Magazine article Screen International

Gabriela Pichler's 'Amateurs' Wins Goteborg's Dragon Award

Magazine article Screen International

Gabriela Pichler's 'Amateurs' Wins Goteborg's Dragon Award

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Other winners at the Swedish festival include The Distant Barking of Dogs, Menina, Men Don’t Cry.

Gabriela Pichler’s ‘Amateurs’ wins Goteborg award

Gabriela Pichler’s Amateurs won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film in Goteborg on Saturday night. The prize, one of the festival world’s most lucrative at $126,000 (1m SEK), is financed by Volvo Car Group, Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg.

Amateurs, which had its world premiere as the opening film of Goteborg and has also screened in Rotterdam, was praised by the jury for “its vibrant, nuanced and intelligent portrait of a small town in contemporary Sweden, which embraces different generations, backgrounds and mediums.”

The story is about the small town of Lafors, which wants to improve its fortunes by luring in a German discount supermarket. …

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