Magnus Gertten’s Nelly & Nadine scoops Best Nordic Doc at Nordisk Panorama
- The other big victor of the 2022 edition was Anita M Hopland’s Moosa Lane, in receipt of the New Nordic Voice Award
It’s a wrap for the 2022 edition of Nordisk Panorama, which unspooled in the Swedish city of Malmö from 22-27 September. This year's winners were announced on 27 September at the awards ceremony held at the City Hall. From among the 64 eligible Nordic documentaries and shorts, the jury members picked, and the audience voted for, the winners in five competition sections.
Magnus Gertten’s Nelly & Nadine [+see also:
interview: Magnus Gertten
film profile] (Sweden/Belgium/Norway) scooped the Award for Best Nordic Doc. Premiered at the Berlinale in February, the picture revolves around the love story between the two titular women, who fall in love in a concentration camp on Christmas Eve, 1944. The jury awarded the documentary as it successfully “brings to life unknown faces from history, highlighting a deeply human and tender love story”, and “masterfully uses archive material and a poetic visual language, and approaches its main characters with love, empathy and deep respect”. The movie is a co-production between Sweden, Belgium and Norway, spearheaded by Malmö-based Auto Images. The prize consists of a €11,000 grant, sponsored by the five main Nordic pubcasters.
Described as “a kaleidoscopic depiction of alien life on Earth”, Fredrik Sundsteigen Hana’s From.Beyond (Norway) received the Award for Best Nordic Short, which consists of a €5,000 grant backed by the Danish Film Directors and the Swedish Film Directors associations. Vedran Rupic’s The Diamond (Sweden) snagged an Honourable Mention.
Next, the New Nordic Voice Award went to Anita M Hopland’s Moosa Lane (Denmark/Norway). In it, the helmer follows her Pakistani family – 25 people living under the same roof in Karachi – over the course of 15 years, with long stays with the family putting her life in Denmark in perspective. The jury praised it as “a visually poetic film that juxtaposes the longing to be free from the bonds of your homeland and the yearning to get to belong somewhere”. The prize consists of a €5,000 grant provided by AVEK and Film i Skåne.
Finally, two other awards – the City of Malmö’s Audience Award (worth €2,500) and the Young Nordic Award (worth €1,500) – were bestowed upon Simon Lereng Wilmont’s A House Made of Splinters [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark/Finland/Ukraine/Sweden) and Lina Berger’s Inside the Aquarium (Sweden), respectively.
Here is a list of this year’s award winners:
Best Nordic Short
From.Beyond – Fredrik Sundsteigen Hana (Norway)
The Diamond – Vedran Rupic (Sweden)
New Nordic Voice
Moosa Lane – Anita M Hopland (Denmark/Norway)
Young Nordic Award
Inside the Aquarium – Lina Berger (Sweden)
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