August, Sweden conquer Lübeck
by Annika Pham
Beyond [+see also:
film profile] by Swedish star actress turned director Pernilla August was bestowed the NDR Award for Best Feature Film and its €12,00 cash prize on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, Germany. The Swedish drama convinced the jury "on account of its topicality and its radical intensity."
For the first time in the festival’s 52 years, four Swedish films won major awards in Lübeck. Like Beyond, the other three are also feature debuts. Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson’s Sound of Noise [+see also:
film profile] won the Baltic Film Prize, Agnieszka Lukasiak’s Between Two Fires [+see also:
film profile] the Interfilm Church Prize (€2,500) and Babak Najafi’s Sebbe [+see also:
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Steam of Life (Finland) by Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen scooped the Documentary Film Prize and Biger Larsen’s Superbrother [+see also:
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Dagur Kári’s The Good Heart [+see also:
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Illustrating Norway’s current popularity with children and youth films, the Children’s Jury crowned Lars Berg’s crime story for kids East End Angels Best Film, while Katarina Launing and Roar Uthaug’s Christmas saga Magic Silver [+see also:
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile] got a Special Mention.
The Cinegate-Prize went to Germany’s Go Bash by Stefan Prehn and Paula Bergner.