Nordisk Film awards an acting talent for the first time
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Danish major’s annual prize – worth DKK 1,000 x the company’s age – went to award-winning actress Danica Curcic
Danish actress Danica Curcic went directly from the Danish National School of Performing Arts to the Royal Danish Theatre, where her first season included leading parts in Frank Wedekind’s Lulu (for which she received the theatre critics’ Reumert Award) and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Before she graduated, she appeared in TV2 Denmark’s Those Who Kill (2011) thriller series, and Swedish pubcaster SVT1’s The Bridge II (co-produced with Denmark’s DR) and Wallander III (both 2013), subsequently adding several feature films to the list. Most recently, she won both the Danish Film Academy’s Robert and the Danish Film Critics’ Bodil for her role in Danish director Bille August’s Silent Heart [+see also:
film profile] (2014).
On Wednesday (8 April), she was the first acting talent to be presented with the Nordisk Film Prize, instigated by the Danish major in 1996, which comes with DKK 1,000 x the company’s age, this year DKK 109,000 (approximately €15,000); it has mainly been collected by Danish directors and screenwriters, such as Lars von Trier, Anders Thomas Jensen and, in 2014, Daniel Dencik.
A Shooting Star at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival (watch the interview), the 29-year-old Serbian-born actress, who came to Denmark when she was one year old, has also taken a BA in Film and Media Science at the University of Copenhagen, and studied for a year at an acting school in California. She is currently performing in Dencik’s 19th-century drama Gold Coast [+see also:
interview: Daniel Dencik
film profile], after having played in May el-Toukhy’s Long Story Short.
“She is completely unique in her approach to a role. She throws herself rashly into creating the character, making herself totally available, without compromising or losing the core of the person. There is a reason why she is so busy, but when we are with her in the darkness of the cinema, time stands still,” said Danish director Michael Noer, a member of the prize committee.