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The Hunt wins Nordic Film Prize

31 October 2013 5:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thomas Vinterberg is the first filmmaker to win the prize twice.

Morten Kaufmann, Tobias Lindholm, Sisse Graum Jorgensen

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg has become the first filmmaker to win the Nordic Council’s Film Prize twice after The Hunt (Jagten) collected the $64,000 (Dkk 350,000) award at a gala ceremony in Oslo’s Opera House.

Vinterberg, who also took the prize for Submarino in 2010, will share it with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm and producers Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Morten Kaufmann of Zentropa Entertainments.

The jury commented: “Through the allegory of The Hunt, Vinterberg’s film explores how the individual can be persecuted even in a well-meaning and well-functioning society, when it suddenly turns on one of its own. 

“This remarkable story is carried by Mads Mikkelsen’s powerful performance, the striking score and haunting and beautiful imagery.”

Competition included Finnish director Simo Halinen’s Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakúr’s The Deep (Djúpid), Norwegian »

- (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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Efa unveils 46 selected films

9 September 2013 5:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

European Film Academy reveals titles of the films on this year’s selection list.Scroll down for full list

The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the titles of the 46 films on this year’s selection list - the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2013.

A total of 32 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films.

In the coming weeks, the 2,900 Efa members will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter. The nominations will then be announced on Nov 9 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

A seven-member jury will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production »

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Almodovar, Wright, Ozon face off at EFAs

9 September 2013 4:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!”, Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House” and Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanberg’s Oscar-nommed “Kon-Tiki” square off among 46 films for the 26th European Film Academy Awards in one of the most-open Efa races in years.

Glaringly absent from the long-list of recommended Efa contenders is Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Adele: Chapters 1 & 2″ which, like big Cannes winners before it – think Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and “The White Ribbon” and Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” – would have been heads-on favorite in many pundits eyes to have scooped a bevy of top Efa plaudits.

While “Adele” was eligible for contention, having played a big festival between July 1 2012 and July 1 this year, rights-holder Wild Bunch was reluctant, because of piracy concerns, to make VOD and DVD copies available to Efa members on an eagerly title which has yet to roll out commercially across Europe, »

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Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize

3 September 2013 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is among the contenders for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize, complete with $62,000 (Dkk 350,000).

Vinterberg, who last won the prize in 2010 with Submarino, will be among five nominated directors.

The line-up includes:

The Deep (Djúpid), Baltasar Kormakúr (Iceland)Eat Sleep Die (Äta sova dö), Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)The Hunt (Jagten), Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)I Belong (Som du ser meg), Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway)Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Simo Halinen (Finland)

“’The human face’, the individual facing the group or society, and respect and dignity are common themes that run like a thread through all these films,” said managing director Hanne Palmquist, of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, which administers the prize.

“A Nordic reality sets the framework where daily life and its dilemmas are portrayed by eminent actors with empathy, humour and credibility. The nominated films are of high international quality, have a personal voice and something genuine at heart,” she added »

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Per Fly’s Monica Z wins Nordic award

21 August 2013 8:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Colour also picked up a prize at the 41st Norwegian International Film Festival (Niff) awards.

Danish director Per Fly picked up the Nordic Film Prize at the Niff awards last night [Aug 20] for his biopic Monica Z (Waltz for Monica).

The story of legendary Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund stars Edda Magnason in her first film role. Monica Z will be released in Norway on Sept 13.

Fly will next direct Backstabbing for Beginners, based on the true story of Un whistleblower Michael Soussan who called for an investigation of the Un’s dealings with Saddam Hussein. Fly is working on the screenplay with Us writer Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears) and it marks the first project developed for the international market by Creative Alliance - a new company created earlier this year by six Nordic directors and Us outfit Parts & Labor.

Other winners included Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour, which »

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Author Loe to co-direct Inventory

1 July 2013 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Norwegian author Erlend Loe is to co-direct an adaptation of his latest work, Inventory (Vareopptelling).

Loe will share directing duties on the black comedy with producer Yngve Sæther. The film, currently in development, will mark the directorial debut for both.

It will be produced by by Hans-Jørgen Osnes and Sæther for Oslo’s Motlys.

Loe has also adapted his screenplay for a novel, which Norway’s Cappelen Damm published in April, and also has been sold to Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Slovakia and Serbia, according to the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Loe and Sæther have known each other since the early 1990s, when Sæther used Loe as an actor in a short film.

Sæther  said: “He is a great storyteller, and we felt we could pull this project together. Few films deal with aging people who often feel rejected by society once they have passed their ‘use-by-date’.”

Sæther is an in-house producer at Motlys, where he has »

- (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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