Six Nordic films have been nominated for the 2023 Nordic Council Film Prize and, for the first time in the prize’s history, a Greenlandic film has been nominated.
Since 2002, the Nordic Council Film Prize has been awarded to a full-length feature film that has roots in Nordic culture and displays high standards of artistic quality.
The Finnish jury nominated Bubble (Kupla), directed by Aleksi Salmenperä, written by Reeta Ruotsalainen and Salmperä, and produced by Minna Haapkylä for Rabbit Films. The jury wrote:
“Bubble is an exceptionally confident, clever, and humorous film about family secrets and growing up into adulthood. Warmth builds out of winter gloom and children become tutors for their parents. The script, written by Reeta Ruotsalainen and director Aleksi Salmenperä, incorporates two generational perspectives, and the film’s understanding of small-town, everyday life in Finland today is fresh, modern, and sharp.”
The Finnish jury members were Kaisu Isto, Kalle Kinnunen and Mikaela Westerlund.
Here are all the nominees for the 2023 Nordic Council Film Prize:
- Denmark: Empire – director Frederikke Aspöck, screenwriters Anna Neye and Frederikke Aspöck, production Pernille Munk Skydsgaard, Nina Leidersdorff and Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen / Meta Film
- Finland: Bubble – director Aleksi Salmenperä, screenwriters Reeta Ruotsalainen and Aleksi Salmenperä, production Minna Haapkylä / Rabbit Films
- Greenland: The Edge of the Shadows – director and screenwriter Malik Kleist, production Nina Paninnguaq Skydsbjerg / PaniNoir / Imalik Film
- Iceland: Driving Mum – director and screenwriter Hilmar Oddsson, production Hlín Jóhannesdóttir / Ursus Parvus
- Norway: War Sailor – director and screenwriter Gunnar Vikene, production Maria Ekerhovd / Mer Film
- Sweden: Opponent – director and screenwriter Milad Alami, production Annika Rogell / Tangy
In Finland, the nominated films will be screened during the 36th Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy in September. The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony in Oslo on 31 October.