Swedes dominate Nordic contest

Eight pics fight for award at Goteborg

STOCKHOLM — Three Swedish pics will compete for the Nordic Film Prize at the Goteborg Intl. Film Festival, which runs Jan. 26-Feb. 5.

“The New Human Being,” which opens the fest, is helmer Klaus Haro’s followup to the award-winning box office hit “Mother of Mine.”

Two feature debuts by Swedish helmers, “Darling” by Johan Kling and “Kid Svensk” by Nanna Huolman, also are in the running.

Two Danish films have been selected, helmer Peter Schonau Fog’s drama “The Art of Crying,” and Ole Christian Madsen’s “Prague,” starring Mads Mikkelsen.

Norway is repped by Jens Lien’s “The Bothersome Man,” which screened in Cannes, and Iceland by Ragnar Bragason’s acclaimed drama “Parents.”

Also in competition is Finnish “Rock’n’Roll Never Dies” by Juha Koiranen.

The pics all have problematic relationships are their core.

Haro’s “New Human Being,” for one, tackles the sterilization of young women in 1950s Sweden.

Koiranen’s pic is about a thirtysomething guy who still lives with his parents.