With less than two months to go to the 26th edition of the Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 24-Feb 3), new festival director Jannike Ahlund has revealed parts of the program at a press conference in Stockholm.
The festival will open with the world premiere of Josef Fares's Kops, the much awaited follow-up to his 2000 hit Jalla! Jalla!. The film, an action comedy about a small police station threatened by discontinuation due to the low crime rate, is produced by Memfis Film in co-production with Film i Vast, Zentropa and Nordisk Film & TV Fund.
Among the rest of the festival's 700 screenings, a number of different themes will be presented. In a special section called Asian Hots, films from countries like China, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand will be presented. The section will also put a strong focus on films from Korea, a market which has blossomed in recent years and has been targeted for numerous American remakes.
Special attention will be paid to French director Robert Guediguian. Along with a full retrospective of his earlier films, his 12th film, Marie-Jo And Her Two Lovers, will get its Swedish premiere at the festival.