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Life in a Fishbowl wins at Lübeck

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- The film by Icelandic Baldvin Z won the NDR Film Prize. The audience awarded HelloHello

Life in a Fishbowl wins at Lübeck
Life in a Fishbowl by Baldvin Z

The 56th edition of the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck (29 October - 2 November 2014) concluded with the victory of Icelandic Baldvin Z (for Zophoniasson). His second feature, Life in a Fishbowl [+see also:
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, took home the NDR Film Prize, of 12,500 euro, ahead of titles like big Venice winner A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [+see also:
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interview: Roy Andersson
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by Swedish Roy Andersson (also present in the Retrospective section, with You, the Living [+see also:
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interview: Pernilla Sandström
interview: Roy Andersson
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and a choice of commercials directed by him), Cannes prizewinner Force Majeure (Turist) [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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by his fellow countryman Ruben Östlund, Blind [+see also:
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interview: Eskil Vogt
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and 1001 Grams [+see also:
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(opening film, and winner of the Interfilm Church Prize), directed by the talented Norwegians Eskil Vogt and Bent Hamer respectively, and also new movies by Danish Ole Christian Madsen and Niels Arden Oplev. The jury particularly admired the way in which the actors of Baldvin Z's film bore that "profoundly human image, in a cold and indifferent society".

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Special mentions went to Letter to the King [+see also:
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by Hisham Zaman (Norway) and They Have Escaped [+see also:
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by J-P Valkeapää (Finland). 

The Audience Prize went to likeable HelloHello [+see also:
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by Swedish Maria Blom, about life and love that disappears and reappears. The Baltic Film Prize for best Nordic feature film went to a first feature: Swedish film Underdog [+see also:
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interview: Ronnie Sandahl
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by Ronnie Sandahl.

Aside from the special mention that made a clean sweep in the main competition, Finnish cinema came to the fore thanks to Once I Dreamt of Life by Jukka Kärkkäinen and Sini Liimatainen, which won the Documentary Film Prize, and The Disciple [+see also:
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by Ulrika Bengts,  jury favourite in the Children's and Youth Films competition, while in this section, the children's jury voted for The Boy with the Golden Pants by Ella Lemhagen (Sweden). 

Director of Nordic Film Days, Christian Modersbach, and artistic director Linde Fröhlich were delighted with the success of this edition: in five days, the event welcomed a record number of 29,000 viewers to a record number of 172 films. Theatres were often full to bursting point, and debates and events were very lively. In addition to the 201 director guests, Lübeck also welcomed 780 industry professionals and members of the press.

(Translated from French)

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