You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Arab spring in Sweden

Fest Traveler: Goteburg Film Festival

Goteborg may be a long way from Tunis, Cairo or Damascus, but its focus this year on Arabic-language filmmaking is timely.

Conceived during last year’s fest — when the first Arab Spring revolts were just beginning — the fest’s Arab focus includes movies that reflect everyday lives and provide a background to the political currents in the region.

“We will be looking at films made both before, during and after the revolutions, and there will be a seminar on the role that TV and the Internet have played,” says artistic director Marit Kapla.

Films include Tunisia’s “Rouge Parole,” an account of the revolution in that country directed by Elyes Baccar; and “No More Fear,” by Murad Ben Cheikh, another take on those events.

Other fest events include master classes by directors such as Alexander Payne, Giorgos Lanthimos, Lone Scherfig and Jessica Hausner (who is jury chairman for the Nordic Award).

Gala movies include “The Descendants,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “The Artist,” “Carnage,” “W.E.,” “Trishna” and “Dark Horse.”

Guests this year also include Michael Winterbottom, Eva Ionesco and David Hare.

Fest Traveler: Goteburg Film Festival
A ‘dragon’ with

a top fest too | Big prize, diverse program pull in bizzers | Arab spring in Sweden | Post and vfx thrive in northern climes

More Scene

  • GLSEN Respect Awards

    Gay Actors Talk Sexual Harassment at GLSEN Awards: 'It Definitely Happens'

    Goteborg may be a long way from Tunis, Cairo or Damascus, but its focus this year on Arabic-language filmmaking is timely. Conceived during last year’s fest — when the first Arab Spring revolts were just beginning — the fest’s Arab focus includes movies that reflect everyday lives and provide a background to the political currents […]

  • Made By Google

    Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith and More Stars Party at Made by Google Opening Night

    Goteborg may be a long way from Tunis, Cairo or Damascus, but its focus this year on Arabic-language filmmaking is timely. Conceived during last year’s fest — when the first Arab Spring revolts were just beginning — the fest’s Arab focus includes movies that reflect everyday lives and provide a background to the political currents […]

  • 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' film

    Tyler Perry Hopes 'Boo 2!' Can Help Bring Laughter to Nation's 'Darkness'

    Goteborg may be a long way from Tunis, Cairo or Damascus, but its focus this year on Arabic-language filmmaking is timely. Conceived during last year’s fest — when the first Arab Spring revolts were just beginning — the fest’s Arab focus includes movies that reflect everyday lives and provide a background to the political currents […]

  • 'Geostorm' film premiere

    'Geostorm' Director Hopes Harvey Weinstein Scandal Signals 'Sea Change' for Hollywood

    Goteborg may be a long way from Tunis, Cairo or Damascus, but its focus this year on Arabic-language filmmaking is timely. Conceived during last year’s fest — when the first Arab Spring revolts were just beginning — the fest’s Arab focus includes movies that reflect everyday lives and provide a background to the political currents […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content