At the 47th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Thursday, the International Film Critics Association presented the FIPRESCI Award for Best Nordic Film to Danish Oscar contender Before The Frost (Før frosten), directed by Michael Noer.
As winter approaches in rural 1850s Denmark, Jens (Jesper Christensen) and his family face starvation so Jens agrees to a marriage between his daughter and the son of a neighbouring family. But when a rich farmer offers to buy his land, Jens must decide whether the short-term gain is worth losing his family’s only means of survival.
The jury said in their deliberation: “We found the selection of films this year to be of a very high standard. Our short list contained films which all presented deep ethical and particularly moral challenges.”
“Our final winner was not only a powerful morality play, it was thrillingly told, with excellent craft, and also presented an exotic milieu with a modern urgency. It also features a towering performance for a mature actor.”
The FIPRESCI voting jury consisted of an international panel of film critics: CJ Johnson from Australia, Tadeusz Szczepanski from Poland and Ida Madsen Hestman from Norway.