The nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2017 have been announced, with some of the best Nordic films selected. The purpose of the Nordic Council Film Prize is to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and recognise outstanding artistic initiatives.
The films selected have deep roots in Nordic culture, high artistic quality and originality, and they combine many elements into the film.
The DKK 350,000 prize will be shared equally among the screenwriter, director, and producer, underscoring how film as an art form is brought about by the close collaboration of these three main contributors.
Notable absentees from the list include Norway’s The King’s Choice, which just won eight Amanda awards over the weekend, as well as Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side of Hope, which has been a festival favourite. While it could be argued that each is rather mainstream, last year’s winner was Louder than Bombs by Joachim Trier; an excellent film but hardly Nordic. The same could be said of Hunting Flies (why does Norway select non Norwegian films?), but Hunting Flies is perhaps one of the best films on the list.
Overall, it looks like it might be a close race between Sami Blood and Heartstone; Sami Blood possibly inching out ahead because of its socio-political commentary.
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The winners will be announced in Helsinki on the 1st of November 2017.
The nominees are:
Directed by Christian Tafdrup
When their son, Esben, moves out, Kjeld and Vibeke decide to relocate to a smaller home. They discover that the apartment they lived in back when they were students is up for sale and agree to buy it and make a new start. Kjeld furnishes the apartment the way it was furnished back then, and for a while, the two relive their sweet days of youth. But events take a turn neither of them had expected when they wake up one morning and find that they are actually thirty years younger.
Directed by Selma Vilhunen
Little Wing tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who is quickly growing to adulthood, and about her mother (Paula Vesala), who doesn’t want to grow up.
Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.
Directed by Izer Aliu
The idealistic teacher Ghani loses his principles during an intense day, when he barricades the students in an attempt in saving his working place. A political drama caging the rise and fall of a dictatorship in a classroom.
Directed by Amanda Kernell
Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.