Carl International Film Festival 2019

Carl International Film Festival 2019

With Sustainability in focus, glancing on German cinema and the festival’s competition program for feature films from the Baltic Sea, we enter the third festival edition of the Carl International Film Festival. Here we present some selected highlights during the festival days 23-28 August 2019!

Read the festival programme here

‘Aren’t you happy?’ (Susanne Heinrich)

Six days with over 40 events and 20 feature films

Between August 23–28 August, the public and industry in Karlskrona will be invited to premieres, talks with film makers from all over the world, open air cinemas, seminars, celebrations and much more. Over 40 events and 13 feature film premieres will be presented during the six days of the festival.

Five incredible feature films from the Baltic Sea compete in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. The films compete for an amount of SEK 25,000 and an exclusive prize statue. The winner is selected by this year’s jury Amanda Ooms (actress, writer), Maria Domellöf-Wik (journalist, film critic) and Ingebjørg Torgersen (President WIFT Norway) and will be announced on the evening of 27 August. Read about the films in the Baltic Sea Competition here.

In addition to cinema, the festival also presents a fantastic event and seminar programme with everything from exciting panel discussions, organ concerts, outdoor shows and much more! Check out all the events and seminars here.

‘Oleg’ (Juris Kursietis), Dawid Ogrodnik

‘Oleg’ opens with acclaimed actor on the red carpet

Friday, August 23, we roll out the red carpet and open this year’s festival with Juris Kursieti’s intensive drama thriller Oleg.

Multiple-acclaimed actor Dawid Ogrodnik and the film’s producer Alisa Gelze are attending the film’s Nordic premiere and several other film guests are set for the opening ceremony as well. Oleg had his world premiere in May during the Cannes Film Festival. The film has been acclaimed by critics and received several awards including at the International Film Festival in Brussels and the Valetta Film Festival in Malta. Oleg competes in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition. Read more about the film and buy a ticket for the opening here

‘The Golden Glove’ (Fatih Akin)

Focus Germany

Fatih Akin’s controversial serial killer story The Golden Glove and feature film debut Susanne Heinrich’s absurd and playful feminist comedy Aren’t You Happy? are two of the films in this year’s German focus program.

In 2019, we glance south and present a program focusing on German cinema that will amuse True Crime fans as well as romantics. Focus Germany invites international guests, seminar and a selection of the best and most interesting in German cinema today.

Focus Germany is presented with support from Goethe-Institutet and German Embassy in Sweden.

Theme: Sustainability

In a time of alarming climate reports and enormous social challenges, we highlight Sustainability as the main theme of the year! We provide three program tips.

We close this year’s festival with an open air cinema of Benedikt Erlingsson’s acclaimed climatic comedy Woman at War at Stortorgets Spanska trappa. Read more here.

Together with the public service channel Deutsche Welle and Publicistklubben, we take a closer look at how pumped up “fake news” is destroying the belief in the common, in a seminar on August 28. Read more here

A tourist attraction in the form of a nightmarish rotting forest is the main character in the documentary Acid Forest. A bizarre fascinating film about man’s absurd approach to both himself and nature, in the light of the ongoing climate crisis. Read more here

‘And then we danced’ (Levan Akin)

Three festival films in the selection for the European Film Awards 2019

This week the European Film Awards presented 46 nominated films to compete for one of Europe’s biggest film awards. Three films from this year’s edition of Carl are in the selection – do not miss these opportunities during the festival!

Swedish Levan Akin’s romantic drama about gay love in Georgia And Then We Danced and Juris Kursieti’s drama thriller Oleg from Latvia compete in the festival’s Baltic Sea Competition and are both nominated for EFA. Also Adrian Panek’s Polish horror thriller Werewolf, which is part of the festival’s new section Baltic Sea Open, has been selected one of the nominated films. Which film wins will be announced in Berlin on December 7.

Read more about European Film Awards and the nominated films here

Carla Think Tank 2019

Between 23 and 26 August, twelve representatives of SWIFT and other equality organizations from eleven countries will gather for the first edition of Carla Think Tank!

The international meeting is held at Skärva Herrgård outside Karlskrona. Carla Think Tank is organized by the Carl International Film Festival together with WIFT (Women In Film & Television) to discuss issues and strengthen sustainable innovation, entrepreneurship and gender equality in the film industry.

Read more about the festivals programme for the film industry here

Audience Award: vote after the screenings

The Carl International Film Festival gives the festival audience the opportunity to vote for their favorites from this year’s program and to choose the Audience Award. Voting will be done on voting cards after the screenings and the winner is announced at the outdoor screening of Woman at War August 28.
In collaboration with Blekinge Läns Tidning.

Donald Trump (White House)

Mini workshop: producing deep fakes

Experience when festival manager Henrik JP Åkesson turns into Donald Trump! Henrik Svilling, creative director at the special effects company Istudios Visuals, has during the summer gone on to produce a so-called deep fake. August 28, the result is shown at the same time as we finish mingling at Scandic.

Read more here.