Gothenburg set for ‘Extraordinary’ start

Swedish fest names opener, due to unspool 450 pics

“The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez,” a documentary about the artist by Swedish helmers Fredrik Egerstrand and Mikel Cee Karlsson, will open the Gothenburg Film Festival on Jan. 29.

It closes Feb. 8 with Veiko Ounpuu’s “The Temptations of St. Tony” after unspooling 450 films from 78 countries.

Among guests expected at the fest are helmers Tom Tykwer from Germany, Sally Potter from the U.K. and Jessica Hausner from Austria.

Fest has several sidebars, including Focus Africa, Beyond Bollywood, New Visions and Music Non Stop, which will screen John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” by Sam Taylor Wood.

Among prizes up for grabs is the Ingmar Bergman Intl. Debut Award, for which Tom Ford’s “A Single Man” is nominated.

Films that will get red-carpet screenings include Scott Cooper’s “Crazy Heart,” Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers,” Jon Amiel’s “Creation,” Alejandro Inarritu’s “Agora” and Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen.”

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