Five unique new films have been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2014
The nominations by the national juries represent the most accomplished cinematic events of the year by the acclaimed directors Lars von Trier, Pirjo Honkasalo, Benedikt Erlingsson, Eskil Vogt and Ruben Östlund.
The five nominations for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2014 were announced today. All of the films stand out at national and international level as significant cinematographic works and have already won several awards and honours at the biggest festivals in Europe and further afield.
“The five films nominated, comprising work by well-established and newer filmmakers alike, represent the crème de la crème of modern Nordic cinema. Their portrayals of human emotions and the forces of nature reflect a surprising diversity. Together with its partners, Nordisk Film & TV Fond is proud to bring these films to audiences in all five Nordic countries before the winner is announced in October,” says Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond.
The five films were selected by national juries on the basis of their high quality, their roots in Nordic culture and because they stand out via artistic originality as compelling, integrated works of art.
The winner of the accolade and of the DKK 350,000 prize will be announced during the Session of the Nordic Council in Stockholm on 29 October, along with the winners of other prizes for literature, music, nature and the environment.
The five films and their directors, scriptwriters and producers competing for the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2014 are as follows:
From Denmark – Nymphomaniac
Director/writer Lars von Trier and producer Louise Vesth.
Nymphomaniac is the wild, poetic story of a woman’s journey from birth to 50, as told by the main character, self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). On a cold winter’s evening, charming middle-aged bachelor Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård) finds Joe beaten up in an alley. He brings her home to his flat, where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, over eight chapters, recounts her sprawling, multifaceted story, rich in associations and interconnected incidents.
Watch Official Trailer of Nymphomaniac
From Finland – Concrete Night
Director/writer Pirjo Honkasalo, writer Pirkko Saisio and producers Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari.
Concrete Night is a dreamlike odyssey through the fragile mind of a young boy as he loses his innocence. The film opens in a cramped, concrete-jungle home. Ilkka, the elder of two brothers, is leaving to serve a prison sentence. During his last 24 hours of freedom, he and his vulnerable younger brother Simo explore the events that sealed Ilkka’s fate.
Watch Official Trailer of Concrete Night
From Iceland – Of Horses and Men
Director/writer Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Friðrik Þór Fridriksson.
Of Horses and Men is a rural romance about the humanity in horses and the equine in humans. Love and death become intertwined, with major consequences. The fortunes of people in the countryside are seen through the eyes of horses.
Watch Official Trailer Of Horses and Men
From Norway – Blind
Director/writer Eskil Vogt and producers Sigve Endresen and Hans Jørgen Osnes.
Blind – Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid retreats to the safety of her home, a place where she can feel in control, alone with her husband and her thoughts. However, Ingrid’s real problems do not lurk beyond the walls of her apartment, but lie within – and her deepest fears and repressed fantasies soon take over.
Watch Official Trailer of Blind
From Sweden – Force Majeure
Director/writer Ruben Östlund and producers Erik Hemmendorff and Marie Kjellson.
Force Majeure is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life. Plunged into a state of emergency, a family on holiday come into contact with human mechanisms that they have never confronted before. They are forced to recognise in themselves urges and instincts they’d learned to despise and assign only to others.
Watch Official Trailer of Force Majeure
This is the 11th time that the Nordic Council Film Prize has been awarded.
Stay tuned when the winner will be announced in Stockholm, Sweden on 29 October, along with the winners of other prizes for literature, music, nature and the environment.