Silent Heart was not so silent, when it swept away the Danish Bodil Awards
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Danish director Bille August, who has not won the Danish Film Critics’ film prize for 27 years, collected four statuettes at last week’s ceremony
“It is certainly a great honour and a welcome pat on the back”, said Danish director Bille August, when his latest feature Silent Heart [+see also:
film profile] – which has taken 258,000 admissions domestically – was presented with four Bodils during the Danish Film Critics’ awards ceremony at Copenhagen’s Bremen Theatre Saturday (28 February).
August had received a Bodil on two previous occasions, 36 years ago for Honey Moon, and 27 years ago for Pelle the Conqueror (which also won an Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Feature). “So you could rightfully say it’s about time it happened again,” explained the Bodil jury, which also awarded Danica Curcic and Pilou Asbæk for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
“His A Song for Martin was nominated in 2002 without winning, but this time there was no question: Silent Heart won our hearts and confirmed he is one of our greatest directors, when, like here, he hits the right notes and stays in tune,” added the jury, which gave its first Best Original Screenplay prize to Christian Torpe, who wrote the script.
The Special Bodil went to Danish editor Molly Malene Stensgaard for “creating not one, but two overwhelming versions of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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film profile]; as Martin Scorsese’s secret weapon is Thelma Schoonmaker, von Trier has Molly Malene,” said the jury.
“It is more important than an Oscar, which is for one film – this is for a whole career,” declared US-Danish actor Viggo Mortensen, who was given the Honorary Bodil (news) and who has been nominated for an Academy Award (for Canadian director David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises).
FULL LIST OF DANISH BODIL AWARDS 2015:
Best Feature Film
Danica Curcic – Silent Heart
Best Supporting Actor
Pilou Asbæk – Silent Heart
Best Supporting Actress
Susanne Storm – The Sunfish
Best Original Screenplay
Christian Torpe – Silent Night
Best US Feature
Boyhood (Dir: Richard Linklater)
Editor Molly Malene Stensgaard – Nymphomaniac (Dir: Lars von Trier)