The Nordic Council Film Prize 2016 was awarded to Louder Than Bombs by Joachim Trier during a ceremony at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
In Louder Than Bombs, an upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years.
With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
The adjudication committee wrote in its deliberation: “Louder Than Bombs is a highly distinctive, inventive, and visionary film about a family being torn apart in the years following the death of the mother and wife.”
“Joachim Trier and his team embark on an artistic enterprise that takes storytelling to a new level. Its complexity of structure, its emotional probing, and its ability to dismember clichés should ensure its place in the curriculum of film schools around the world.”