“Look of Silence,” “Democrats” up for Göteborg doc award

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence and Camilla Nielsson's Democrats (pictured) are among the eight films nominated for the Göteborg International Film Festival's Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary in Sweden.
January 9, 2015

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence and Camilla Nielsson’s Democrats (pictured) are among the eight films nominated for Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary.

The award from the Gothenburg-set fest is accompanied by a 100,000 SEK prize (US$12,569), which is one of the country’s largest prizes for documentaries, according to organizers.

Remaining documentary nominees include Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors’ Pervert Park - which will screen in the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Doc Competition later this month –  Lina Mannheimer’s The Ceremony, Amir Escandari’s Pixadores, Solveig Melkeraaen’s Good Girl, Frida Kempff’s Winter Buoy and Magnus Gertten’s Every Face has a Name.

“This year’s competition confirms the trend that Nordic documentary filmmakers are eager to turn their cameras towards the world and are active in international contexts,” said Jonas Holmberg, artistic director of the festival, in a statement. “We are also very happy about the increased prize sum, which strengthens the festival’s position as a leading arena for Nordic documentary film,” he added.

Prizes will be presented at the Dragon Awards gala, which takes places in Gothenburg’s Lindholmen Science Park on January 31.

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