Danes sweep up Rome's plaudits

AWARDS. Susanne Bier's 'In a Better World' swept up top awards at Rome's international film festival, while upcoming Danish director Kaspar Munk was applauded with the talent award for his youth film 'Hold Me Tight'.

Susanne Bier's 'In a Better World' received two awards at the International Rome Festival Friday 5 November:  

  • Marc'Aurelio Grand Jury Award for Best Film
  • Marc'Aurelio Audience Award for Best Film

On the same day Susanne Bier received the Erik Balling Travel Award from Nordisk Film Foundation. In his motivation, jury chair, producer Thomas Heinesen said Susanne Bier, like no other director could tell stories that successfully blended into a higher order the ingredients of emotional authenticity, credible character portrayal, excitement, and humour. "She knows how to convey emotions and moods like no other, and at the same time she understands the enjoyment of speaking to a large audience," added Heinesen.

'In a Better World' is the Danish entry running for an Oscar nomination. Read press release Bier is Danish Oscar nominee.

Kaspar Munk wins talent award

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'Hold Me Tight', which opened to warm reviews, is Kaspar Munk's feature film debut. The film tells a heart-wrenching story about peer pressure and mobbing with sober mindedness and composure. 

Kaspar Munk received Rome film festival's

  • Marc'Aurelio Award for Emerging New Talents

Like the reception in Rome, 'Hold Me Tight' recently played to an enthusiastic but profoundly moved audience at Mumbai film festival.