Nordic cinema dominates 20th anni of indie film fest

LONDON — Nordic cinema proved the big winner at the 20th Raindance Film Festival, Blighty’s independent film event.

Finnish thriller “Indebted” took best debut feature and Denmark’s “Ballroom Dancer” nabbed the documentary prize at the awards ceremony on Saturday.

Helmer Martin Jelenko’s “Indebted” is a dark thriller about a girl driven to prostitution by debt. “Ballroom Dancer,” helmed by Christian Bonke and Andreas Koefoed, follows Russian dancer Slavik Kryklyvyy as he comes out of retirement.

Christopher Payne’s “Love Tomorrow,” about the relationship that grows between two dancers who meet by chance in London, was awarded the best U.K. feature prize.

Canadian film “Laurentie,” helmed by Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie, nabbed international feature honors.

The winners were decided by a 12-person jury that included producer and Working Title co-founder Sarah Radclyffe, French actress Agathe Bonitzer and Oli Harbottle, head of distribution for U.K. distrib Dogwoof.

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