Nordic films win at the European Film Awards

The European Film Awards were held over the weekend, and Nordic films won a total of six awards.

Hannes Holm‘s A Man Called Ove won Best Comedy, making it the second year in a row that Sweden won that award, after Roy Andersson‘s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. Who knew the Swedes could be so funny?

Over in Finland, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki by Juho Kuosmanen picked up the European Discovery-Prix FIPRESCI. Olli Maki has had a huge year, starting with the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

In Denmark, Land of Mine, directed by Martin Zandvliet, won three technical awards for Best European Cinematographer (Camilla Hjelm Knudsen), Costume Designer (Stefanie Bieker) and Hair & Make-up Artist (Barbara Kreuzer).

The Commune, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, picked up Best European Editor (Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen).

This isn’t the end for A Man Called Ove, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki and Land of Mine; these three films are the selections for Sweden, Finland and Denmark in the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category.


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.

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