The 28th edition of TIFF – the Tromsø International Film Festival, will launch next Monday 15th January and more than 60,000 people are expected to attend this important event for Norwegian and international films.
Since its inception in 1991, the festival has established a reputation for the high quality and diversity of films featured in its programme. The programme includes films from a range of genres, from shorts to documentaries to features and has specific sections to ensure films are showcased in the most appropriate way.
This year’s opening film, Per Fugelli – Siste Resept is a home grown gem from Norwegian director Erik Poppe. It’s a serious yet heart warming documentary following the events in the final stages of his friend Dr Per Fugelli’s life. The film will open the festival on the 15th at 7.30 pm and the screening will be followed by an official reception at the Clarion Hotel.
The competition section is as popular as ever this year with 11 films in competition for the Aurora Prize, the International Critics’ Award by Fipresci and The Don Quixote Prize awarded by FICC. Entries originate from Germany, USA, Croatia, Spain, Taiwan and co-productions are from France/China, Russia/France/Belgium/Germany, Romania/Serbia/Belgium and Germany/Bulgaria/Austria. As usual, TIFF prioritises Norwegian and Baltic cinema with the sections Norwegian Horizons, Horizons East and Films from the North.
This year’s festival will close with a screening of US director Sean Baker’s film The Florida Project. The film explores the day to day life of 6 year old Moonee who lives in a motel – The Magic Castle - that neighbours the famous Disney World in Orlando Florida. The film will screen on Sunday 21st January at 6.30pm at the Kulturhuset.
The festival’s main venue is the Aurora Kino Fokus that seats almost 1000 people in 6 screening rooms. Screenings are also held at Norway’s oldest cinema – the Verdensteatret, along with the KulturHuset and the Hålogaland Teater. The dark polar sky provides a great atmosphere for outdoor cinema and attendees also rug up to enjoy films in the open air at Tromsø’s main square.
The Tromsø International Film Festival will be held from Monday 15th January to Sunday 21st January 2018 at various location/s in Tromsø, Norway. The programme is available on the TIFF website.
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