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The Best of Nordic Film and Television in 2017

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It’s been another strong year for Nordic film and television; “Nordic Noir” continues to be irresistible for Brits, 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 film. Alexander Brett picks his favourite films, series and documentaries of the year.


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: Following German prisoners of war sent to clear landmines along the Danish coastline at the end of the Second World War, chronicling their relationship with 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 old Swede determined to commit suicide after 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 unexpectantly turns violent and out of control.


Best Series


Below the Surface (Gidseltagningen)

Country: Denmark

Creator: Kasper Barfoed (based on an idea of 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 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 Iceland’s police force and close-knit 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)

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Best Actor


Rolf Lassgård

Nationality: Swedish

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

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Best Director


Charlotte Sieling

Nationality: Danish

Film: The Man (Mesteren)

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Best Nordic Film


A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Country: Sweden

Director: Hannes Holm

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