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FiGa’s Sandro Fiorin on Scandinavian Filmmaking: ‘Original and Particular’

Perennially itinerant L.A. sales agent tips his hat to the strengths and talents of Scandinavia

GOTEBORG – Launched 2006, Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia’s L.A-based FiGa Films focuses on Latin America, but not the exclusion of other parts of the world. Getting to fests and national cinemas most other sales companies fail to reach, FiGa champions young directors, often backs films by first-timers – Chilean Fernando Guzzoni’s “Dog Flesh,” Brazilian Klebor Mendonca Filho “Neighboring Sounds” – works small films to some big results, such as on San Sebastian Golden Shell winner “Bad Hair.” Variety caught FiGa founding partner Sandro Fiorin with one foot on a plane, a characteristic stance, in this case Goteborg-bound, and grabbed quick soundbites on his take on Goteborg – the fest, the place – and Scandinavian movie-making.

For the latter, Fiorin tipped his hat to animator/live action specialist Johannes Nyholm, a Goteborg short film winner celebrated for such films as “Dream From the Woods” and especially “Las Palmas;” documentary filmmaker Jeppe Ronde; and Norway’s scribe-helmer Eskil Vogt, the director of “Blind,” which won Sundance’s World Cinema-Dramatic best screenwriting award this month, and plays in the Panorama section at next week’s Berlin.

Why attend Goteborg?

Because the Festival and Nordic Film Market are impeccable events.

Do you see any evolution in Scandinavian filmmaking?

Most certainly. Some of the best European productions have been coming from Scandinavia lately. It gets better every year.

What are it singularities?

The acting, masterful.

What are its strengths and challenges?

Very professional all around, yet still original and particular. The stereotypical Scandinavian look/mood can be its worst enemy.

Could you name three or four talents – directors, producers, actors/actresses – who could cross over to the international film business?

So many. High hopes for Johannes Nyholm, Jeppe Rønde and Eskil Vogt!

O.K. you have time out at the Goteborg Fest, what would you recommend our readers to do?

Discover the best bands in all of Europe! “Little Dragon” is from Goteborg!

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