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Winter Brothers conquers the 34th Robert Awards

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- With Film of the Year and eight more Roberts, Hlynur Pálmason’s debut has triumphed at the Danish Film Academy’s ceremony, while Ride Upon the Storm swept all the major TV series categories

Winter Brothers conquers the 34th Robert Awards
The team behind Winter Brothers with their awards, with director Hlynur Pàlmason in the centre (© Jonas Olufson/Scanpix)

The Danish-Icelandic production Winter Brothers [+see also:
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interview: Hlynur Pálmason
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]
 by Copenhagen-based debutant Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason has conquered the 34th Robert Awards (Robertprisen) by taking home nine statuettes, including those for Danish Film of the Year and Best Director. In the TV series categories, DR’s Ride Upon the Storm scooped all of the major awards. The annual ceremony organised by the Danish Film Academy, which celebrates Danish film and television, was hosted by Paprika Steen and took place at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre on Sunday 4 February.

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Winter Brothers, which depicts the relationship between two brothers in a “lack of love story” about embracing quirkiness, is already well-travelled and has been awarded at several major film festivals – including Locarno, CPH:PIX, Thessaloniki and New Horizons – and it also received the Roberts for Best Actor (Elliott Crosset Hove) and Best Supporting Actress (Victoria Carmen Sonne). Five more of its awards were for technical categories, including Best Cinematography for Maria von Hausswolff and Best Sound Design for Lars Halvorsen. The film took only 8,000 admissions in Denmark, and Pálmason mentioned: “It takes time to build something up; it does not happen in a day, so we should slowly build an audience that is interested in experiencing something new and something different.”

One year after his first Best Director Robert for Parents [+see also:
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, actor-director Christian Tafdrup returned with his sophomore relationship drama, A Horrible Woman [+see also:
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, and received two Roberts for it: Best Original Screenplay (along with his brother, Mads Tafdrup, who co-wrote the script) and Best Actress for the leading role, played by Amanda Collin.

The 3D animated film The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear [+see also:
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, which will also participate in the Berlinale’s Generation section, was awarded Best Film for Children and Youth Audiences, and also snagged the Best Adapted Screenplay Robert. Norwegian “Nordic noir” star Jakob Oftebro left the ceremony with the Best Supporting Actor Robert for The Man [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Charlotte Sieling
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]
, directed by Charlotte Sieling, who has racked up plenty of experience in the world of TV. Finally, Feras Fayyad’s Oscar-nominated Last Men in Aleppo [+see also:
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, which follows a citizens’ organisation that saves lives in the Syrian city of Aleppo, won Best Documentary.

Ride Upon the Storm, a character-driven drama that centres on a family of priests that traces its roots back more than 250 years, came out on top in the TV categories. The series, broadcasted by Danish pubcaster DR and directed by Kaspar Munk, received the Best TV Series Robert, while leading actor Lars Mikkelsen and actress Ann Eleonora Jørgensen received their respective Roberts. Another family drama, The Legacy, which has aired its third and final season, and was also commissioned by DR, received the Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) and Best Supporting Actress (Lene Maria Christensen).

Here is the complete list of the 2018 Danish Robert Award winners:

Best Danish Film
Winter Brothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
 – Hlynur Pálmason (Denmark/Iceland)

Best Film for Children and Youth Audiences
The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear [+see also:
trailer
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]
 – Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick, Jørgen Lerdam

Best Director
Hlynur Pálmason – Winter Brothers 

Best Original Screenplay
Christian Tafdrup, Mads Tafdrup – A Horrible Woman [+see also:
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trailer
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]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Philip Einstein Lipski, Amalie Næsby Fick, Bo Mr Hansen – The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

Best Actress
Amanda Collin – A Horrible Woman

Best Actor
Elliott Crosset Hove – Winter Brothers

Best Supporting Actress
Victoria Carmen Sonne – Winter Brothers

Best Supporting Actor
Jakob Oftebro – The Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Charlotte Sieling
film profile
]
 (Denmark/Norway/Czech Republic)

Best Production Design
Gustav Pontoppidan – Winter Brothers

Best Cinematography
Maria von Hausswolff – Winter Brothers

Best Costume Design
Nina Grønlund – Winter Brothers

Best Make-up
Katrine Tersgov – Winter Brothers

Best Editing
Kasper Leick – Darkland [+see also:
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Best Sound Design
Lars Halvorsen – Winter Brothers

Best Musical Score
Jens Ole Wowk McCoy – Darkland

Best Original Song
I Do Not Know How to Get in Your Heart” – Rumle Sieling Langdal Jensen (The Man)

Best Visual Effects
Martin Madsen – Man Divided [+see also:
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(Denmark/Sweden/Finland)

Best Documentary
Last Men in Aleppo [+see also:
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trailer
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]
 – Feras Fayyad (Denmark/Syria)

Best US Feature
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Non-US Feature
The Square [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ruben Östlund
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]
– Ruben Östlund (Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark/USA)

Best Short Film: Fiction/Animation
Silent Nights – Aske Bang

Best Short Film: Documentary
Weltschmerz – Jesper Dalgaard

Best Mini-TV Series
Tinka’s Christmas Adventure – Mogens Hagedorn

Best TV Series
Ride Upon the Storm – Kaspar Munk

Best Actor in a TV Series
Lars Mikkelsen – Ride Upon the Storm

Best Actress in a TV Series
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen – Ride Upon the Storm

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard – The Legacy, Season 3

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series
Lene Maria Christensen – The Legacy, Season 3

Honorary Robert
Tivi Magnusson (producer)

The IB Prize
Katja Adomeit (producer)

The Blockbuster Audience Award
Three Heists and a Hamster [+see also:
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]
 – Rasmus Heide (Denmark/Croatia)

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