Carl International Film Festival 2019 programme announced

‘And then we danced’ (Levan Akin, Sweden)

The programme for the third edition of Carl International Film Festival in Sweden is here! This year’s theme is Sustainability and five feature films from the Baltic Sea are competing in the festival’s unique Baltic Sea Competition. Between August 23–28 more than 40 screenings, events and seminars and 13 Nordic and Swedish premieres are presented.

Check out the festival programme and get your tickets here

With a creative and cinematic focus on the ten countries of the Baltic Sea region the festival presents premieres, special screenings, director talks, open air events and much more! The industry event Carl Film Forum will run parallell to festival

Baltic Sea Competition – the nominated films are presented

Five feature films from the Baltic Sea countries with a strong narrative and cinematic language, competes for the Best Baltic Sea Film in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. 

Among the nominated films we find this year’s Swedish contribution in Cannes, Levan Akin’s intense LGTB love drama And then we danced. In the film we meet the young Georgian dancer Merab who faces his life’s biggest challenge when he falls in love with his biggest rival in the dance company.

Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøms critically acclaimed and tender family drama Until We Fall get its Swedish premiere in Karlskrona. The film had its world premiered at Tallinn Black Night Film Festival where the main actor Dar Salim was awarded Best Actor. 

The films will compete for the Best Baltic Sea Film award, followed by a cash prize of SEK 25,000. The winner is selected by a jury and will be announced at an award ceremony on August 27.

Nominated films 2019
And then we danced (Sweden/Georgia, Levan Akin)
Jibril (Germany, Henrika Kull)
Oleg (Latvia/Belgium, Juris Kursietis)
Thirty (Germany, Simona Kostova)
Until We Fall (Denmark, Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm)

‘Oleg’ opens and competes at Carl International Film Festival

Juris Kursieti’s acclaimed drama thriller Oleg inaugurates the third edition of the Carl International Film Festival August 23. The film premiered at “Director’s Fortnight” in Cannes and will have its Nordic premiere in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition.

Oleg has left Latvia to work at a slaughterhouse outside Ghent. After a workplace accident, Oleg gets the blame and loses his job. Alone in a foreign country, he soon falls under the sway of a the charismatic Andrzej, a Polish criminal.

Theme: Sustainability

In an era of alarming climate reports and huge social challenges, Carl International Film Festival presents Sustainability as the main theme of the festival 2019. The festival programme will engage with the theme of Sustainability through films, as well as seminars and events.

Henrik JP Åkesson, Festival director:
 – We open the festival on August 23 with Juris Kursietis amazing film Oleg, about a Eastern European migrant worker in Belgium and close the festival with an open air screening Benedikt Erlingson’s acclaimed and beloved climate comedy Woman at War on August 28. Two films that in different ways portray the festival’s focus on sustainability. 

”Fake news” is the headline in our closing seminar of the festival. In cooperation with the German PBS broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Publicistklubben, we close the festival with an international panel on populism and fake news – and how they affect the sense of security in society.

‘Monument’ (Jagoda Szelc, Poland)

Polish horror, Finnish comedy and global feminism in the festival’s new section

This year we introduce the Baltic Sea Open section where we deep dive into the region’s rich film flora. Through a selection of seven films, new exciting voices, different genres and formats are presented, always with innovative and interesting stories in focus.

In the section we find Aleksi Salmenperä’s multiply awarded Void, a playfully comical relationship drama about a successful actress (Laura Birn) and a fragile writer (Tommi Korpela). 

We also find the Polish shooting star Jagoda Szelc with her psychological drama thriller and second feature Monument that premiered at Rotterdam IFF earlier this year.

Audience award

This year the audience can vote for most of the films in the programme to select the recipient of the Audience award! In collaboration with regional newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning

‘Aren’t You Happy?’ (Susanne Heinrich, Germany)

Germany in Focus

Fatih Akin’s controversial serial killer story The Golden Glove and feature debutant Susanne Heinrich’s absurd and playful feminist comedy Aren’t You Happy? are two of the films presented in the Focus Germany programme.

Get your accreditation to Carl Film Forum!

Carl Film Forum is the festival’s industry platform, hosting high-end panel discussions and networking opportunities. 

Check out a selection of this year’s speakers and get your accreditation

“Masters, Investors and Gatekeepers” is the focus of the upcoming edition which will present a variety of inspiring masterclasses. Engage in the discussion between private investors and producers about the relation, communication and expectations between the two. In addition to the forum programme, the accreditation also grants access to industry receptions as well as all events and screenings during the festival.