Fredrik Egerstand and Mikel Cee Karlsson’s The Extraordinary Life of Jose Gonzalez, Nicolo Donator’s Brotherhood (pictured) and Sara Johnsen’s Upperdog are among the eight contender for this year’s Nordic Film Prize.

Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer’s R, Finnish director Zaida Bergroth’s Last Cowboy Standing (Skavabölen Pojat), Icelandic director Dagus Käri’s The Good Heart, Norwegian directors Margreth Olin’s The Angel (Engelen) and Swedish director Babak Najafi’s Sebbe round out the list.

Meanwhile, eight film-makers are aslo competing for the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award. They are: Lucia Puenzo’s The Fish Child (Argentina); Tom Ford’s A Single Man (USA); Shahram Alidi’s Whisper With The Wind (Iran); Martin Zandvliet’s Applause (Denmark); Esther Rots’ Can Go Through Skin (The Netherlands); Maren Ade’s Everyone Else (Germany); Lee Suk-Gyung’s The Day After (South Korea), and Oliver Hermanus’ Shirley Adams (South Africa).

The winners will be announced during the Gothenberg International Film Festival, which opeens on January 29 with a screen of Egerstand and Karlsson’s documentary about Swedish artist, Jose Gonazalez.