Six outstanding films nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize 2023

22. August 2023
Six outstanding films nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize 2023

For the first time ever, a Greenlandic film stands among the Nordic films that have left a significant impression or mark on the global film festival circuit this year. It has been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize among five others.

Behind these six remarkable titles contending for the coveted Nordic Council Film Prize 2023, as announced by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, are several well-known directors and producers.

This esteemed accolade, initially awarded to Aki Kaurismäki’s Finnish masterpiece The Man Without A Past in 2002, was solidified in 2005 and has been presented annually since. Over the past two decades, luminaries like Roy Andersson, Josef Fares, Pernilla August, Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Ruben Östlund, Benedikt Erlingsson, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, and Joachim Trier, among others, have stood as recipients.


The nominees for the year 2023 are as follows:

  • Denmark:
     – Directed by Frederikke Aspöck, written by Anna Neye and Frederikke Aspöck and produced by Pernille Munk Skydsgaard, Nina Leidersdorff and Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen for Meta Film.
  • Finland:
    – Directed by Aleksi Salmenperä , written by Reeta Ruotsalainen and Aleksi Salmenperä, produced by Minna Haapkylä for Rabbit Films
  • Greenland:
    The Edge of the Shadows – Directed and written by Malik Kleist, produced by Nina Paninnguaq Skydsbjerg for PaniNoir / Imalik Film.
  • Iceland:
    Driving Mum – Directed and written by Hilmar Oddsson, produced by Hlín Jóhannesdóttir for Ursus Parvus.
  • Norway:
    War Sailor 
    – Directed and written by Gunnar Vikene, produced by Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film.
  • Sweden:
     – Directed and written by Milad Alami, produced by Annika Rogell for Tangy.

The six films, one representing each of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) will be presented on Tuesday night on stage at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund, in a special tribute to Nordic films.

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