An especially good program and a Golden Palm-winner as the opening film was quite a start at this year's festival.
It has been buzzing with people at Nordisk Film Kino Vika, Cinemateket and Vega Scene, with many sold out screenings, and we are truly happy to announce that we broke the record with over 25.000 visitors.
This year's festival has been filled with lots of exciting activities, and one of the highlights of the year has without doubt been the visit of master director Park Chan-wook and this year's retrospective. The Klingenberg cinema was filled to capacity when we presented the festival’s honours award to Park Chan-wook, a unique film artist that we are very proud to have had as our visitor during this year’s festival.
In addition we are very pleased to have been visited by, among others, the Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor Castilla whom had three films on our program, Amjad Abu Alala from Sudan, who was the main guest of this year's Sudan section, as well as Brazilian Gabriel Mascaro who was responsible for this year’s closing film, Divine Love.
Ahead of the closing film on Saturday, November 16, we invited to the awards ceremony at Vega Scene, and you can read more about the award winners here.
In addition to regular screenings inside the theatres with discussions and director visits, we have had several successful special screenings and a focus especially towards kids and young people.
Over 3.000 children and teenagers have seen films at their own school viewings at the festival, and for the first time we invited all of Oslo’s kindergartens to attend a film festival. There, over 3.000 kindergarteners got to experience outdoor cinema at Youngstorget, where they saw a short film program about the animals in Africa.
Two of the highlights at the festival was the dog cinema at Youngstorget, and culinary cinema at Kulturkirken Jakob.
At the dog cinema on Sunday, November 10, we featured the charming documentary Los Reyes, specially designed for four-legged and two-legged friends. Of course with dog snacks! Vårt Oslo has published a bonanza of pictures - see here.
Delicious food from the South Korean Embassy together with the screening of the documentary The Wandering Chef created a magical atmosphere in a crowded Kulturkirken Jakob on Thursday, November 14, accompanying this year’s focus on Korea at the festival.
We hope visitors at this year's festival have had a supreme experience, and we welcome everyone back next year when Film from the South celebrates 30 whole years. See you on the 6 to 16th of November 2020!
Pictures from the festival can be seen here.