Nominees For 2019 Nordic Council Film Prize

On Tuesday, five nominees were announced for the 16th Nordic Council Film Prize, which Iceland won last year with Woman At War directed by Benedikt Erlingsson.

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 29th October 2019 in Stockholm, 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 2019 Nordic Council Film Prize are…

Queen Of Hearts (Dronningen) by May el-Toukhy
Anne, a brilliant lawyer (Trine Dyrholm), lives an idyllic life with her husband and twin daughters. But when her estranged teenage stepson moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which unleashes a series of events that destroy her world.

Aurora by Miia Tervo
Commitment-phobic party animal, Aurora, meets Iranian Darian who needs to marry to gain asylum for himself and his daughter. Aurora introduces Darian to several women, but as the two of them grow closer they must decide whether to pretend to be happy or finally stop running.

A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur) by Hlynur Pálmason
In this story of mourning, revenge and unconditional love, an off-duty police chief (Ingvar Sigurdsson) in a remote Icelandic town suspects a local man of having had an affair with his wife who died in a tragic accident. But his search for the truth turns into an obsession and inevitably leads to danger for both himself and his loved ones.

Blind Spot (Blindsone) by Tuva Novotny
For 98 intense minutes, shot in a single take, Blind Spot follow a mother’s (Pia Tjelta) struggle to understand her daughter mental health crisis and how it affects the entire family.

Reconstructing Utøya (Rekonstruktion Utøya) by Carl Javér
A documentary that examines how Utøya became a beacon of hope for the Norwegian people after almost 500 teens grieved the tragic loss of 69 of their friends.