Vinterberg's gritty urban tale voted region's top film

LONDON — Thomas Vinterberg’s “Submarino” has won the Nordic Council Film Prize, the region’s top film kudo.

The Danish film, a gritty urban tale centering on two brothers struggling with alcohol and drug issues, was penned by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, and produced by Nimbus’ Morten Kaufmann.

Vinterberg is best known for the first film made according to the rules of the Dogma Manifesto, “Festen” (The Celebration), which won the jury prize at Cannes in 1998.

“Submarino,” which is repped in foreign markets by the Match Factory, is his sixth feature. It preemed in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, and won the critics’ prize at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund and the top prize at the Film by the Sea festival in the Netherlands.

It grossed DK2.7 million ($503,000) at the Danish box office.

The Nordic Council Film Prize judges were Danish film academic Anne Jerslev, Finnish editor Johanne Gronqvist and three film critics — Iceland’s Sif Gunnarsdottir, Norway’s Le Ld Nguyen and Sweden’s Eva af Geijerstam.

In a statement, the judges said, “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.”

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