Danish director Thomas Vinterberg had a rewarding weekend - at the closing ceremony of the 54th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, on November 3, he collected three prizes for his new feature The Hunt, having just been nominated for the European Film Award in five categories.
At the largest showcase of Nordic films outside Scandinavia, The Hunt shared the NDR Prize (and €12,500) for Best Film with Swedish director Gabriela Pichler's Eat Sleep Die, adding the Audience Award and the Baltic Film Prize. "It mesmerises its audience as it recounts the panic-fuelled reactions of a small-town community, resulting in the near devastation of a man's life," the jury declared.
The story of the kindergarten teacher who struggles to preserve his reputation after being falsely accused of child abuse, also took three honours in Cannes, including Best Actor (Mads Mikkelsen). The film will be premiered in Denmark on January 10*.
Screening 149 Nordic, Baltic and North German films in seven sections, the festival gave both prizes for Best Film for Children and Youth Audiences - from the professional jury and the children's jury - to Danish director Morten Køhlert's The Secret.
FULL LIST OF AWARDS: The NDR Prize for Best Film: Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt, Swedish director Gabriela Pichler's Eat Sleep Die
The Audience Prize: The Hunt
The Baltic Film Prize: The Hunt
The Ecumenical Prize: Finnish director Aki Louhimies' Naked Harbour
Best Documentary: Finnish director Katja Gauriloff's Canned Dreams
Best Film for Children and Youth Audiences: Danish director Morten Køhlert's The Secret
The Prize of the Children's Jury: The Secret
The CineStar Award: German director Barbara Dévény's Get Up and Go
*The Hunt is set for an Australian release through Madman Films in 2013.
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