Culture / Editor's Own

2017 On Screen

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It’s been another strong year for Nordic film and television: the Swedish film A Man Called Ove almost won an ‘Oscar’ for Best Foreign Language Film, and Finland celebrated the 100th anniversary of its independence with a no-expense-spared war movie…

Best Norwegian Film (co-production with Ireland)

The King’s Choice (Kongens nei)

Director: Erik Poppe

Synopsis: As the Nazis roll into Oslo, King Haakon VII faces a dilemma of unparalleled proportions: whether to give his country up to the invading forces or keep fighting for as long as possible.

Best Danish Film (co-production with Germany)

Land of Mine (Under sandet)

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Synopsis: Thousands of German prisoners of war were sent to clear landmines along the Danish coastline at the end of the Second World War. The film chronicles a complex relationship between one another and their Danish masters.

Best Swedish Film

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Director: Hannes Holm

Synopsis: Rolf Lassgård superbly plays Ove, a grumpy Swede determined to commit suicide following the death of his wife, Sonja. But when a new family moves into the street he controls so pedantically, Ove discovers compassion once more and reconsiders.

Best Finnish Film

The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas)

Director: Aku Luhuimus

Synopsis: Following Väinö Limäa (the author of the novel on which the film is based), The Unknown Soldier is based on Linna’s own experiences and tells the story of a group of soldiers fighting the Soviet army during the so-called “Continuation War” of 1941-44.

Best Icelandic Film

Under the Tree (Undir trénu)

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Synopsis: After Edwin and Baldwin inform their neighbours that a tree in their backyard is shading their sundeck, a feud between two families turns unexpectently out of control.

Best Series

Below the Surface (Gidseltagningen)

Country: Denmark

Creator: Kasper Barfoed (based on an idea by Adam Price and Søren Sveistrup)

Synopsis: Fifteen members of the public travelling on the Copenhagen Metro system are taken hostage, leading to a national crisis. A taskforce, headed by detectives Louise Falck and Philip Norgaard, are assisted by reporter Naja Toft, who acts as a go-between.

Best Documentary

Out of Thin Air

Country: Iceland (co-production with Great Britain)

Director: Dylan Howitt

Synopsis: Following the double murder of two men in 1974 and an investigation that rocked the foundations of Icelandic society, eventually leading to one of the most shocking miscarriages of justice Europe has ever seen.

Best Actress

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Nationality: Danish

Film: Three Things (Tre ting)


Best Actor

Rolf Lassgård

Nationality: Swedish

Film: A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)


Best Director

Charlotte Sieling

Nationality: Danish

Film: The Man (Mesteren)


Best Nordic Film

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Country: Sweden

Director: Hannes Holm



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