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Norway and Denmark share top prize at the Nordic Film Days

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- Unspooling between October 30-November 3, the largest festival for Nordic and Baltic cinema outside Scandinavia awarded Norwegian director Iram Haq’s I Am Yours and Danish director Michael Noer’s Northwest

Norway and Denmark share top prize at the Nordic Film Days

Norwegian director Iram Haq’s feature debut, I Am Yours [+see also:
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(photo) - Norway’s official submission for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar nomination - and Danish director Michael Noer’s  Northwest [+see also:
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shared the €12,500 NDR top prize in the international competition at the 55th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, which ended yesterday (November 3).

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At the awards ceremony on Saturday in Theater Lübeck, The Audience Prize went to Estonian director Ilmar Raag’s Kertu [+see also:
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, while the Baltic Jury honoured Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best! [+see also:
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. Danish director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen’s The Hour of the Lynx [+see also:
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received the Interfilm Church Prize, and Norwegian director Kari Anne Moe’s Bravehearts was named Best Documentary.

The Children and Youth Film Jury gave its award to Swedish directors Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein for Shed No Tears, while the Children’s Jury preferred Norwegian director Christian Lo forThe Tough Guys. German director Katja Adomeit’s Little Night Huntercollected the prize for Best Short.

Unspooling between October 30-November 3, the largest festival for Nordic, Baltic (adding regional Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein) cinema outside Scandinavia did not ignore the strong local interest in Nordic noir. Spearheaded by Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard’sThe Keeper of Lost Causes [+see also:
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, which has in less than a month taken 575,000 domestic admissions, a series of Crime Specials included Danish director Annette K Olesen’s The Shootist, Swedish directors Per Hanefjord’s The Hidden Child and Jens Jonsson’s Easy Money-Life Deluxe.

The Nordic Film Days also focused on documentaries, with a master class hosted by Copenhagen-based, US director Joshua Oppenheimer, whose The Act of Killing [+see also:
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has just been nominated for yet another two prizes for Best Documentary, by America’s International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) and Independent Filmmaker Project (New York). A panel of international documentary filmmakers discussed New Narrative Forms between Art and Politics.

And no festival can be without music: the documentary screenings of Finnish director Mika Ronkainen’s Finnish Blood, Swedish Heart [+see also:
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and German director Viviane Blumenschein’s Midsummer Night’s Tango, were followed up by Mirella Hautala & Månskensorkestern performing Finnish tango, and after German director Hannes Treiber’s Ciao Cello, award-winning cellist Wassily Gerassimez, who plays in the film, gave a concert.

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