The highlights of the Gothenburg Film Festival

Facts: Gothenburg Film Festival online

The film festival continues with its “distance festival”. With an online ticket, you can watch 40 of the films during the festival online, including most of the big highlights. More info:

The Gothenburg Film Festival is organized between January 27 and February 5.


This year’s opening film is a drama in the shadow of the refugee crisis in 2015. The twelve-year-old Syrian girl Amal must make her way through Europe alone to her parents in Sweden and enlists the help of a refugee smuggler. Their increasingly strong relationship is at the heart of Swedish director Abbe Hassan’s debut film.

“Women talking”

Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand star in a drama about patriarchal violence that has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tale. In a Christian sect with no contact with the outside world, a group of women must decide how to act when the men who assaulted them are arrested by the police. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

Frankie Corio and Paul Mescal in “Aftersun”. Press photo.


Paul Mescal (known from the TV series “Normal People”) has been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in this father-daughter drama. On several timelines, the complicated relationship between father Calum and eleven-year-old daughter Sophie (Frankie Caro) unfolds while they are on holiday in the sun. An autobiographical debut by director Charlotte Wells.


A donkey’s journey through Europe is at the center of Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s acclaimed film about Eo. The donkey gets the chance to leave his circus and go on a journey of discovery and realizes how mean and strange the people are. Big favorite at the Cannes Film Festival last year.


Rapper Silvana Imam makes her feature film debut in a drama about alienation and human trafficking. A pair of twins must do what they can to get by in a harsh and barren Stockholm, but where is the limit of what you can put up with? Director Isabella Carbonell’s directorial debut.

“Passengers in the Night”

Paris drama starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. In 1981, the socialist Mitterrand wins the presidential election, newly divorced housewife Elisabeth embraces the winds of the times and sets out on the job market at the same time as she has two children to take care of.

“The King”

Documentary filmmaker Karin af Klintberg has followed Carl XVI Gustaf at work for a personal portrait of the monarch who celebrates 50 years on the throne this year. But the king is not too keen on talking about himself and his role, it turns out.

“Emigrants” and “Settlers”

Jan Troell receives this year’s honorary award at the festival and several of the 91-year-old director’s films are shown. Among other things, the film adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s classic novel about the settlers who leave Sweden for the USA, which fits perfectly into the festival’s theme for the year – “homecoming”.

“The Last Commandment”

Classic depictions of Gothenburg belong at the film festival. Anders Lönnbro and Bodil Mårtensson play the main roles in this noisy social satire from the shipyard crises of the early 1980s, where a tip win is at the center. A story from a completely different time, which is still not so long ago.

Ruben Östlund directs the audience during a screening of “Triangle of sadness”. Archive image.

“Triangle of sadness” – Ruben Östlund conducts the audience

The festival’s honorary chairman invites to a special screening of his Oscar-nominated film to direct how the cinema audience should act. Everything to restore the common cinema experience. The show in front of 700 visitors on Saturday 28 January will be memorable.

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