The first edition of the Copenhagen International Film Festival, August 13-20, has announced its main competition line-up, which includes three local productions and two Danish co-productions.
The three local titles are Jesper W. Nielsen's The Bouncer (Manden Bag Doeren), Torben Skjoedt Jensen's The Tenth Muse (Afgrunden) and Swedish-born newcomer Anders Gustafsson's Scratch (Bagland).
These will compete for the festival's Golden Swan with another 11 titles including Aisling Walsh's Irish-Danish-Spanish Song For A Raggy Boy, Sylvain Chomet's French animated Belleville Rendez-Vous, Ferzan Ozpetek's Italian box-office hit Facing Windows and Paula van der Oest's Oscar-nominated Zus & Zo from Holland.
Neighbouring Norway is also unusually well represented with two films, newcomer Gunnar Vikene's Falling Sky (Himmelfall) and Bent Hamer's Kitchen Stories
The remaining films, which will be judged by the five-strong jury lead by Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos along with Sweden's Jan Troell and Denmark's Bille August, are Peter Gothar's Hungarian Beauty, UK newcomer Emily Young's Kiss Of Life, Chris Kraus' German Shattered Glass (Scherbentanz) and David Trueba's Spanish The Soldiers Of Salaminas (Soldados De Salamina) as well as Rithy Pahn's documentary S21,The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine