Nordic delegation “terribly happy” about Karlovy Vary

Article published on July 2, 2008
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Article published on July 2, 2008
Almost 20 Nordic features will be showcased at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4-12), with Danish film Terribly Happy leading the pack in the official competition programme. This will be director Henrik Ruben Genz ’s second time at Karlovy Vary, three years after his double win for Chinaman (Ecumenical and FIPRESCI Awards).
His new film is about a police officer who leaves his dodgy past in the big city to start what he believes will be a peaceful new life in the countryside. Fine & Mellow is producing, and TrustNordisk handles world sale. Domestic distribution is set for October.

Two Swedish minority co-productions are also running for the Crystal Globe: Atilla Gigo’s Hungarian film The Investigator and Indonesian title The Photograph.

The East of the West competition programme will feature the Finnish co-production I Was Here by René Vilbre, produced by Estonia’s Amrion Film with Finland’s Helsinki Filmi, and the Forum of Independents will present Norway’s critically-acclaimed The Man Who Loved Yngve, competing for the Independent Camera Award.

Open Eyes will screen the two Un Certain Regard selections: Involuntary by Sweden’s Ruben Östlund, and O'Horten by Norway’s Bent Hamer. Another View, displaying innovative arthouse films, has selected Iceland’s The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, Denmark’s Go With Peace Jamil, and Sweden’s Let the Right One In and One Eye Red.

Pernille Fischer Christensen’s second feature Dancers will screen in Horizon and the European Film Promotion initiative Variety Critics Choice: Europe Now! will showcase Natasha Arthy’s Danish Fighter and Mani Maserrat Agah’s Swedish Ciao Bella.

Last year, Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe Award went to Iceland’s star filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur for Jar City.

Annika Pham