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British director Tom Hooper, whose latest film, The Danish Girl, has received four Oscar nominations, will be honored at this year’s Goteborg Film Festival with a lifetime achievement award, the Honorary Dragon Award.
The Danish Girl will have its Swedish premiere at the Goteborg festival, which runs Jan. 29-Feb. 8 in the Swedish town. The film tells the true story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a Danish artist who became one of the first people in the world to undergo gender realignment surgery.
Eddie Redmayne has received a best actor Oscar nomination for playing Elbe, while Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, a Goteborg native, is nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role as Elbe’s wife, Gerda Wegener.
Hooper will travel to the festival to receive his award at a ceremony on Feb. 3. Goteborg is considered the leading art house festival in Scandinavia.
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