This years Nordic Council Film Prize has gone to Norway’s entry, Louder Than Bombs.
This is the first time that a Norwegian film has received the prestigious award, which is one of Northern Europe’s most coveted film awards. The prize comes with DKK 350,000 and is shared between director Joachim Trier, co-writer Eskil Vogt and producer Thomas Robsahm, in recognition of film as an art form. The prize was given out in presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark at the annual Session of the Nordic Council, which is currently being held in Copenhagen.
Louder Than Bombs tells the story about a father and his two sons three years after their wife and mother, a famous war photographer, has passed away. An upcoming exhibition to celebrate photographer Isabelle Reed’s untimely death brings her eldest son, Jonah, back to the family home, compelling him to spend more time with his father, Gene, and his withdrawn younger brother, Conrad, whom he hasn’t seen in years. With the three of them under one roof, Gene tries to connect with his sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings for the woman whom they all remember very differently.
In 2015 the film was Norway’s first Palme d’or contender in Cannes in 36 years, and was sold to 92 countries. The same year it received the Cannon Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the Kosmorama-Trondheim International Film Festival, as well as the Bronze Horse for Best Film at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
The motivation for the jury 2016’s choice is the following: “Joachim Trier and his team embark on an artistic enterprise that takes storytelling to a new level. Its complexity of structure, its emotional probing and its ability to tear clichés apart should make it part of the curriculum in film schools around the world.”
Last year’s winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize was Virgin Mountain.