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‘Before the Frost’ wins big at the Tokyo Film Festival

The Danish film Before the Frost has proven to be a big hit at this year’s Tokyo Film Festival, winning two different awards.

Firstly, lead actor Jesper Christensen won the award for Best Actor for his leading role. Christensen sent a video message describing Japan as “one of my favourite film countries in the whole world”. Christensen has starred in the James Bond series abroad, and The Legacy and The King’s Choice in Scandinavia.

Director Michael Noer accepted the award on Christensen’s behalf. Before the Frost also won the Special Jury Prize, which is the second place award.

Before the Frost is set in 19th-century Denmark and follows the struggles a farming community faces. We follow the farmer Jens, who faces the unbearable choice of forcing his daughter to marry a rich Swedish farmer and sell his farm to them. He is forced to forsake his won moral and the most precious things he owns in order to secure a better life for his daughter and nephews.

“I thank him for playing a version of my late father,” Noer said. “He gave a portrayal of a certain type of man who was important in my life, even though this character lived more than a century ago.”

Before the Frost is currently screening at various international film festivals. Our review will come soon.

You can watch a clip below.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.