even travel through time, space and dreams. It's a cineastic journey, though. My flights will be the lobby, my accommodation will be the comfy chairs and my tour guides will be movie directors. It's time, again, for Göteborg Film Festival!

….the year’s

Shorts Posted on 2016-03-11 19:48

Best director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Le tout nouveau testament

Martin Zandvliet

Under sandet

Leticia Dolera

Requisitos para ser una persona normal

Lenny Abrahamson


Kasper Barfoed

Sommeren 92

Best lead:

Vimala Pons

Je suis à vous tout de suite

Brie Larson


Jacob Trembley


Sophie Marceau

Une histoire d’âme

Jason Segel

The End of the tour

Best supporting:

Jennifer Jason Leigh


Benoît Poelvoorde

Le tout nouveau testament

Stacy Martin

The Childhood of a Leader

Mehdi Djaadi

Je suis à vous
tout de suite

Björn Kjellman

Tordenskjold & Kold

Best ensemble:

tout nouveau testament

Avril et le monde truqué

para ser una persona normal

suis à vous tout de suite


Best film:

Le tout nouveau

Requisitos para ser una persona normal


Avril et le monde truqué

Sommeren 92

The winners will
be presented further down.

As per tradition,
or an old charter, or something, I thought it’s worth mentioning this year’s….


Avril et le monde truqué


Draken (thanks
to the staff, the screen, the theatre, the sound system, the chairs….)


The production
values of Kothanodi



….short subject

Hopptornet, by Axel Danielson,
Maximilien Van Aertryck

….best seat:

In the middle of
the row by the second lamp, Draken

….should be
caught at the cinema:



The American epic sessions


Woo-hyung Kim,

….future promise:

Jacob Tremblay

….I met Lassie

Fairly certain I
sat next to Lena Endre


The Program and
A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

….most GFF 1992-2004:


….most uneven

El abrazo de la serpiente

….set/production design

Pascalle Willame/
Sylvie Olivé, Le tout nouveau testament


Dickish kids who
grow up to be dickishier

….vignette film:

Light… guides us
through the night, and awakens us in the morning


Cold and damp,
then cold and snowy and then cold and damp again.


Donald Margulies,
The End of the tour


The evil stepmom
in Kothanodi

….Bechdel spread

33% pass

….most frequent actor

I don’t think
any one actor appeared in more than one film, but Sophie Marceau certainly
played a lot of parts


Bike, walking


No Skarsgård to
be found. Not in the films, not at the galas, not in the audience.

OK, so who won?

Best director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Le tout nouveau

Best lead:

Jacob Trembley


Best supporting:

Benoît Poelvoorde

Le tout nouveau testament

Best ensemble:


Best film:


And that’s all


El abrazo de la serpiente – Discoverydrama by Ciro Guerra

Festival favourites Posted on 2016-03-11 18:10

The first
half is clever, well acted and coherent, told in two temporal planes. The main
character, the one connecting the two parallel storylines, is refreshingly
portrayed as a person rather than some magical spirit guide, one with nature,
as often indigenous people are. After a while, though, it kind of flips out.
Magic enters the scene, out-of-character allegiance swings occur, people are
being generally weird. But the decline is not too bad, and the film as a hole
still holds water.

the Bechdel test

4 canoes
of 6

The End of the tour – Brovelistdrama by James Ponsoldt

Gala Posted on 2016-03-11 18:09

care little for Jesse Eisenberg, but I find Jason Segel to be brilliant in most
that he does, and his portrayal of
acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace is no exception. This time he has some great material to work with,
as most of his lines obviously are straight from the author’s mind.

The lines
are great, but the film lacks conflict. It’s basically just two dudes talking,
but it’s still interesting.

the Bechdel test

3 pepsis of 6

Dreams Rewired – Artmetamentary by Thomas Tode, Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart

Documentary Posted on 2016-03-11 17:32

The early
history of film has seldom been told as playfully and visually innovative as this, and Tilda Swinton’s narration is the perfect blend of cheerfulness and
gravitas. Clever in-frame jokes and a loving approach to the silliness of
yesteryear hold this otherwise pretty nonsensical film well above water.

the Bechdel test

landlines with operators of 6

Muhammad: The Messenger of God – Mastodontfilm by Majid Majidi

Gala Posted on 2016-03-11 17:30

Muslims like to
claim that their go-to-guy was an actual person, who actually lived. That might
be true, I have no reason to doubt that. The film, however, claims to be an
actual representation of historical events and depicting the real life of
young-to-adolescent Mo. Then, lay off the magic, please! With islam’s poor
track record of self-distance, and the film’s own claims of being honest and
true, suspension of disbelief becomes a problem when hocus-pocus abounds.

I’m certain that if
one could just ignore the self-seriousness and the absurd claims, this film
could be an entertaining one. If they shortened it from three hours down to
two, and added som events, characters, conflicts and, you know, entertainment.
I just came here for the comments.

Failed the Bechdel

2 drawings of 6

Sommeren 92 – Nostalgiatrip by Kasper Barfoed

Nordic Lights Posted on 2016-03-11 17:27

taking place on the holy ground of Ullevi holds a special place in my heart.
Sometimes it’s music, often it’s football. When it’s football, it’s always
because of IFK Göteborg. With one exception: Denmark defeating Germany in the
1992 Euro cup finals. While I wasn’t at the stadium, but in an as well-packed
beer tent nearby, that day I was Danish.

the underdog story has been exaggerated, clearly the evil bureaucrats weren’t
as evil, and of course the nice, less payed amateur players weren’t as
awesomely sweet and allround spiffy. But truth remains: Denmark only got to
play because of a last minute disqualification of Yugoslavia, barely finished
second in their group, and as such, the underdog story is true. The nostalgia
factor and the location familiarity adds to the coziness of the film. Those who
weren’t around, or aren’t Danish, probably won’t enjoy it as much.

the Bechdel test

4 penalty shots of 6

Une histoire d’âme – Confessionarration by Bénédicte Acolas

Masters Posted on 2016-02-29 21:27

on a script by Ingmar Bergman, Acolas puts Sophie Marceau in the part Liv Ullman was set to play. And
it’s a dream role for any actress, I’d wager. For this is no ordinary film.
Sure, there are costumes, set design, camera work. There are lines, lighting
and roles. There’s even special effects. But that’s not needed. This is a play,
a radio play even, with just one actor. And, quite possibly, one role. So,
while innovative and well executed, with an amazing performance by Marceau, one
has to wonder, what’s the point? Which might be part of the point.

the Bechdel test

3 costumes of 6

Tordenskjold & Kold – Dueldramedy by Henrik Ruben Genz

Nordic Lights Posted on 2016-02-29 21:26

indeed. Historically accurate, dubiously. Well acted, certainly. Forgettable,
definitely. I did like the bookends with a twist, though.

the Bechdel test

3 pistols of 6

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