Jesper Christensen wins Best Actor at the Chicago Film Fest

The Danish actor Jesper Christensen has won the ‘Best Actor’ award at this year’s Chicago Film Fest.

Christensen won for his leading role in Michael Noer’s Before the Frost, which is currently making its rounds at international film festivals. Here’s the synopsis for the film:

As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, an old farmer (Jens) and his family face starvation. With the harsh circumstances and the prospect of yet another tough winter, Jens agrees to ally with the neighbour family in a marriage between his daughter and their son. However, when the rich farmer at a nearby farm wants to buy Jens’s land, he sees a chance to provide him and his family with an even better life.

Before the Frost was also nominated for Best Feature Film at the festival. The Swedish documentary The Raft won a Silver Hugo in the documentary section of the festival.

We know Jesper Christensen best for his leading role in the hit Danish series The Legacy, and more recently in Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice. Internationally, Christensen played Mr. White in Spectre, which is part of the James Bond series.

Keep an eye out for our review of Before the Frost!

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.