Magazine article Screen International

'Heartstone' Wins at Nordic Film Days

Magazine article Screen International

'Heartstone' Wins at Nordic Film Days

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Lübeck's 58th Nordic Film Days (Nov 2-6) has become the latest successful stop for Icelandic filmmaker Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson's Heartstone after premiering in the Venice Days in September and picking up three awards at Warsaw Film Festival last month.

Gudmundsson's debut was awarded the euro12,500 NDR Film Prize by a jury including Swedish actress Inger Nilsson (who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the classic children's films when she was nine years old), Munich-based producer Jörg Bundschuh (The Fencer) and film director Marc Brummund (Sanctuary), for a "feature film of special artistic quality".

The intensely moving coming of age tale, which takes place over one summer at a remote fishing village in Iceland, is being handled by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique.

THREE NODS FOR NORWAY

Elsewhere, Norwegian filmmakers took home three awards from the largest Nordic film festival outside of the Nordic countries.

Hanne Larsen's feature debut, Gilbert's Grim Revenge, won the euro5,000 Children's Jury Prize as well as a special mention from the Children's and Youth Film Jury, while George Kurian's The Crossing about Syrian refugees making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean received the euro2,500 Documentary Film Prize from the Lübeck Trade Unions.

Sara Johnsen's Framing Mom (Rosemari), which had opened this year's edition of the Nordic Film Days on November 2, was presented with the euro2,500 Interfilm Church Film Prize. Accepting the award on Johnsen's behalf, producer Turid Oversveen made a special mention of Germany's Michael Weber of The Match Factory who served as both co-producer and sales agent on the comedy.

In addition, the documentary jury gave an Honourable Mention to Anne Magnussen's animated documentary The Man Who Knew 75 Languages, which had its world premiere in Lübeck.

Other awards included the Baltic Film Prize for Finland's Oscar entry The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, the Children's And Youth Film Prize for Renars Vimba's Mellow Mud, and the Audience Award for Jesper W. Nielsen's The Day Will Come.

INNOVATIONS AND MEETINGS

Innovations at this year's edition included a fulldome cinema presenting a selection of 360 degree films, as well as a section dedicated to high-end TV series including episodes of Baltasar Kormakur's Trapped, Mans Marlind and Björn Stein's Midnight Sun, and Anders Hazelius' eight-part series #Hashtag.

At the parallel Lübeck Meetings industry programme, Maria Köpf, CEO of Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Film Fund, spoke to producers from the Nordic countries about her desire to intensify collaboration and co-production between the North German fund and neighbours to the north. …

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