Danish Oscar submission Another Round (Druk), directed by Thomas Vinterberg, was named Best Film and dominated the 33rd European Film Awards last night during a virtual ceremony presented from Berlin.
Another Round follows four high school teachers (Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe) who test a theory that they would work and live better by maintaining a constant level of alcohol in their blood. Their initial results are positive with classes and results improving, but as they continue the experiment the results become more extreme.
In addition to Best Film, Another Round also picked up Best Director for Thomas Vinterberg, Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen, and Best Screenwriter for Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm.
Thomas Vinterberg said: “In a time of confinement, death and economic crisis, our attempt at making an uplifting and life affirming film about love and friendship has settled in with the public in the best way imaginable. A film in which people insist on community and a search for the unreasonable, was apparently what was needed… But our fictive story is one thing – now my fingers are crossed for the real world.”
He also dedicated his win to 19-year-old daughter Ida, who died in a car accident shortly after filming began: “She was supposed to act in it, it was made at her school, amongst her friends in her classroom and the only thing that made sense when she died was to carry on and make this movie for her. It’s made by all of us who love her and miss her dearly, and your votes and your award will honour her memory.”