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GÖTEBORG 2016 Awards

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A profitable festival weekend for Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine

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- The Danish director’s movie won the Göteborg International Film Festival’s €108,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film – after Rotterdam and before Copenhagen’s Roberts

A profitable festival weekend for Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine
Director Martin Zandvliet (left) and producer Mikael Christian Rieks with their awards (© Violetta Kovacka/GIFF)

Danish director Martin Zandvliet and his Danish producer, Mikael Christian Rieks, have had a profitable weekend touring Land of Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Louis Hofmann
interview: Martin Zandvliet
film profile
]
, their latest feature, which on Saturday (6 February) received the top prize at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival: the €108,000 Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

“The film shows the tragic cycles of war – the winners adopt the brutal techniques of the losers. A very intense, suspenseful and beautiful film about the exploitation of children swept into war, and uncovering new facts about post-war Denmark,” said the jury, chaired by US director-composer-artist Laurie Anderson (who also showed her latest film, Heart of a Dog [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, at the festival).

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The night before (5 February), Zandvliet and Rieks had attended the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where they collected the MovieZone Award and the Audience Award (read the news). They then continued to Copenhagen, where last night (7 February) they collected six Robert Awards from the Danish Film Academy, after having been nominated in 14 categories (read the news).

Produced by Nordisk Film Production, Land of Mine, which has so far taken 172,000 admissions since its domestic release by the company’s distribution arm, was world-premiered last year in the Toronto International Film Festival’s new auteur section, Platform; it has since screened at Tokyo and Sundance, among other gatherings.

Göteborg closed its 39th festival with a ceremony in Gothenburg’s Stora Teatern, after screening 450 films from 84 countries. The festival’s Dragon for Best Nordic Documentary (which comes complete with €10,800) went to Swedish-Polish director Jerzy Sladkowski’s Don Juan [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
.

Here is the full list of Göteborg 2016 winners:

Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film
Land of Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Louis Hofmann
interview: Martin Zandvliet
film profile
]
– Martin Zandvliet 

Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary
Don Juan [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Jerzy Sladkowski

Honorary Mention
I Remember When I Die – Maria Bäck

Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
Lost and Beautiful [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Pietro Marcello ­
film profile
]
– Pietro Marcello

Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award
Petrus Sjövik – The Model [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

International Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Prize
Sparrows [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
film profile
]
– Rúnar Rúnarsson

Lorens Award
Emma Åkesdotter Ronge – The Yard [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Audience Award for Best Feature
The Second Mother – Anna Muylaert

Audience Award for Best Nordic Film
Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
film profile
]
– Rune Denstad Langlo

Bonnie Scholarship (for a young filmmaker with a short at the festival)
Mikael Bundsen – Mother Knows Best

Nordic Honorary Dragon Award
Susanne Bier

Honorary Dragon Award
Tom Hooper

Best Swedish Short
Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson – Ten Meter Tower

Public Choice Award for Best Short
Joanna Rytel – Moms on Fire

Swedish Church’s Angelo Award
The Girl Who Saved My Life [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
– Hogir Hirori

The City of Göteborg Award
My Skinny Sister [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sanna Lenken
film profile
]
– Sanna Lenken

The Mai Zetterling Scholarship
Linda Västrik

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