Magazine article Screen International

Sundance Hit 'Queen of Hearts' Wins World's Most Lucrative Film Prize in Goteborg

Magazine article Screen International

Sundance Hit 'Queen of Hearts' Wins World's Most Lucrative Film Prize in Goteborg

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Other winners include Transnistra, Lucky One, Season

May el-Toukhy’s Danish drama Queen Of Hearts has won Goteborg’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

The cash award of $110,000 (1m SEK) makes it the world’s most lucrative film prize. The prize is financed by Presenting partner Volvo Car Group alongsie Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg.

The jury included directors Adina Pintilie, Jyoti Mistry and Dominga Sotomayor, author Hanne-Vibeke Holst and Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound.

They said Queen Of Hearts “is a many-layered film that challenges our preconceptions about the moral ad sexual forces at play within a seemingly normal well off family. It portrays the sexuality and desires of that neglected subject of cinema, a middle-aged woman, with immense sensitivity. It takes us down the rabbit hole of our hidden human needs and reveals its characters in all their rich and dark complexity.”

Trine Dyrholm stars as a woman who embarks on a dangerous affair with her stepson (played by Sweden’s Gustav Lindh). Queen Of Hearts won the audience prize (world cinema dramatic) at Sundance and also screened at Rotterdam before making its Nordic premiere in Goteborg.

Dyrholm also won Goteborg’s new gender-neutral prize for best acting. The jury said she “gives a powerful performance of astonishing versatility and craft playing a character used to the moral high ground, but who is not the paragon of virtue everyone believes her to be. …

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