Magazine article Screen International

Beyond in Contention for Nordic Council Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Beyond in Contention for Nordic Council Film Prize

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Swedish actress award-winning actress Pernilla August's feature directorial debut, Beyond (Svinalängorna), which has already scooped top prizes in Venice, Lübeck and Sao Paolo, is among five nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize, announced on Tuesday (23) by the Norwegian International Film Festival.

August has already earned a best director Guldbagge - Sweden's national film prize - for Beyond (pictured), which stars Millennium actress Noomi Rapace as a refugee in 1970s Sweden and is based on Susanne Alakoski's novel. The Helena Danielsson-Ralf Karlsson production for Heppfilm Cinema-Drakfilm reached 100,000 admissions domestically.

The other contestants for Scandinavia's largest film award, which comes with a $67,000 (DKK 350,000) cheque, are Nikolaj Arcel's The Truth About Men (Sandheden Om Mænd, from Denmark); Zaida Bergroth's The Good Son (Hyvä Poika, from Finland); Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson's Undercurrent (Brim, from Iceland); and Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. August, from Norway).

The chairmen of the five national juries which have selected the candidates will choose the winner during October. The writer, director and producer of the winning film will receive a prize at the Nordic Council's Copenhagen session on Nov 2. …

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