Nordic Council Film Prize 2019

The winner will be announced during the Award Ceremony in Stockholm 29 October. Films eligible for the Filmprize 2019 must be Nordic-produced full-length feature films with cinema distribution, and have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. 

The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors. 

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Queen of Hearts

  • Director: May el-Toukhy
  • Producer: Caroline Blanco and René Ezra
  • Country: Denmark
  • Original title: Dronningen

Queen of Hearts

Anne, a brilliant and dedicated lawyer specialising in children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit warren which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events that threatens to destroy her world.
Queen of Hearts explores the making of a tragic family secret step-by-step, as the consequences of hubris, lust, and lies conspire to create an unimaginable dilemma.

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  • Director: Miia Tervo
  • Producer: Max Malka
  • Country: Finland
  • Original title: Aurora


One night at a hot-dog stand in Finnish Lapland, the commitment-phobic party animal Aurora meets Iranian Darian. Darian needs to marry a Finnish woman to get asylum for him and his daughter. Aurora turns him down, as she is planning to move to Norway, away from her miserable life. However, after meeting his sweet daughter, she agrees to help him. As Aurora introduces numerous women to Darian, the two of them grow close. When the perfect wife candidate comes along, Darian and Aurora are faced with a difficult choice: pretend to be happy or finally stop running.

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A White, White Day

  • Director: Hlynur Pálmason
  • Producer: Anton Máni Svansson
  • Country: Iceland
  • Original title: Hvítur, hvítur dagur

A White, White Day

In a remote Icelandic town, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, who died in a tragic accident two years earlier. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth builds and inevitably he begins to himself and his loved ones in danger. A story of grief, revenge, and unconditional love.

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Blind Spot

  • Director: Tuva Novotny
  • Producer: Elisabeth Kvithyll
  • Country: Norway
  • Original title: Blindsone

Blind Spot

Blind Spot is the deeply heartrending story of a mother’s struggle to understand the capacity of her teenage daughter’s mental illness. With extreme sensitivity the film explores the grey zones, or blind spots, in mental illness that are difficult for parents and society to appreciate, while simultaneously problematising contemporary ideals that seem only to be built around happiness and success. How do we open up about difficult thoughts and problems, when perfection is the only thing we are expected to project to the outside world?

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Reconstructing Utøya

  • Director: Carl Javér
  • Producer: Fredrik Lange
  • Country: Sweden
  • Original title: Rekonstruktion Utøya

Reconstructing Utøya

Six years after the Utøya terrorist attack of 22 July 2011 in Norway, Rakel, Mohammed, Jenny, and Torje – all Utøya survivors – gather in northern Norway to remember and reconstruct what happened. They are joined by twelve young Norwegians who want to help and understand. A psychologist is involved throughout the entire project. Together, in a film studio, they reconstruct the survivors’ memories of what happened on Utøya. The survivors tell their story for their own sake, as well as for ours. For the present, as well as for the future. Reconstructing Utøya documents that process. 

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About Nordic Council Film Prize

The Nordic Council prizes aim to increase interest in culture and in collaboration on environmental issues, to recognise outstanding artistic and environmental initiatives and to raise the profile and increase the visibility of Nordic co-operation.

The prize-winning film
The winner of the prize will each year be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council. The prize is awarded to an artistically significant, Nordic-produced full-length feature film with cinema distribution. The film must have had its cinema premiere between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.

Criteria for nomination
The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, distinguish themselves by their artistic originality, and combine and elevate the many elements of film into a compelling and holistic work of art. 

National and Nordic jury
Each national jury consists of three members appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Ministers for Culture). The members are selected from prominent figures whose work relates analytically and critically to film.

Each national jury has a three-year tenure, and the members of the national juries for 2019 are:

Denmark:   Per Juul Carlsen*, Jakob Wendt Jensen, Eva Novrup Redvall

Finland:    Jaana Puskala*, Harri Römpötti, Mikaela Westerlund

Iceland:    Hilmar Oddsson*, Börkur Gunnarsson, Helga Þórey Jónsdóttir

Norway:   Inger Merete Hobbelstad*, Kalle Løchen, Britt Sørensen

Sweden:   Kristina Börjeson*, Emma Gray-Munthe, Gunnar Bergdahl (did not participate 2019 because of conflict of interest)

The Nordic jury is made up of the chairs (*) of each of the national juries.

Event Dates

Finnish Film Prize event
19 - 28 September 2019

Love & Anarchy, Helsinki Int. Film Festival

Contact: Anna Möttöiä

Icelandic Film Prize event
15 - 20 October 2019

Bio Paradis, Reykjavík

Contact: Hrönn Sveinsdóttir

Norwegian Film Prize event
25 - 27 October 2019

Nordisk Filmhelg, Oslo

Contact: Jannicke Stendal Hansen

Swedish Film Prize event
27 - 28 October 2019

Best of Norden, Stockholm

Contact: Åsa Jacobsson

Danish Film Prize event
27 October 2019

Grand Teatret, Copenhagen

Contact: Kim Foss

Award Ceremony
29 October 2019

Nordic Council Prizes 

Contact: Elisabet Skylare

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Petri Kemppinen
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Nordic Council of Ministers

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Danish/International Press & Media

Neumann PR & Communication
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Finnish Press & Media

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Icelandic Press & Media

Bio Paradis
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Norwegian Press & Media

Kjersti Vikør

Swedish Press & Media

Åsa Jacobsson