Press release11.11.2003 On their present round of the festival circuit, the Zentropa produced features "Inheritance" by Per Fly and "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" by Lone Scherfig have brought home a number of awards giving a boost to international sales interest and generating more festival tours. At the prestigious New York festival The Hamptons, late October, "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself" won the Audience Award, while both leading players have been honoured: Shirley Hendersen with Best Actress Award at Bordeaux, and Jamie Sives for Best Actor at Valladolid. In London Wilbur received wide exposure when it was screened at the London Film Festival and given four nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. "Inheritance", revered by Scandinavian critics, was selected for competition in San Sebastian, where it won Best Screenplay Award and at Nordische Filmtage in Lübeck it won the main award accompanied with a cash prize of EURO 12,500 from NDR securing German television distribution. Three other Danish films have been honoured: the Nimbus produced drama "Scratch" by Anders Gustafsson was selected Best Nordic Film at the first Nordic Film Festival in Frederikshavn, after having won the Golden Swan for Best Actress (Stephanie León) at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in August. Nordisk Film's Director's Cut production "Move Me" received Best Actress Award (Birthe Neumann) in Sevilla, and at Madrid's Imagen, Eigil Bryld won the award for Most Innovative Cinematography for Dariusz Steiness' "Charlie Butterfly". Feature films for childrenDanish children's films enjoy ongoing attention in the international arena as awards continue to flow this autumn. Jannik Hastrup's animation epic, "The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear", won two awards at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival in the category Animation Film: the Children's Jury Award 1st Prize and the Adult Jury Award 1st Prize. Nordisk produced "Someone Like Hodder", by Oscar nominated Henrik Ruben Genz, took home the Adult Jury's 1st Prize in the category of Live-Action-Feature. (Genz' film went on to win the Satyajit Ray Award at the London Film Festival a fews days later.) Chicago's 2nd Prize for Live-Action-Feature went to another Danish film, Zentropa's "Wallah Be" by Pia Bovin, which has already scooped up a number of international kudos, among them the Jury Award at CINEKID, Amsterdam in mid-October.
For further information contactDanish Film InstituteInternational Relations ExecutiveLizette Gram, tel + 45 2482 3758, email@example.comInformation DepartmentVicki Synnott, tel +45 3374 3438, firstname.lastname@example.org The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/boywhowanted.htmlCharlie Butterfly http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/charliebutterfly.htmlInheritance http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/inheritance.htmlMove Me http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/moveme.htmlScratch http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/scratch.htmlSomeone Like Hodder http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/someonelikehodder.htmlWallah Be http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/wallahbe.htmlWilbur Wants to Kill Himself http://www.dfi.dk/dfi/english/featurefilms/wilbur.html
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