The Winner of the Nordic Film Prize 2011 to be announced Monday!

14-10 2011

Academy Award®-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren will be the Honorary Chairman of the Nordic Council Film Prize Jury 2011 and will announce the winner with her co-jury members at the Award Event in Copenhagen on October 17, 2011. The announcement was made today by Nordisk Film & TV Fond which administers the Nordic Council Film Prize on behalf of the Nordic Council. 

This is the first time an international film personality has been invited to join the jury of the most prestigious film award in the Nordic region.

The five Nordic Council Film Prize 2011 nominees are:

Truth about Men is an affectionate portrait of a generation of men shrinking from big commitments, yet asking the big questions about life and love.
Mads moves into a house with his lovely girlfriend Marie, when a sudden pang of doubt strikes him. Is this the meaning of life? Has he lived out all his dreams? He drops everything, moves away from his girlfriend and throws himself into a desperate quest to live out his greatest dreams; a quest to find the meaning of life and the one and only.
 Director: Nikolaj Arcel / Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg Producers: Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth

After an unlucky and scandalous premiere the actress Leila escapes to the family summerhouse by the lake. The peaceful holiday with her two sons Ilmari and Unto is disrupted when Leila invites some friends over for a rowdy weekend. After the party, Leila asks the charismatic and unpredictable writer Aimo to stay for a few days. But her 19 year-old son Ilmari who has a very close relationship with his mother, at times acting as her personal bodyguard, is hostile to Aimo. Director: Zaida Bergroth / Writers: Jan Forsström, Zaida Bergroth Producers: Elli Toivoniemi, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari

BRIM (UNDERCURRENT) - Iceland (click for trailer)
Undercurrent tells the story of a young woman who is hired as crew member on a fishing vessel, where a tight knit group of men is already in place. Slowly it is revealed that her job was only vacant due to a tragic incident, and her being on board is not going down well with the crew. With conflict happening within the group, as well as with nature, the crew has to stick together and face their destiny in a sea voyage that takes an unexpected turn.  Director: Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson / Writers: Ottó Geir Borg, Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson, Vesturport / Producers: Thor. S. Sigurjónsson, Skúli Fr. Malmquist, Grímar Jónsson, Gísli Örn Gardarsson

OSLO, 31. AUGUST (OSLO, AUGUST 31ST) - Norway (click for trailer)
Anders (34) will soon complete his drug rehabilitation in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into the city for a job interview. But he takes advantage of the leave and stays on in the city, drifting around, meeting people he hasn't seen in a while. Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he has wasted, all the people he has let down. He is still relatively young, but feels his life in many ways is already over. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, the ghosts of past mistakes will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life and the hope to see some future by morning.

Director: Joachim Trier / Writers: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt / Producer: Yngve Sæther, Sigve Endresen, Hans Jørgen Osnes

SVINALÄNGORNA (BEYOND) - Sweden (click for trailer)
One morning just before Christmas, Leena (34) receives a phone call from a hospital in her childhood town where she grew up. She learns that her mother is dying. This news takes the young woman on a journey to face her mother for the first time in her adult life. Leena has fought hard to let go of her grief over her lost and dark childhood.  She is now forced to deal with her past to be able to move on.
Director: Pernilla August / Writers: Pernilla August, Lolita Ray / Producers: Helena Danielsson, Ralf Karlsson 


The five national titles are selected by a jury consisting of two people in each of the five Nordic countries. Now that the five candidates have been chosen, a joint Nordic jury will convene to vote and select this year’s prize winner. This year’s Nordic Adjudication Committee consists of film critic Per Juul Carlsen (DK), communication manager Outi Heiskanen (FI), CEO Sif Gunarsdottir (IS), editor Silje Riise Næss (N) and film critic Fredrik Sahlin (S).

The Nordic Council Film Prize 2011 consists of DKK350,000 will be announced Monday October 17th and will be presented with the prize at the Nordic Council’s Session in Copenhagen Tuesday 2 November.

Motivations, production notes, pictures and generel information on The Nordic Council Film Prize can be found @