The winners of the Nordic Film Days

The Nordic Film Days in Lübeck wrapped up over the weekend, and the Icelandic film Heartstone won the top prize of the event.

Directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Heartstone is set in a remote fishing village in Iceland and follows teenage boys Thor and Christian, who experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend.

Guðmundsson was there to accept the 12,500 Euro prize.

Other winners are The Day Will Come, which won the Audience Prize. Over 4,000 votes were cast by the cinema audiences.

The winner of the Baltic Film Prize was presented to The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen from Finland. The stars of the film accepted the award on his behalf.

The jury for the Children’s and Youth Film Prize gave the nod to the Latvian film Mellow Mud (Es Esmu Seit) by director Renars Vimba. The Children’s Jury Prize went to Hanne Larsen’s film “Gilbert’s Grim Revenge”, and the INTERFILM Prize, awarded by the church jury and endowed with 2,500 euros by the Lübeck-Lauenburg Protestant Lutheran Church District, also went to the land of fjords, for this year’s opening film Rosemari (dir: Sara Johnsen). The Documentary Prize (2,500 euros) presented by the Lübeck trade unions was awarded to director George Kurian’s The Crossing (Flukten), also from Norway. Director Cyprien Clément-Delmas can be proud of receiving the CineStar Prize, endowed with 3,000 euros donated by the eponymous cinema group, for his short film Drifting Away, shown in the Film Forum section.


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.