Flee, Persona Non Grata and The Chestnut Man triumph at this year’s Roberts
- Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary scooped four accolades, whilst Lisa Jespersen’s dramedy took home three prizes, including Best Feature Film
On Saturday, the Danish Robert Awards ceremony was held at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre in Copenhagen. This year’s edition saw the triumph of three productions – namely, Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary Flee [+see also:
interview: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
film profile], Lisa Jespersen’s dramedy Persona Non Grata [+see also:
interview: Lisa Jespersen
film profile] and the TV series The Chestnut Man.
Flee took home four statuettes – Best Documentary, Best Editing, Best Sound Design and Best Score – whilst Persona Non Grata was crowned Best Feature Film and also scooped the Award for Best Director, marking the first time ever that a first-time female helmer has won the gong. Jespersen also won the Award for Best Original Screenplay along with Sara Isabella Jønsson.
Persona Non Grata has been described as “a humorous drama” revolving around Laura, who has distanced herself from her family in the countryside and has moved to Copenhagen to be a writer and live the bohemian lifestyle. When she is forced to return to her childhood home to participate in her brother’s wedding, she discovers that he is about to marry her worst childhood enemy, Catrine.
Meanwhile, Flee tells the true story of Amin, who arrived as an unaccompanied minor in Denmark from Afghanistan. A successful thirty-something academic ready to get married to his long-time boyfriend, Amin has been hiding his homosexuality for over 20 years and, for the first time, decides to share his story with his close friend.
Next, Netflix’s hit crime series The Chestnut Man, created by Søren Sveistrup and staged by Sam Productions, was given four prizes – Best Series, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Series.
Among other victors, Eskil Vogt’s thriller The Innocents [+see also:
interview: Eskil Vogt
film profile] won Best Non-English-language Film, and Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland received the Award for Best English-language Film.
Here is the list of this year’s Robert Award winners:
Best TV Series
The Chestnut Man - Kasper Barfoed, Mikkel Serup (Denmark)
Lisa Jespersen – Persona Non Grata
Best Original Screenplay
Lisa Jespersen and Sara Isabella Jønsson – Persona Non Grata
Best Adapted Screenplay
Anders Matthesen – Checkered Ninja 2
Janus Billeskov Jansen – Flee
Simon Bennebjerg – The Pact (Denmark)
Birthe Neumann – The Pact
Best Supporting Actress
Josephine Park – The Venus Effect (Denmark)
Best Actor – TV Series
Besir Zeciri – Outlaw (Denmark)
Best Actress – TV Series
Danica Curcic – The Chestnut Man
Best Supporting Actor – TV Series
David Dencik – The Chestnut Man
Best Supporting Actress – TV Series
Iben Dorner – The Chestnut Man
Best Set Design
Søren Schwarzberg – Margrete – Queen of the North
Best Costume Design
Manon Rasmussen – Margrete – Queen of the North
Elizabeth Bukkehave – The Shadow in My Eye (Denmark)
Best Sound Design
Edward Björner and Tormod Ringnes – Flee
Uno Helmersson – Flee
Best Original Song
“The Last Call” – Lydmor/Jenny Rossander and Christian Schousboe Vium – The Venus Effect
Best Visual Effects
Nikolas D’Andrade, Sébastien Caudron and Mikael Windelin – The Shadow in My Eye
Best Short TV Series
Outlaw – Laurits Flensted-Jensen (Denmark)
Best Short Animation Film
Wild Minds – Hannah Elbke (Denmark)
Best Short Documentary
Love Bound – Vibe Mogensen (Denmark)
Best English-language Film
Nomadland – Chloé Zhao (USA)
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