Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Five outstanding Nordic films are nominated for the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize 2011.
Five outstanding and very different Nordic films are candidates this year for the coveted NORDIC COUNCIL FILM PRIZE. Among the nominated directors are Pernilla August, Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Joachim Trier, Nikolaj Arcel and Zaida Bergroth. They are all in a tough competition with outstanding films, one from each of the Nordic countries, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
To be nominated for the prize, worth DKK 350.000, the films must be embedded to a significant degree in Nordic culture, must be of high artistic quality, stand out in terms of artistic originality, and combine and refine the many elements of film in a convincing and integrated manner.
This year's five nominees are:
SANDHEDEN OM MÆND (TRUTH ABOUT MEN) - Denmark
Director: Nikolaj Arcel / Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Producers: Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth
HYVÄ POIKA (THE GOOD SON) - Finland
Director: Zaida Bergroth / Writers: Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth
Producers: Elli Toivoniemi, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
BRIM (UNDERCURRENT) - Iceland
Director: Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson / Writers: Ottó Geir Borg, Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Vesturport
Producers: Thor. S. Sigurjónsson, Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Grímar Jónsson, Gísli Örn Gardarsson
OSLO, 31. AUGUST (OSLO, AUGUST 31ST) - Norway
Director: Joachim Trier / Writers: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Producer: Yngve Sæther, Sigve Endresen, Hans Jørgen Osnes
SVINALÄNGORNA (BEYOND) - Sweden
Director: Pernilla August / Writers: Pernilla August, Lolita Ray
Producers: Helena Danielsson, Ralf Karlsson
About the Nordisk Råds Filmpris
The five national titles are selected by a jury consisting of two people in each of the five Nordic countries. Now that the five candidates have been chosen, a joint Nordic jury will convene to vote and select this year’s prize winner. This year’s Nordic Adjudication Committee consists of film critic Per Juul Carlsen (DK), communication manager Outi Heiskanen (FI), CEO Sif Gunarsdottir (IS), editor Silje Riise Næss (N) and film critic Fredrik Sahlin (S).
The winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize 2011 will be announced in October and will be presented with the prize at the Nordic Council’s Session in Copenhagen Tuesday 2 November.
In addition to the film prize, the Nordic Council awards annually a literature prize, a music prize, and a nature and environment prize. The objective of all of these prizes is to increase interest in the literature, language, music and film of Nordic neighbouring countries.
Motivations, production notes, pictures and generel information on The Nordic Council Film Prize: www.nordiccouncilfilmprize.com www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com www.norden.org