'Danish Girl' Director Tom Hooper to Receive Honorary Award at Goteborg Festival

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The Oscar-winning filmmaker will travel to the Swedish festival for the lifetime achievement honor.

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.