Magazine article Screen International

'Land of Mine' Wins in Goteborg

Magazine article Screen International

'Land of Mine' Wins in Goteborg

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Danish director Martin Zandvliet's Land Of Mine continued its hot streak by winning one of the world's most lucrative film festival prizes, Goteborg's Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

The prize comes with $118,000 (SEK 1m), financed by Volvo Car Group, Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg.

Zandvliet and producer Mikael Rieks, who had a day earlier won Rotterdam's audience award, were on hand to collect the honour on Saturday night in Goteborg.

Zandvliet said the prize was "the one you really want to win" and said such an award enabled "creative freedom."

Rieks commented that the attention for the film also helped audiences learn about the subject matter, based on the true story of German teenagers forced to clear landmines in Denmark after World War II.

"The subject matter of this movie is very important. It's getting people to discuss how we treat each other." He added that 10,000 people are still killed by landmines every year.

The jury, headed by Laurie Anderson, said in its motivation statement that Land Of Mine "shows the tragic cycles of war, when the winners adopt the brutal techniques of the losers. A very intense, suspenseful and beautiful film, which depicts the exploitation of children swept into war and that uncovers new facts about postwar Denmark."

The Dragon Award for best documentary - and its $12,000 (SEK 100,000) prize - went to Jerzy Sladkowski for his film Don Juan, about a 22-year-old slacker living with his mother in Russia. The jury said: "The award goes to a captivating story with an unforgettable main character. It is sharp and confident. Modern and at the same time grounded in a classical documentary tradition."

Sladkowski stated: "I am really moved. I had a great meeting with the audience here in Goteborg, it was an unforgettable experience."

A documentary honorary mention went to the "brave artistic choices" in Maria Back's I Remember When I Die.

The Ingmar Bergman award for best international debut went to Lost And Beautiful by Italy's Pietro Marcello, praised for its "stunning elegiac vision, its generosity of spirit, reigniting our faith in humanity during cynical times, and for its meaningful update of cinema."

The Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award went to Petrus Sjövik for The Model, which the jury said was a film that "radically reverses the roles of model and photographer. Without using the seductive visual language of the French fashion scene, the cinematography persistently presents an everyday life."

The Lorens Award went to Emma Akesdotter Ronge for producing Goteborg's opening film (and Berlinale Forum selection) The Yard (Yarden). …

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