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Film and television: Falling in love again?

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On May 15, as part of the 64th Cannes film festival program, the European Audiovisual Observatory held a very informative workshop about the current relationship between film and television. More than 400 professionals had gathered as Mr. Wolfgang Closs, executive director of the European Audiovisual Observatory, welcomed a number of speakers from his organization as well as outside specialists to discuss trends in the European film and broadcast markets. And the big question was: are film...

“Pollen” opens the 28th Festival International du Film D’Environment in Paris!

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It was an inspiring evening for the environment here in Paris last night. Louie Schwartzberg’s beautiful film “Pollen” (In English “Hidden Beauty – A Love Story that Feeds the Earth”) about the life-sustaining relationship between flowers and bees, butterflies, bats and birds is not onlya pleasure to watch but educational for all ages. I was not the only one captivated by the film – at the following party, we discussed how refreshing it was to truly enjoy, learn and ...

“Stay Down!” What is the human price of violence?

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“Fuck Violence!” The screening of “Stay Down!” at Göteborg Film Festival is over, and the silent audience contemplates the last words of dialogue. We have just seen a very realistic story of violence as a part of everyday life for many teenagers – boys as well as girls. The film very intimately shows the medical consequences of something as ‘simple’ as a single kick in the stomach. A shot of the cast and crew Questions are raised: who is to blame? Why fight? ...

Margreth Olin wins Dragon Award for The Angel

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“It’s a heavy story, but I had promised to tell it,” says director Margreth Olin. She was awarded a Dragon Award for best Nordic Film – Audience’s choice at the Dragon Awards Gala. The movie, based on reality, tells the story of Lea – a heroin addict – and her alcoholic mother. Ms. Olin tackles complex family dynamics and raises those kinds of questions that are uncomfortable but inevitable in life: What is love? What is the best way to raise a child?   I was dee...

Director Margreth Olin wins Dragon Award for The Angel

“It’s a heavy story, but I had promised to tell it,” says director Margreth Olin. She was awarded a Dragon Award for best Nordic Film – Audience’s choice at the Dragon Awards Gala.   The movie, based on reality, tells the story of Lea – a heroin addict – and her alcoholic mother. Ms. Olin tackles complex family dynamics and raises those kinds of questions that are uncomfortable but ine

Open Set with Torbjörn Martin at Gothenburg Film Studios

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For two days during Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Studios invites festival participants to "Open Set." Film enthusiasts can follow the work on set, and also get an insight into post-production work. On my visit, I am drawn into the filming of stunt scenes. Director Torbjörn Martin and his crew are in the middle of filming a short film with emphasis on stunt work. A stunt actress playing a laboratory researcher is about to swing through the air with the he...

Opening of 33rd annual Göteborg International Film Festival

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33:rd Göteborg International Film Festival has started! Indian tigres, samosas, skateboarding, and dancing all night long – the 33:ed edition of Göteborg International Film Festival stated off with a huge eclectic party last night. The classic venue Trädgår’n was transformed into an international party house to celebrate the start of this year’s edition of Scandinavia’s biggest film festival. This year’s  theme is SHARING; a timely word in our increasingly global...

Goa Film Festival

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Closing Ceremony of the 40th annual Goa Film Festival: Red Carpet, Bollywood stars, and traditional Indian drums!   I recently had the pleasure of attending India’s biggest film festival. The Goa Film Festival is an excellent forum for Indian and foreign filmmakers to interact in a chilled atmosphere. Enjoy these pictures from Closing Night Gala!       Solveig Haugen Correspondent, filmfestivals.com  ...
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