At the 44th Göteborg Film Festival on Wednesday, Maja Jul Larsen was named winner of the 5th Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize, also now known as the Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Award, for the intense and emotional drama Cry Wolf (Ulven kommer).
In Cry Wolf, 14-year-old Holly’s family is torn apart when she accuses her stepfather of raping her in a school essay. Dedicated social worker Lars (Bjarne Henriksen) is assigned to the case and, convinced by her story, places Holly and her seven-year-old brother Theo in foster care.
However, when central family members claim that the essay is nothing more than teenage rebellion, Lars’ sense of certainty begins to fray at the edges. Are children always to be trusted? How much emotional turmoil can one family take, and who is really telling the truth?
The jury said in their deliberation: “We looked for a unique story. This one was super smart, super intelligent with complex characters – who seem normal and dysfunctional at the same time. There is no black-and-white in this show. The characters contain both good and evil… We believe them all, but they can’t all be telling the truth.”
“The series pilot tells the story, but leaves you with so much that you want to watch the rest. It questions you as a viewer. What should you believe? You both love and hate each character. We believe them all, but they can’t all be telling the truth. It is complicated but gripping – this is why we have television!”