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 (En man som heter Ove) almost won an ‘Oscar’ for Best Foreign Language Film, and Finland celebrated its hundredth anniversary of its independence with a no-expense-spared war movie…

Alexander Brett

Best Norwegian Film (co-production with Ireland)

The King’s Choice (Kongens nei)

Director: Erik Poppe

As the Nazis roll into Oslo, Norwegian King Haakon VII faces an unparalleled dilemma: to give his country up, or keep fighting for as long as possible.

Best Danish Film (co-production with Germany)

Land of Mine (Under sandet)

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Inspired by real events, the film follows Nazi prisoners of war sent to clear landmines along the Danish coast.

Best Swedish Film

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Director: Hannes Holm

Rolf Lassgård plays Ove, a grumpy pensioner determined to commit suicide after the death of his wife. When a new family moves into the street he controls so pedantically, Ove, through them, rediscovers compassion and reconsiders.

Best Finnish Film

The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon sotilas / Okänd soldat)

Director: Aku Louhimies

Previously a novel, The Unknown Soldier is based on the author, Väinö Linna’s, experiences in the Finnish army fighting the Soviets.

Best Icelandic Film

Under the Tree (Undir trénu)

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

A feud between two neighbours turns un-expectantly violent and out of control.

Best Nordic Film

A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove)

Country: Sweden

Director: Hannes Holm


Best Series

Below the Surface (Gidseltagningen)

Country: Denmark

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

Fifteen people travelling on the Copenhagen Metro are taken hostage, evoking a national crisis. A taskforce, hastily arranged, is headed by Louise Falck and Philip Norgaard and assisted by reporter Naja Toft, who acts as a go-between.

Best Documentary

Out of Thin Air

Country: Iceland (in collaboration with the United Kingdom)

Director: Dylan Howitt

Following a double murder in 1974, succeeded by an investigation that rocked Iceland’s close-knit society to its core, eventually leading to one of the most shocking miscarriages of justice Europe has ever seen.

Best Actress

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Film: Three Things (Tre ting)


Best Actor

Rolf Lassgård

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


Best Director

Charlotte Sieling

Film: The Man (Mesteren)



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