Nordic award films include 'King of Devil's Island'

LONDON — Contenders for one of the film world’s biggest festival prize purses have been announced.

Goteborg Film Festival’s $147,000 Dragon Award for Nordic Film — due to be awarded Feb. 5 — include opening film “King of Devil’s Island” by Norwegian director Marius Holst and starring Stellan Skarsgard. The film relates the true story of an uprising at a brutal youth detention center.

The other films in the lineup are Nicholas Arcelor’s mid-life crisis comedy “Truth About Men,” from Denmark; seafaring drama “Brim,” helmed by Iceland’s Arni Alafur Asgeirsson; Lisa Aschan’s coming-of-age story “She Monkeys,” from Sweden; mental hospital drama “Princess,” helmed by Finland’s Arto Halonen; family comedy “Happy Happy” from Norway’s Anne Sewitsky; youth morality tale “Savage, directed by Sweden’s Martin Jern and Emil Larsson; and the tragic story of twin sisters, “I Miss You,” directed by Sweden’s Anders Gronros.

The Nordic Film Award jury is to be chaired by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.

Eight international first- and second-time directors will compete for the Ingmar Bergman Debut Award: Ryan Redford, Canada, for “Oliver Sherman”; Olivier Masset-Depasse, Belgium, for “Illegal”; Alix Delaporte, France, for “Angele and Tony”; Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece, for “Attenberg”; Clio Barnard, U.K., for “The Arbor”; Maria Sodahl, Norway, for “Limbo”; Federico Veiroj, Spain/Uruguay, for “A Useful Life”; and Derek Cianfrance, U.S., for “Blue Valentine.”

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