Virgin Mountain has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Nordic Council Film Prize. The prize was announced at the Nordic Council’s annual autumn session, this year being held in Reykjavik.

Virgin Mountain tells the story of an overweight loner who lives with his mother. He breaks out of his shell after being forced to attend a dance class, and from there meets this first love interest.

The jury said Virgin Mountain is “A simple and visually inventive tale about preserving your goodness and innocence in a seemingly impenetrable world. Dagur Kári’s artistic ascent of a male virgin mountain results in a deeply moving and captivating film, offering a dignified portrait of its gentle giant of a man, as well as poignant depictions of the women around him.”

Virgin Mountain is part of what some are calling the ‘New Icelandic Wave’ of films winning numerous awards all over the world, such as Rams and Sparrows. This is the second year in a row that Iceland has won the top prize, winning last year for Of Horses and MenVirgin Mountain had its world premiere at Berlin in February before going on to win three awards, including Best Film, at Tribeca’s World Narrative Competition.

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