'Chicken With Plums,' 'Weekend' Among Gotenberg Bergman Nominees

Chicken with Plums - 2011- H

The Swedish festival runs Jan. 27 – Feb. 6.

COLOGNE, Germany - Marjane Satrapi’s Chicken With Plums, adapted from her own graphic novel; and Andrew Haigh’s SXSW winner Weekend, an emotional story of a gay hook-up, are among the nominees for this year’s Ingmar Bergman international debut award at the Gotenberg Film Festival in Sweden (Jan.27-Feb.6).

Other first-time features in the running include Liza Johnson’s Return; Blue Bird from Belgian director Gust van der Berghe; Mexican drama Artificial Paradises from helmer Yulene Olaizola; Alice Rohwacher’s Corpo Celesete; Siberia, Monamour from Slava Ross of Russia and Nicolas Provost for The Invader.

Gotenberg has also announced the nominees for its Dragon Award, given to the best Nordic film of the year. This year’s nominees include Oslo dramas Sons of Norway and The Orheim Company; Swedish features Flimmer, Pojktanten and Avalon; the drama Stars Above from Finland and Teddy Bear, a Danish drama about a lonely body builder, from director Mads Matthiesen.