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WINTER BROTHERS wins at the Vilnius Film Festival

Nordic films have come out on top at the Vilnius Film Festival in Lithuania with Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brothers winning Best Film in the inaugural European Debut Competition.

The jury, who was comprised of festival strategist Kathleen McInnis, Iranian actor Homayoun Ershadi, Jerusalem Film Festival programme director Elad Samorzik, Lithuanian producer Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė and Lithuanian filmmaker Audrius Stony stated: “Winter Brothers heralds a new voice in arthouse cinema.”

The films lead actor Elliott Crosset Hove won the Best Actor Award for his role as Emil.

The other Nordic winner of the night was Jens Assur’s drama about generational conflicts, Ravens. The film won the Cineuropa Prize, with the jury described it as “a subtle, silent-yet-elegant film that may get lost in the noise of louder, more mainstream movies.”

The Vilnius Film Festival hosted screening in 11 Lithuania, totalling 115,000 admissions nationwide from the 15th until the 29th of March.

You can view the full list of winners at Cineuropa and the full list of Nordic films that screened here. 

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.