Finnish-Swedish co-production Rasberry Boat Refugee has won The Nordic Film Award Haugesund, an award given by the Norwegian International Film Festival. the award consists of NOK 40,000 and goes to the director of the best Nordic film.
The jury members awarding the The Nordic Film Award were Guttorm Pettersson, Monique Sjøberg – Film & Kino and Edelh Ingebrigtsen from Nordkapp Filmfestival. The jury gave the following motivation for awarding:
“It is difficult to choose a favorite amongst so many films in different genres. Our joint decision is an apparently easygoing and wild comedy, but with serious intentions and pinpointing the naive and simplified perception of differences between two neighboring countries. The story is also about the feeling of not fitting into the role you are expected to fill. The main character feels that he is a cultural transvestite.
The winner is Rasberryboat Refugee / Hallonbåtsflyktningen”
Rasberry Boat Refugee is produced by Ilkka Matila for Matila Röhr Productions and Patrick Ryborn For Eyeworks Scandi Fiktion. The film has been directed by Leif Lindblom. The film will have its Finnish opening on October 3rd and will be distributed by Nordisk Film distribution.
Rasberry Boat Refugee tells the story of Mikko Virtanen, who is a national transvestite. He is a Swedish soul trapped in a Finnish body. Upon meeting the Swedish suicidal psychologist Mikael Anderson, an opportunity for an identity switch presents itself. Raspberry Boat Refugee is an amusing comedy about cultural differences among the Nordic countries and prejudices about our neighbours.
The Norwegian International Film Festival has been held annually in Haugesund, Norway since 1973. Rasberry Boat Refugee was screened in festival’s Nordic Focus sidebar, which was organized for the fifth time this year. Nordic Focus has become an important and popular part of the festival’s Nordic profile.