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Copenhagen stays Euro-centric

Eleven pics vie for Swans

STOCKHOLM — The Copenhagen Intl. Film Festival maintains its traditional focus on Europe in its fifth edition with a competish lineup drawn from all corners of the continent.

The 11 pics in pursuit of the Golden Swan awards include Swedish drama “To Love Someone,” Serbian-German-Hungarian thriller “The Trap” and Israeli-French film “The Band’s Visit.”

The festival also has a sidebar dedicated to Israeli movies.

Copenhagen has had a bumpy ride since its birth in 2003, struggling to shake off a reputation for being an event for an elite audience.

It has been much criticized, both in the media and by its rival in Copenhagen, NatFilm. CIFF gets more money from the local authorities, yet NatFilm has the bigger audience.

When local politicians last year started pushing for a merger of the two festivals, NatFilm came up with a plan that looked more like a takeover.

But, as CIFF festival director Janne Giese pointed out, last year saw admissions rise to 25,273, 24% up on 2005.

This year’s fest runs Sept. 20-30.

COPENHAGEN INTL. FILM FESTIVAL

“Actresses,” France, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi

“Children,” Iceland, Ragnar Bragason

“The Counterfeiters,” Germany/Austria, Stefan Ruzowitsky

“Hallam Foe,” U.K., David Mackenzie

“Heartbeat Detector,” France, Nicolas Klotz

“Irina Palm,” Belgium/Germany/Luxembourg/U.K./France, Sam Gabarski

“Mirush,” Norway, Marius Holst

“The Band’s Visit,” Israel/France, Eran Kolirin

“The Trap,” Serbia/Germany/Hungary, Srdan Golubovic

“To Love Someone,” Sweden, Ake Sandgren

“Under the Stars,” Spain, Felix Viscarret

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