Nominees For 2018 Nordic Council Film Prize

On Tuesday, the five nominees were announced for the 15th Nordic Council Film Prize, which was won last year by Selma Vilhunen’s debut feature Little Wing (Tyttö Nimeltä Varpu).

The Nordic Council Film Prize aims to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and recognise outstanding artistic initiatives. Its nominees must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, and distinguish themselves by their artistic originality.

The winning entry, to be announced on 30th October 2018 in Oslo, will receive DKK 350,000 to be shared equally between the screenwriter, director and producer, underlining how film as an art form is a collaborative effort.

The nominees for the 2018 Nordic Council Film Prize are…

Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) by Hlynur Pálmason
The film follows two brothers as they work in a limestone factory through a harsh cold winter, during which they are swept into a violent feud that erupts between them and another family. Winner of nine Robert Awards

Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) by Teemu Nikki
A mechanic euthanises sick and old pets as a side job, but his trouble begin when the owner of a dog he was supposed to put down finds out that it is still alive. The only innocent party in the ensuing drama is the dog itself.

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) by Benedikt Erlingsson
Halla is an independent woman who declares war on the local aluminium industry. She resorts to sabotage and is willing to risk everything to protect the Icelandic highlands, until a Ukrainian orphan enters her life.

Thelma by Joachim Trier
Thelma moves away from her religious family to study in Oslo and falls in love with fellow student Anja. She begins to notice a connection to the supernatural, which manifests itself in violent attacks, and then Anja disappears…

Ravens (Korparna) by Jens Assur
A hard-working farmer, despairing of his daily struggle, is determined that his son will take over the farm and continue his legacy. As things unravel, the son watches with horror as his father’s psychotic behaviour escalates.