Thomas Vinterberg, 41, has won the Nordic Council Film Prize for his film
Submarino, which the awarding committee said was a ‘tough but deeply moving
Submarino, which was released in March this year to the general applause of
critics, tells the story of two brothers – one an alcoholic and the other a
drug addict - and is based on a novel by Jonas T Bengtsson.
“I’m honoured,” said a beaming Vinterberg, adding that the field of good films
from the other Nordic countries was highly qualified. He shares the DKK
350,000 prize with the film’s scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm and Producer
“I perceive the prize to be not only an appreciation of those of us behind
Submarino, but of Danish film altogether,” he said.
In its citation, the awarding jury said the film: “deals with themes such as
trauma, guilt and reconciliation. Submarino is a simple and yet a complex
work of art, with a strong manuscript and a stylish direction. An elegant,
taut and effective dramaturgy, acting presence and an intelligent use of
sound and light contribute to the creation of this insightful image of human
life,” the jury says.
Danish films have received the Nordic Council Film Prize four times since 2005.
The Nordic Council is the parliamentary cooperating body of the Nordic nations
and encompasses Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe
Islands, Greenland and Åland.