Fest boasts world preems for all Danish pix in industry screenings

STOCKHOLM — The third Copenhagen International Film Festival kicks off Aug. 18 with an all-European lineup for the first time.

“While we’ve narrowed the focus geographically, in doing so we’ve broadened the range of genres on display,” said new fes-tival programmer Jacob Neiiendam.

The festival also has launched industry screenings of Danish films for international buyers. To be held Aug. 23-24 — immedi-ately after the New Nordic Films screenings at the Haugesund International Film Festival — the pics at the Copenhagen Screen-ings will all be world preems.

In the fest’s competish lineup, the 10 pics in pursuit of the Golden Swan awards include Jannik Johansen’s Danish psycho-logical thriller “Murk,” Richard Hobert’s Swedish drama “Harry’s Daughters” and Bent Hamer’s Norwegian-U.S. Bukowski adaptation “Factotum.”

Also competing are Hungarian helmer Lajos Koltai’s “Fateless,” based on Imre Kertesz’ novel, and German filmmaker An-dreas Dresen’s “Willenbrock.”

Jury is headed by Nicolas Roeg.

This year’s lifetime achievement kudo goes to helmer Costa-Gavras.

Festival also features sidebars devoted to thrillers, films based on cartoons, and new films and docus about the Second World War.

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