Göteborg Film Festival 2021 reviews and thoughts

Göteborg Film Festival 2021, according to me, Martin. As Covid-19 still dominated the world, the festival went all digital, bringing a slimmed-down program to our own homes. That is, for those of us who fortune did nod not favour and win a seat in The Empty Theatre* or The Deserted Arena** (both of which really sound like books in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), or more remarkably, The Isolated Cinema***.
So no visits to Draken this year, for the first time in 30 years. But the flexibility of home viewing should not be discarded, and hopefully we can see a mix-and-match solution next year, with the feeling and atmosphere of the cinema, and the availability of the home screen.
*) Having the wole of Draken by yourself. I have kind of been in taht situation before, and it's a remarkable feeling
**) All alone in an icehocke stadium seating 12.000. Cool.
***) To spend a week on a windwhistled island, alone with your thoughts and all the film you could muster, would have been a dream come through (especially since I had spent some time on that particular islet in my childhood and have fond memories of it). But alas, it was not to be.

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Nominees (winners presented way further down):

Best supporting actor:

Lyna Khoudri, Gagarine
Alfred Enoch, Tigrar
Olivia Colman, The Father
Thomas Bo Larsen, Druk

Best leading actor:

Paula Beer, Undine
Jasna Djuricic, Quo Vadis, Aïda?
Noée Abita, Slalom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Best ensemble:

The Father
La nuit des rois

Best director:

Ninja Thyberg, Pleasure
Thomas Winterberg, Druk
Florian Zeller, The Father
Jasmila Zbanic, Quo Vadis, Aïda?

Best film:

Quo Vadis, Aïda?
The Father
Vi är barn av vår tid

And as per usual (it's a tradition, or an old charter, or something....), it seems proper to announce
This year's.....

….cinema: Kastellet

….low-point: Radiograph of a Family

….shortage: screenings at Draken, or any theatre, really

….best seat: My sofa

….cinematography: Molecule

….reading: Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

….most uneven: La nuit des rois

….set/production design: Le sorelle Macaluso

….theme: Lock-down

….vignette film: Going out to Pater Noster

….weather: Does it really matter? I was at home most of the time.

….screenplay: En lång utdragen olyckshändelse

….Bechdel spread: 27%

….transport: None needed

….Lost item: None

….Skarsgård: None, that I could see

….documentary: Vi är barn av vår tid

….dancing: Hvor kragerne vender

….rising star: Lyna Khoudri, Gagarine

And, who won? Well:

Best supporting actor:
Olivia Colman, The Father

Best leading actor:
Jasna Djuricic, Quo Vadis, Aïda?

Best ensemble:

Best director:
Florian Zeller, The Father

Best film:
Quo Vadis, Aïda?

Lockdown Cinema

Isolation reelay by Div from INT

Often with short film collections, the quality differs vastly. In this case, not so much. Most entries are just plain boring, with few highlights.

2 interpretive dances of 6



Cosmospolite by Jérémy Trouilh, Fanny Liatard .  from FRA

Nice feel and decent acting chops, especially by Lyna Khoudri as Diana. Little payoff.

4 storeys of 6



Biostrip by Zaida Bergroth from  FIN/SWE

High quality and excellent acting and set design. Kind of meh, with a certain lack of depth or conflict.

4 lovers of 6


The Killing of Two Lovers

Divorcedrama by Robert Machoian from USA

Straightforward and uncomplicated, but I don't invest much in the characters.

3 look-alikes of 6



Designdrawing by Virpi Suutari from FIN

Formula 1A documentary about a surprisingly dull person. Talented, yes, but dull.

2 vases of 6



Blue and yellow mirror by Div from SWE

Black mirror vibes in short films about the world 100 years from now. Mms entry, Finito, is wonderfully black and cynically humourous.

3 saved planets of 6



 Academy drama by Ronnie Sandahl from SWE

The pressure is tangible, but focus could have been more on the main characters mental health struggles than some perceived external forces.

3 minutes of 6



Dippingdrama by Christian Petzold from GER

Visual and with a good feel. The supernatural elements could have been better explained.

4 divers of 6



Celloloidrelay by Div from SWE

Another mix of shorts, but generally of decent quality, where mm and the ending of nn stand out.

3,125 mixed media of 6


Hvor kragerne vender

Ruralregret by Lisa Jespersen from DEN

Decent, well put together and a bit funny, but nothing lasting.

3 floral arrangements of 6


Le sorelle Macaluso

Sororrow by Emma Dante from ITA

A very pretty, but kind of messy film without too much investment.

3 ages of 6


Time to Pause

Zoomumentary by Alistair Morrison from GBR

Nice idea, decent execution, but not very pointy.

3 snapshots of 6



Slopesadness by Charlène Favier from FRA

Dramatic and very well acted, dealing with a difficult subject

4 gates of 6


La nuit des rois

Framework by Philippe Lacôte from COT

Uniquely told but not the most compelling story

4 magic duels of 6


Quo vadis, Aida?

Despotdrama by Jasmila Žbanić . from BOS

Extremely strong and important film, shaking you to the bone

5 mustaches of 6



Junctiondramedy by Ben Sharrock from GBR

A Wes Anderson-esque effort, with its moments, through a bit too rare

4 Ouds of 6


Be My Voice

Struggleportrait by Nahid Persson from SWE

A very real struggle, as told by a fantastically charismatic and strong woman

4 vertical videos of 6


The Father

Dementiadrama by Florian Zeller from GBR

Superbly acted, well written and cleverly edited

5 carers of 6


Radiograph of a Family

Dullumentary by  Firouzeh Khosrovani from NOR

Completely boring and unnecessary

1 photo of 6



Drinkdramedy by Thomas Vinterberg from DEN

Well-acted and constantly interesting, mixing highs and lows with good balance

5 grogs of 6


Nonajoler kabbo

Expressionentry by Rezwan Shahriar Sumit from BAN

Fairly simple, but rather pretty

3 statues of 6



Hoovering by Sam Pollard .  from USA

Interesting and nuanced

4 audiotakes of 6



Pr0nmoviemovie by Ninja Thyberg from SWE

Great performance from NN in her debut. In a "normal" film it might be a bit hard to sympathise with her actions sometimes, but here it's all too real, I suppose.

4 betrayals of 6



Luddrama by Nino Martínez Sosa from DOM

Slow and pretty meh. But pretty, and really meh.

2 cults of 6



Animentary by Jonas Poher Rasmussen from DEN

Beautiful animation and gripping story

4 aerials of 6



PT:rait by Magnus von Horn from SWE

A bit hectic, but never boring

3 workouts of 6



Lockumentary by Andrea Segre from ITA

Stunning cinematography and a decent poetic feel. Bordering on too long, which is a feat at a mere 1:09 runtime.

3 gondolas of 6


Dating Amber

Identitydenial by David Freyne from IRE

Sweet story, lovingly told, but kind of predictable

4 blurry oases of 6



Apartanoia by Frida Kempff from SWE

Claustrophobic and tense

4 knocks of 6


Vi är barn av vår tid

Nostalgimentary by Pontus Hjorthén from SWE

The music I grew up with, in my home town. Feels.

5 chords of 6


(c) Martin Smedendahl 2021