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10.1.2023

GODLAND, DRIVING MUM and A LETTER FROM HELGA at Göteborg Film Festival

Three Icelandic films join a strong lineup at the Göteborg Film Festival this year.

Godland, a Danish-Icelandic coproduction by Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur Pálmason, is among nine films nominated for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at the festival.

Godland world premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2022 and has since, screened at several major film festivals, including the San Sebastian Film Festival, where it took home the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera prize, and Telluride, Toronto, and Chicago, where it won the Golden Hugo award for best film.

Holy Spider breakout Zar Amir Ebrahimi will head the jury of the Nordic Competition. Ebrahimi will be joined on the jury by Danish actress Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Ukrainian filmmaker Antonio Lukich (Luxembourg, Luxembourg), and composer Matti Bye.

In addition to Godland, two Icelandic films will be screened at the festival, out of competition in the Nordic Light section:  A Letter from Helga by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, and Driving Mum by Hilmar Oddsson. Both films enjoyed successful international premieres at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in November, where Driving Mum received the festival's grand prix.

As previously announced the Icelandic series Ballls will be presented among a selection of Nordic drama series as a work in progress at the TV Drama Vision of the festival.

The 46th edition of the Göteborg Film Festival takes place on January 27 – February 5, 2023. It is one of the most prominent festivals in the Nordics and is considered a major showcase for the best cinema in the region. 

See also:  AS LONG AS WE LIVE nominated for the Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award.