Danish director May el-Toukhy has picked up this years Nordisk Film Talent Award at the Danish film festival, CPH PIX.
“With such a distinctive cinematic voice you could easily forget that this year’s award winner is a first-time feature director,” said Anders Frithiof August, representing the Nordisk Film Prize committee, from the stage in the huge Imperial Theater in Copenhagen at the opening of CPH PIX 2016.
May el-Toukhy released Long Story Short in 2015, which is an ensemble story about the ups and downs of love. The film starred Trine Dyrholm, Jens Albinus, Danica Curcic and Mille Lehfeldt.
It was her fresh approach to a mainstream genre that attracted the jury:
“The film’s extensive gallery of women, with their relationships and love-confused controversies, are recognisable and credible. Within the conventions of romantic comedy, the film manages to combine the entertaining with the serious. We are touched, and it never becomes sentimental or caricatured. An accomplishment in this genre,” said scriptwriter Anders Frithiof August, who received the award in 2011.
The Nordisk FIlm prize was founded in 1996 by the Nordisk Film Foundation and from 2010 onwards the award goes to a new Danish talent and is always handed out at the film festival. Last year, the prize went to Danica Curcic, making her the first acting talent to receive the honour.