Sweden wins Nordic Council Film Prize

23-10 2011

From 'Beyond'


The Swedish film SVINALÄNGORNA (BEYOND) is the best Nordic film in 2011. The film's director and co-writer, Pernilla August and co-writer Lolita Ray received the Nordic Council Film Prize award Monday 17th.

The Adjudication Committee, consisting of film experts from the five Nordic countries and Helen Mirren, give the following reason for their choice of this year's winner:

"SVINALÄNGORNA (BEYOND) is a hard-hitting and complex drama, raw and delicate at the same time; dark, yet filled with the light of life. Pernilla August, and her team, show a remarkable eye for details and nuances and a talent for making the difficult look easy.The acting is extraordinary and - not to forget - BEYOND is something seldom seen: a very personal and original adaptation of a bestselling novel."

Based upon the acclaimed novel by Susanna Alakoski, BEYOND premiered in Sweden in December last year and fetched Pernilla August the critic award at the Film festival in Venice 2010.
Since then there have been several awards at festivals worldwide. In Sweden the film won three coveted Guldbagge prizes and most recently the film was entered as Sweden's Oscar nomination in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

The prize, worth DKK 350,000, will be divided equally between the film's director, scriptwriter and producer, which underlines that film as an art form is the result of close co-operation between these three main functions.