March 16, 2006



Conference and film series focusing on children in the service of adults at the Malmö International Children and Youth Film Festival, which runs between Tuesday 14 - Sunday 18 March

Children in Danger - Children in the service of adults is this year's theme for a conference and film series at BUFF - the Malmö International Children and Youth Film Festival, which runs between Tuesday 14 - Sunday 18 March.

Festival director Lennart Ström will screen seven features and documentaries dealing with the exploitation of children in war and political power play, from Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi's Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand (Turtles Can Fly) over Mexican director Luis Mandoki's Voces inocentes (Innocent Voices) to Danish director Mette Zeruneith's I soldatens fodspor (In a Soldier's Footsteps).

The directors including Frode Højer Pedersen (Denmark) Sander Francken (The Netherlands), and Firdoze Bulbulia (South Africa) will deliver keynote speeches at the conference with Hans Lind from Save the Children (Redd Barna).

More than 100 films targeted at audiences aged between 5-20, their parents and film professionals, will be on show at the 23rd edition of the festival, which was opened yesterday (Tuesday, 14 March) by Danish director Kasper Barfoed's Tempelriddernes skat (The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar).

Two Swedish films are included in the eight-picture line-up for this year's competition, including Josef Fares' Zozo - Sweden's official candidate for the Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Feature, and Anders Gustafsson's Percy, Buffalo Bill & jag (Percy, Buffalo Bill & I), the Berlinale Kinderfilmfest contender.


In an Internet poll, BUFF has asked, "Which films are a must to have seen before you are 15". The Top Ten list comprises five Swedish titles: No 1 Fucking Åmål (aka Show Me Love). Dir: Lukas Moodysson/1998. No 3  Bröderna Lejonhjärta (The Brothers Lionheart). Dir: Olle Hellbom/1977. No 6 Mitt liv som hund (My Life as a Dog). Dir: Lasse Hallström/1985. Zozo. Dir: Josef Fares/2005. No 10 En kärlekshistoria (A Love Story). Dir: Roy Andersson/1970.


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