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Film festival: more visitors but less tickets sold

Ben Kendall 2012-02-08


When the last film was shown on Monday, 33,284 people had visited the Göteborg International Film Festival. This is an increase of around 2 percent compared with last year.

Ticket sales were down about 2,500 from last year's record of 130,620, but this was expected as Pustervik and Folkteatern were unavailable during the festival. Seat-occupancy was 63 percent, about 3 percent more than last year.

"Those numbers are proof that the public like going to the cinema and that they want a rich and varied range from all over the world," says Marit Kapla, artistic director at the Göteborg International Film Festival, in a statement.

"It's extra fun that two quite provocative films won the audience awards: Andreas Dresen's Stopped on Track deals with a tough cancer diagnosis and Ester Martin Bergmark's Pojktanten is about finding ones identity outside society's expectations."

In total 429 films from 80 different countries were screened during the eleven-day festival.

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