Magazine article Screen International

Virgin Mountain Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Virgin Mountain Wins Nordic Council Film Prize

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Iceland has claimed the lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize for the second year running, as Dagur Kari's Virgin Mountain (Fusi) captured the award for the best Nordic Film of the Year.

The prize - which comes with $55,000 (DKK 350,000) cash - was announced on Tuesday night at the Nordic Council's annual autumn session, held this year in Reykjavik.

The story is about an obese man living with his mother who breaks out of his shell after he goes to a dance class.

The jury described Virgin Mountain as, "A simple and visually inventive tale about preserving your goodness and innocence in a seemingly impenetrable world. Dagur Kári's artistic ascent of a male virgin mountain results in a deeply moving and captivating film, offering a dignified portrait of its gentle giant of a man, as well as poignant depictions of the women around him. …

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