Who We Were wins at IDFA

AWARD. Director Sine Skibsholt was honoured with the First Appearance award for her documentary "Who We Were" at Wednesday's IDFA prize fest in Amsterdam. The film stood out for its "power in conveying a deeply moving and intimate story," the jury said.

Dem vi var_450

AWARD WINNER. Sine Skibsholt's "Who We Were," about a couple coming to grips with a life-changing event, won the best debut film award at IDFA. Photo: Helle Moos

While the festival continues until Sunday, the awards ceremony of the IDFA doc fest took place Wednesday in Amsterdam's elegant Stadsschouwburg theatre. On stage as one of the prize winners was Sine Skibsholt, who took home the award for First Appearance for "Who We Were," a film following a couple during the first year after the husband's near-fatal stroke.

"We encourage filmmakers to tackle the most pressing issues our world is facing. But cinema is also a visual art form," said the jury.

"['Who We Were'] stood out for its sheer discipline in form and structure, and power in conveying a deeply moving and intimate story. Its unflinching gaze brings us deep inside a family forever changed by one moment, teaching us about both our strength and our essential frailty."

Sine-Skibsholt-IDFA2016_450
Sine Skibsholt receiving the award on Wednesday. Photo: DFI

Stirring a debate in Denmark

"Who We Were" is the story of Kristian and Mette Line Boserup who have been together for 12 years. They have two children, and a few years ago they bought their dream house. One day Kristian suffers a stroke, which destroys one third of his brain. The damage is irreversible, and life as they knew it is gone forever.

"Who We Were" was released in Denmark earlier in the year, and soon after the premiere a debate was raging on Facebook and the press about themes of love and loyalty in the face of such adversity. Read more in our interview Intimate Encounter.

"Their story has affected many people," the director said after receiving the award in Amsterdam. "The two protagonists Mette Line and Kristian have very much let the audience into their lives, ultimately to be something for others, and I have tremendous respect for that." 

"Who We Were" is produced by Helle Faber for Made in Copenhagen with support from the Danish Film Institute.


More IDFA

The winner of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary is Zaradasht Ahmed for "Nowhere to Hide" (Norway/Sweden). The festival runs until Sunday 27 November. Learn more about the IDFA winner at idfa.nl.

Visit our festival site dfi.dk/idfa for more information on Danish films at IDFA.

Overview of Danish IDFA winners over the years

News from dfi.dk

/ IDFA 2016

Who We Were wins at IDFA

Who We Were wins at IDFA

24 November 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman AWARD. Director Sine Skibsholt was honoured with the First Appearance award for her documentary Who We Were at Wednesday's IDFA prize fest in Amsterdam. The...
What's pitching at IDFA 2016

What's pitching at IDFA 2016

10 November 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman IDFA FORUM. The pitching venue of the big doc fest in Amsterdam is the place to be for filmmakers and funders with a keen eye on creative documentary. Introd...
Slow is Beautiful

Slow is Beautiful

9 November 2016 | By Jonas Varsted Kirkegaard INTERVIEW. The essence is right there on the surface of Sebastian Cordes's A Place Called Lloyd, an unconventionally told, meditative documentary celeb...
The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom

The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom

9 November 2016 | By Demetrios Matheou INTERVIEW. David Borenstein’s Danish-produced documentary Dream Empire maps China's red-hot real estate market through a youthful entrepreneur, Yana, who help...
Women's Voices on Sexuality

Women's Voices on Sexuality

9 November 2016 | By Dorte Hygum Sørensen INTERVIEW. What started as screen tests for a narrative film about female desire ended up as the essence of Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen's Venus, a...
Intimate Encounter

Intimate Encounter

9 November 2016 | By Helene Navne INTERVIEW. What creates our identity? Sine Skibsholt looks at that question in her documentary Who We Were, closely following a married couple, Mette Line and Kris...
Co-Produce with People You Like

Co-Produce with People You Like

8 November 2016 | By Freja Dam BACKGROUND. Danish documentary filmmakers have greatly expanded their networks in recent years. International partners especially appreciate the Danish knack for maki...
Living in Limbo

Living in Limbo

7 November 2016 | By Jonas Varsted Kirkegaard INTERVIEW. An Afghan girl, Rokhsar, and her family have been waiting for years to have their fates decided by the Danish asylum authorities. Emil Langb...
Daring Dreams and Fraught Friendship

Daring Dreams and Fraught Friendship

7 November 2016 | By Dorte Hygum Sørensen INTERVIEW. With a starry-eyed dream of being the first amateurs to fly into space, two Danes enthusiastically start building a rocket. But over time, their...
Amateurs in Space, Venus and more to IDFA

Amateurs in Space, Venus and more to IDFA

10 October 2016 | By Annemarie Hørsman IDFA. Max Kestner's Amateurs in Space is selected for the feature-length competition at the big doc fest in Amsterdam, which also has its eye on a new Danish...

Factbox

Det Danske Filminstitut

Danish Film Institute /
Det Danske Filminstitut

EAN-nr: 5798000794085
CVR-nr: 56858318

Gothersgade 55
1123 København K

Tel. +45 3374 3400
Fax +45 3374 3401
E-mail: dfi@dfi.dk

Tickets
TEL. +45 3374 3412