Danish films shone at this year's Göteborg Film Festival, with two films winning the Dragon Awards for Best Nordic Film and Best Nordic Documentary. In addition, 'Copenhagen does not exist' won in the cinematography category. This is the second year running that Danish productions have taken home the festival's top honors.
The Göteborg Film Festival was a triumph for Malou Reyman's 'Unruly.' The historical drama, based on a true story of a women's institution in 1930s Denmark, won the award for Best Nordic Film, and premiered to great acclaim in the Nordic region. Written by Reyman and Sara Isabella Jønsson, and produced by Nordisk Film, 'Unruly' solidifies Reyman's position as a top talent after her successful debut with 'A Perfectly Normal Family' (2020).
Danish filmmaker Lea Glob's 'Apolonia, Apolonia' was recognized for its excellence at the Göteborg Film Festival, taking home the prize for Best Nordic Documentary. The film, which was shot over a span of 13 years, offers a thought-provoking journey into the minds of three women as they come of age and reconsider their beliefs about sexuality, art, idealism, and love. It received widespread recognition after its world premiere at IDFA Amsterdam, where it won Best Film. Lea Glob graduated from the Documentary programme at the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. 'Apolonia, Apolonia' is produced by Sidsel Lønvig Siersted for Danish Documentary Production."
"Copenhagen does not exist" made its mark by receiving the prestigious Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award. The film's director of photography, Jacob Møller, was recognized for his exceptional work. Møller's recent credits include "Shorta" (2020) and "The Purity of Vengeance" (2018). The recognition at Göteborg Film Festival adds to the celebration of the film's world premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival earlier this week.