Goteborg Film Festival: 39th Edition Dedicated to Cinema of Italy

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Swedish director Roy Andersson is set to guest-curate the lineup.

The 39th Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden’s largest, will be focused on all things Italian. Italy is the theme of this year’s festival, with 15-20 of the country’s most talked about recent films slated for the lineup.

The festival’s honorary chairman, Swedish director Roy Andersson, will curate a selection of his favorite Italian films. Andersson was the 2014 Venice Golden Lion winner for his film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

Among this year’s guests, Luca Guadagnino (I am Love) will bring his latest film A Bigger Splash to the festival. The romantic drama, starring Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ralph Fiennes debuted in Venice this year.

Other films already announced include Don’t Be Bad, another Venice film and Italy’s bid for this year’s Academy Awards, from the late Claudio Caligari. The film examines the friendship of two young men in '90s Rome amid the backdrop of drugs, crime and a never-ending party. Marco Bellocchio’s Blood of My Blood, which also premiered in Venice, crosses centuries, contrasting vampire tales with a story of unholy love.

Also in the lineup are The Brothers Taviani Wondrous Boccaccio, Elenonora Danco’s N-Capace, Adriano Valerio’s The Journey, Giorgia Cecere’s Somewhere Amazing and Pietro Marcello’s Lost and Beautiful.

More titles will be announced with the full Goteborg lineup in January. The Goteborg Film Festival takes place from Jan. 29, 2016 to Feb. 8, 2016.