NCFP 2013

PLEASE NOTE THE FIVE NOMINEES FOR THE 2014 NORDIC COUNCIL FILM PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED EARLY SEPTEMBER 2014.

Nordic Council Film Prize 2013 Goes To The Hunt
STOP PRESS RELEASE: Oslo, October 30, 2013. The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, wins the Nordic Council Film Prize. The prize was announced at the Nordic Council Prize Gala held in Oslo tonight October 30th.

The Hunt - Winnder NCFP 2013 - Morten Kaufmann (left) Tobias Lindholm (Centre),  Sisse Graum Jørgensen (Right)
Left to right: Morten Kaufmann, Tobias Lindholm, Sisse Graum Jørgensen

The Adjudication Committee justifies its choice of the winning film:

“In Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, a man is wrongfully accused of child abuse. At first glance it is a straightforward tale that could have been told in ancient Greece as well as in Hollywood.  But beneath the seemingly simple surface lie many complex themes, forcing the audience to discuss and analyse what they see.  Through the allegory of 'the hunt', Vinterberg’s film explores how the individual can be persecuted even in a well-meaning and well-functioning society, when it suddenly turns on one of its own.  This remarkable story is carried by Mads Mikkelsen’s powerful performance, the striking score and haunting and beautiful imagery.”

The Hunt is directed by Thomas Vinterberg who wrote the screenplay with Tobias Lindholm (pictured above). Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Morten Kaufmann produced the film, which is also the Danish Oscar candidate. The trio Vinterberg, Lindholm and Kaufmann were also behind Submarino that won the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2010. Thomas Vinterberg could not attend the ceremony as he is shooting his current film on location.

The Nordic Council Film Prize is worth DKK 350,000 and was presented by last year's winner, Ruben Östlund, at a gala celebration at the Opera House in Oslo on Wednesday evening.

Photo credit: Magnus Froderberg/norden.org

PREVIOUS INFORMATION
Previous winners of the film prize are Ruben Østlund, Pernilla August, Thomas Vinterberg, Lars von Trier, Roy Andersson, Peter Schønau Fog, Josef Fares, Per Fly and Aki Kaurismäki.

The winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize 2013 will be announced on 30 October. In addition to the film prize, the Nordic Council awards annually a literature prize, a music prize, and a nature and environment prize. The objective of all of these prizes is to increase interest in the literature, language, music and film of Nordic neighbouring countries. 

The five nominees 2013 are:

THE HUNT – Denmark: Director: Thomas Vinterberg – Writers: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg – Producers: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann.

OPEN UP TO ME - Finland: Director: Simo Halinen – Writer: Simo Halinen – Producer: Liisa Penttilä.

THE DEEP – Iceland: Director: Baltasar Kormákur – Writers: Jón Atli Jónasson, Baltasar Kormákur – Producers: Agnes Johansen, Baltasar Kormákur.

I BELONG – Norway: Director: Dag Johan Haugerud – Writer: Dag Johan Haugerud – Producer: Yngve Sæther.

EAT SLEEP DIE – Sweden: Director: Gabriela Pichler – Writer: Gabriela Pichler – Producer: China Åhlander (producer).

Click below for further information, trailers, and stills about the nominated films. 

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DENMARK – THE HUNT, (JAGTEN)

SYNOPSIS: Following a tough divorce, 40-year-old Lucas has a new girlfriend, a new job and is in the process of re-establishing his relationship with his teenage son, Marcus. But things go awry. Just a passing remark - a random lie. And as the snow falls and the Christmas lights are lit, the lie spr ... more…

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FINLAND – OPEN UP TO ME, (KERRON SINULLE KAIKEN)

SYNOPSIS: Maarit is a beautiful, intelligent and sexy woman – who used to be a man. Struck by the oddity of gender change, she is estranged from the daughter she fathered and from her previous life. When she meets and falls in love with Sami – soccer coach, teacher and family man – she finally feels ... more…

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ICELAND - THE DEEP (DJUPID)

SYNOPSIS: On a cold night in March 1984, a few miles off the south coast of Iceland, a fishing boat sank along with all of its men. Miraculously, one of its crew members survived. After six hours of battling the ocean for his life, the exhausted young titan, washes ashore, only to find himself in a ... more…

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NORWAY – I BELONG (SOM DU SER MEG)

SYNOPSIS What happens to us when people stop acting like they’re supposed to? A nurse gets into a dispute at work because she switches to speaking English when she gets nervous. A translator compromises her integrity when persuaded to translate a book she doesn’t believe in. An elderly woman and he ... more…

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SWEDEN – EAST SLEEP DIE (ÄTA SOVA DÖ)

SYNOPSIS When the forceful young Muslim Swedish/Balkan "take-no-shit" factory worker Raša loses her job, she faces the system of unemployment. With no high school diploma, no job – but her boots deeply stained with the mud of the small town she grew up in, Raša finds herself on a collision course wi ... more…