Danish documentaries honoured at Cinema Eye Awards

Pernille Rose Grønkjær's "The Monastery" and Asger Leth's "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" were among yesterday's prizewinners at the Cinema Eye Awards ceremony held at the IFC Center in New York.
"The Monastery" won in the category "outstanding international feature", while "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" and the film's producers received the award for most "outstanding achievement in production".
Earlier this year, the dramatic account in "Ghosts of Cité Soleil" of two brothers' struggle in the mayhem of Haïti's notorious slums also caught the attention of the DGA Awards' jury, honouring it as best documentary. "The Monastery", a sensitive rendering of the ageing Mr. Vig's efforts to make a monastery out of an old worn-down castle, won the prestigious Joris Ivens prize at IDFA in 2006.
Award to the short fiction "Sophie" in LondonYet another award to Danish film was presented on Friday, as Birgitte Stærmose's "Sophie" was honoured as best short at the Birds Eye View festival, held 6-14 March in London. The festival programme celebrates women filmmakers around the world in both feature films and short & documentaries.
"Sophie" is produced under the Danish talent subsidy scheme New Danish Screen and stars Trine Dyrholm as the pregnant wife who, on her way to the cinema with her husband, asks him a quite unexpected question.
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Festival websitesCinema Eye HonorsBirds Eye ViewDFI FactsheetsThe Monastery Ghosts of Cité SoleilSophieDanish Film InstituteAnne Marie Kürstein, +45 4041 4697, kurstein@dfi.dk