Aki Kaurismäki Awarded The Silver Bear In Berlin

During a ceremony on Saturday night, Aki Kaurismäki was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival for The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen). In The Other Side Of Hope, Syrian refugee Khaled stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a travelling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys himself a restaurant with the proceeds. When the authorities turn down his application for asylum, Khaled is forced underground

Trine Dyrholm Extends Record At Robert Awards

During an awards ceremony on Sunday at the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Centre in Copenhagen, The Danish Film Academy announced the winners for this year’s Robert Prisen. Sofie Gråbøl and Lars Mikkelsen both received Supporting Actor honours for their roles in Best Film winner The Day Will Come, inspired by alleged events at Copenhagen's Godhavn orphanage in the 1960s. Gråbøl's tally of Robert awards now stands at seven, which puts her in second place behind Trine Dyrholm who extended her collection to

Sámi Blood Takes Dragon Award At Göteborg 2017

On Saturday, the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival was presented to director Amanda Kernell for Sami Blood (Sameblod). It also received the Sven Nykvist Prize, which went to cinematographer Sophia Olsson. Sámi Blood tells the story of Sámi teenager Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok) who decides to break all ties with her family and culture to seek a new life in Uppsala. The jury said in their deliberation: "The main character's journey, the difficult choices

The Nile Hilton Incident Honoured At Sundance

On Saturday, Tarik Saleh’s (Tommy) third feature, The Nile Hilton Incident, was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic) at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Set in Cairo, just weeks before the 2011 uprising, The Nile Hilton Incident follows corrupt detective Noredin Mustafa (Fares Fares) who is handed the case of a murdered singer. While searching for the only witness, an undocumented Sudanese maid, he’s abruptly ordered to close the case. But Noredin continues, and the investigation leads to an untouchable

Denmark & Sweden Receive Oscar Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Denmark's Land Of Mine and Sweden's A Man Called Ove have been formally nominated in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Oscars. Denmark will be represented for the fifth time in seven years at the Oscars by Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under sandet). The film is set in the aftermath of Germany's surrender in May 1945 when German prisoners of war were sent out to