Swedish sports drama Tigers, the story of teenage football star Martin Bengtsson, was named the winner of the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at the 2021 Gothenburg Film Festival, Scandinavia’s biggest cinematic event. The festival took place practically this year due to the pandemic.
The Tigers The film was based on Bengtsson’s autobiography, in which he described his experiences with Italy’s top football team, Inter Milan. The screenplay was by Ronnie Sandahl, best known for the 2017 Janus Metz tennis biopic, Borg vs. McEnroe.
The Dragon Prize comes with a cash prize of $ 478,000 (SEK 400,000). Erik Enge, who plays Bengtsson in the film, was named Gothenburg Best Actor.
“Many films in this year’s Nordic competition had characters who wanted to be the best versions of themselves while battling the pressure of success,” a statement from the Gothenburg jury said. “The winning film gives a rare glimpse into a world that many want to enter, but only a few will be admitted. We chose to reward the film that made us feel and take root in the main character in every situation, whether it was to pursue his dream or to give it up in order to survive and become happy.
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Gothenburg’s Dragon Audience Award for Best Nordic Film went to Danish Drama Another round by Thomas Vinterberg. The feature film, starring Mads Mikkelsen, recently won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. It is also nominated for the 2021 Danish Oscars in the category of best international feature film.
The drama of the Bosnian genocide by Jasmila Zbanic Quo Vadis, Aida? won the Dragon Award for Best International Film, which comes with a prize of $ 60,000 (SEK 50,000). The feature film tells the story of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 through the eyes of a courageous UN interpreter. He is also an international Oscar nominee.
The documentary Jonas Poher Rasmussen To run away, which combines animation and news footage to tell the story of an Afghan refugee’s traumatic trip to Denmark, won the award for best Nordic documentary. The prize includes a sum of $ 300,000 (250,000 SEK) in cash. To run away premiered on the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival, with Neon securing the North American rights to the film under a seven-figure deal.
Pleasure, a drama by director Nina Thyberg about a 20-year-old girl who leaves life in a small town in Sweden for Los Angeles to become a porn star, won the international critics’ prize, the Fipresci Prize. The Fipresci jury convened Pleasure “A raw, daring and daring documentary-like descent into the underworld of the Los Angeles porn industry, with a tour de force from newcomer Sofia Kappel.”
Gothenburg Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award, named after the late Oscar-winning cameraman of Fanny and Alexander and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, went to Linda Wassberg for Tove, another autobiographical drama. Director Zaida Bergroth follows the life of Finnish avant-garde artist Tove Jansson, the writer of the famous Moomin children’s books.
The Ingmar Bergman International Prize, named after the Swedish filmmaker, was awarded to Mom by Li Dongmei, in which the director recounts growing up at 12 in a rural Chinese village in the 1990s. The prize consists of a stay at the Bergman estate on the island of Faro in the Baltic Sea for Li and a visit to the personal archives by Ingmar Bergman in Stockholm.
The Dragon Award for Best Swedish Short Film, with a cash prize of $ 60,000 (SEK 50,000), went to The expected by Carolina Sandvik. The Church of Sweden Angelos Prize and his scholarship of $ 60,000 (SEK 50,000) went to Magnus von Horn for Sweat, a Swedish-Polish co-production about an influential fitness celebrity who has a moment of self-confidence.
The Nordisk Film & TV Fond Screenplay Award for Best Television Series went to Maja Jul Larsen for Cry wolf, a Danish series screened in Göteborg’s Drama Vision TV sidebar.