The winners of this year’s edition of Nordisk Panorama have been revealed. The Awards Gala took place at Malmö City Town Hall on the 26th of September.
Here are the winners:
Best Nordic Documentary
Last Men in Aleppo by Feras Fayyad (SY), 2017, 105 min, (Denmark, Syria, Germany)
Co-directed by Søren Steen Jespersen, Larm Film, DK
The Award for the Best Nordic Documentary goes to this example of outstanding film-making portraying one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Risking their lives, with great respect for their characters and an impressive sensitivity to the complexity of war, the film-makers take us into a world made up of choices that very few of us would be capable of making.
Nowhere to Hide by Zaradasht Ahmed (NO), 2016, 85 min, (Norway)
We would like to give a special mention to a film that gives us a unique insight into the long-term consequences of war, from the perspective of an ordinary man whose life is turned upside-down.
Olivia Cooper-Hadjian, Cinema du Reél (France), Claire Aguilar, IDA (USA), Jerzy Sladkowski, Winner of the Best Nordic Documentary Award 2016 (Sweden)
About the Award
The Best Nordic Documentary Award is presented by the documentary jury to one of the 14 films in the Nordic Documentary Competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the film.
The prize sum is 11,000 € and is sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT.
Best Nordic Short Film
Arr. for a Scene by Jonna Kina (FI), 2017, 6 min, (Finland, France)
This Award goes to a 5-minute long film shot on 35 mm in one take, because it shows the potential of what short film is when at its best. Shot within a short time, and thanks to the precise simplicity in the execution, it opens up multiple layers: for observation, perception and thinking. We see two people at work, creating something that is invisible: Sound. There is no distraction, no unnecessary information: all the attention is on the different aspects of sound and how it’s being created.
It is a joy to watch the two foley artists co-ordinate with one another to create one layer of sound. Even though they are not looking at each other they seem to dance together. Every movement is carefully choreographed, rehearsed and performed with intense concentration. We cannot see what they are looking at – in fact they seem to look at us, the audience, while we are looking at them. Their performance creates a soundtrack for a movie that is not on the screen, but in the head of the viewer. Each viewer sees their own film in front of their inner eye, depending on his or her own individual imagination. Slowly you start to realize that this soundtrack is familiar to you: the running water of a shower, a shower curtain, a stabbing. The individual imagination shifts into a collective remembrance of an iconic scene from the history of cinema. As a staged documentary this film blurs the lines between cinema, theatre and art.
It is a film about film-making. But it is also a film about the shared experience of cinema. And it brings us together by tapping into the collective memory we all have – the memory created by iconic movies. All this arranged in one scene and a few minutes.
I Will Always Love You, Conny by Amanda Kernell (SE), 2017, 31 min, (Sweden, Denmark)
Anna Henckel Donnersmark, Berlinale (Germany), Derek Tan, Viddsee (Singapore), Peter Larsson, Winner of Best Nordic Short Film Award 2016 (Sweden).
About the Award
The Best Nordic Short Film Award is presented by the short film jury to one of the 28 films in the Nordic Short Film Competition. The prize-winning film will qualify for consideration in the Short Film Category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The award goes to the director(s) of the film.
The prize sum of 7,000 € is sponsored by the Nordic directors’ associations; Danish Film Directors, Directors Guild of Finland, Guild of Icelandic Film Directors, Norwegian Film Makers Association and Swedish Film Directors.
Best New Nordic Voice: Documentary
Living Lorna by Jessica Karlsson (SE) & Annika Karlsson (SE), 2017, 61 min, (Sweden)
A sensible and heart-gripping coming-of-age film about finding your way of living in a changing world, whether it’s the importance of keeping up tradition or breaking loose. We instantly fell in love with the lead character, a strong and beautiful young woman. We want her to stay the way she is.
Best New Nordic Voice: Short Film
Penelope by Heta Jäälinoja (FI), 2016, 5 min, (Estonia)
Speechless and with seemingly simple pencil lines, the film creates a timeless and limitless universe. The film is distinct and highly amusing, about a character coping with daily life. Home is not a prison, but life can be a mess.
Suvi Hanni, Tampere Film Agency (Finland), Jon Asp, Point of View (Sweden), Nicoline Skotte Jacobsen, Winner of the Best New Nordic Voices Award 2016 (Denmark).
About the Award
The New Nordic Voices Competition introduces promising new Nordic film-makers. The film-makers’ works have not previously been in the Nordisk Panorama competition programme, and selected films are among the first releases by the film-maker.
The Best New Nordic Voice Award is divided in a full-length documentary prize and a short film prize presented by the New Nordic Voices jury to two of the 13 films. The award goes to the directors of the two winning films.
The prize sum for the competition is 3,500 €, split between the two winners, and sponsored by Film i Skåne.
Children’s Choice Award
Schoolyard Blues by Maria Eriksson (SE), 2017, 17 min, (Sweden)
The young audience of Nordisk Panorama Film festival 2017
About the Award
The films in the Young Nordics programme compete for the love of our most critical audience. We ask the youngest viewers to tell us which film they liked the best and we’ll award the winner with a Children’s Choice award, as well as an invitation to attend next year’s festival.
Nordisk Panorama Audience Award
The Celestial Darkroom by Nils Petter Löfstedt (SE), 2017, 79 min (Sweden, Belgium)