The winners of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2017

The winners of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck were announced over the weekend, with Milad Alami’s [+] The Charmer [+] winning the top prize.

The Charmer, which is supported by New Danish Screen [+], is a drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women so he can remain in Denmark on his current visa. As time is running out he falls in love, but the past is catching up with him. The film won the €12,500 NDR Film Prize.

Iram Haq’s [+] What Will People Say [+] won the €5,000 NDR Honorary award and the Audience Award. Currently sitting at over 60,000 admissions locally in Norway, the film is based on the director’s real-life experiences as it follows teenager Nisha, who is stuck between being a normal Norwegian teenager and fitting in with her Pakistani family. When her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, her parents decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her parents’ culture.

Another Norwegian film, Thelma [+] by Joachim Trier [+], won the €2,500 Baltic Film Prize for Best Scandinavian film. The Finnish documentary Boiling Point [+] won the Documentary Film Prize, with an Honourary Prize going to A Bastard Child [+] by Knutte Wester. Disappearance [+] won the Interfilm Church Prize, with an Honourary Mention going to the delightful Going West [+] by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken.

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.