The Nordic Film Prize will visit Oslo this weekend, showcasing the top Nordic film choices.
Ahead of the awards ceremony during the Nordic Council‘s session in Stockholm on 29 October, the Norwegian Film Institute will unspool the five nominees for the €47,000 Nordic Council Film Prize during the traditional Nordic Film Weekend from 25-26 October at Oslo’s Film House, with introductions by the filmmakers.
“Oslo cinema audiences will get a unique opportunity to see good Nordic films, meet the filmmakers and make up their own minds about which film deserves this year’s award,” saidSindre Guldvog, managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute.
Danish producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen will represent Lars von Trier‘s own cut of Nymphomaniac [+], although von Trier has himself started to talk again. (When recently, on 10 October, he received the Film Award Cologne for Nymphomaniac II [+] at the Cologne International Film and TV Festival, he said, “I have not spoken in public for three years, so I prepared a few words: thank you very much.”)
Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo‘s Concrete Night [+], which won six Jussis, including Best Film and Best Director, and has been named Finland’s official submission for the Oscar nominations, will be introduced by Finnish actor Jari Virman.
Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson and his Oscar-nominated producer, Fridrik Thór Fridriksson, will introduce Erlingsson’s Of Horses and Men [+], which has been sold to more than 30 countries and has collected more than 20 international awards, most recently for Best New Director at San Sebastian. It is Iceland’s official contender for an Oscar nomination.
Norwegian director Eskil Vogt and his lead actor Henrik Rafaelsen will stand up for Blind [+], Vogt’s feature debut after he supplied the scripts for three films by Norwegian director Joachim Trier. Blind has collected, among other prizes, four Amandas, the Scriptwriting Award (World Cinema, Dramatic) at Sundance and the Europa Cinemas Label at the Berlinale.
Swedish director Ruben Östlund, actress Lisa Loven Kongsli and actor Kristofer Hivju will talk about Östlund’s Force Majeure (Turist) [+], his third selection for the Cannes International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. The film, which is also Sweden’s official submission for the Oscar nominations, will be launched in Norway on 24 October.