Top awards for Sweden at Nordisk Panorama in Aarhus
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
Sweden signed out with two awards and four honorable mentions, including the top €6,700 prizes for Nordic Documentary and Nordic Short, when the Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival, Scandinavia’s main showcase for shorts and documentaries, closed its 22th edition in Aarhus, Denmark, yesterday (September 28).
”A gripping piece of filmmaking” said the jury of Peter Thorbiörnsson’s documentary winner, Last Chapter, where he returns to Nicaragua to explore a bomb assassination in 1984. The film was producted by Staffan Julén for Eden Film AB.
Nordic Short Film went to Jens Assur’s Directors’ Fortnight entry in Cannes, Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys (photo), which Assur produced for his own studio, about the political strategy of dissidents in the People’s Republic of China and its effects on a young teacher’s life.
Sweden was represented by 20 documentaries and 33 shorts at the annual showcase, where the €3,000 New Nordic Voices trophy went to Danish directors Karen Walltorp and Christian Virum’s Manenberg, following teeagers in one of South Africa’s most violent townships.
”An exploration of the Finnish mind and the absurdities of global economy,” Finnish director Elina Talvensaari’s short documentary, How to Pick Berries, collected the FEDEORA prize from the Federation of Film Critics in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Danish director Marcus Schwenzel’s Seven Years of Winter received the €9,400 cash and services Go Wæst award for films produced in the region of Jutland – Danish director Malte Klagenberg’s The Art World’s Ugly Faces was named Best Talent.
More than 700 film professionals participated in the festival, which is organised by Filmkontakt Nord to unspool by turns in Aarhus, Oulu (Finland), Malmö (Sweden), Reykjavik (Iceland) and Bergen (Norway) – next time in Oulu, between September 21-26, 2012.