Irish director Aisling Walsh’s “Song for a Raggy Boy,” based on Patrick Galvin’s novel about a man’s fight against the fascist regime of a boarding school in 1939, bagged the Golden Swan at the first Copenhagen Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Wednesday.
At the closing ceremony in Copenhagen’s Imperial Theatre, Norwegian director Bent Hamer director honors for his “Kitchen Stories,” shown in Directors Fortnight at Cannes.
Norwegian actor Kristoffer Joner won for actor for his turn in “Falling Sky” and Danish actress Stephanie Leon won for actress for her role in “Scratch.”
Best original screenplay went to Spanish director David Trueba for “Soldiers of Salamina”; Danish director Torben Skjødt Jensen’s “The Tenth Muse” earned Harald Paalgard prize for cinematography.
The special jury prize went to Sylvian Chomet’s animated “Belleville Rendez-Vous.”
Danish director Gabriel Axel (“Babette’s Feast) and actress Vera Gebuhr both received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
However, the event only attracted 16,000 admissions — less than half of Copenhagen’s Night Film Festival.