Gustav Möller’s debut feature The Guilty (Den Skyldige), which represents Denmark in consideration for an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards, has been presented with the Nordisk Film Prize at the Isbjørnen Awards, a gala ceremony hosted by Nicolaj Kopernikus at the Nordisk Film Studios in Valby.
The Nordisk Film Prize is given to a new Danish talent who has made extraordinary efforts either behind or in front of the camera, and serves as an inspiration for others. Other directors to have received this honour include Lars von Trier, May el-Toukhy and Fenar Ahmad.
The jury said: “Gustav Möller shows… a clear and remarkable talent for cinematic storytelling, a sensational sense of genre and intricate character direction… A nerve-racking hostage drama unfolds in such an outstanding and original way that it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. An extremely strong and stylish debut full of tension.”
Meanwhile, in tribute to one of Denmark’s most popular actors, the Ove Sprogøe Prize was presented to rising star Katrine Greis-Rosenthal (Lykke-Per) as an actor who has achieved something notable in the preceding year, whether it be on television, film or in theatres.
Finally, the Erik Balling Award, which goes to someone who has created a work that has particularly caught the public’s attention and interest, was presented to Ditte Hansen and Louise Mieritz who took a comedic swipe at sexism in the media with their feature Ditte & Louise.