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Five great films, one from each Nordic country, compete of the Nordic Film Prize 2012. The prize is awarded to an artistically valuable, Nordic-produced feature cinema film, which must be embedded to a significant degree in Nordic culture. The amount of the prize, 350 000 Danish krone (approx. 47 000 euros), is divided equally between the director, screenwriter and producer of the winning film. The winner of the most prestigious Nordic film prize will be announced at the Nordic Council meeting in Helsinki on 31st of October 2012.

The nominated films will be seen in their own theme at HIFF. The screenings in Helsinki marks the beginning of the films’ Nordic tour. They will then be screened in each Nordic capital city.

The nominees for 2012 are:

The Punk Syndrome / Finland

A film about Finland’s toughest punk-band, Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. The members of the band are mentally handicapped, but play their music with a lot of attitude and pride. The film follows the musicians’ journey from obscurity to popularity. The Punk Syndrome is a film about the essence of punk; it’s a story of rebellion against the mainstream.

Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, Screenwriters: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi, Sami Jahnukainen, Producer: Sami Jahnukainen

Play / Sweden

Executed with the use of improvisation and filmed with the revolutionary Red 4K technology, Play cuts into the problems of immigration from a child’s point of view. How do children deal with the sense of being different reflected on them since birth? The film was also screened at HIFF 2011.

Director: Ruben Östlund, Screenwriter: Ruben Östlund, Producer: Erik Hemmendorff

A Royal Affair / Denmark

Set in 18th Century Denmark, A Royal Affair tells the story of a queen who falls in love with her husband’s doctor. The affair breeds a revolution which changes the entire nation. The film has gathered numerous awards at different film festivals.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel, Screenwriters: Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel, Producers: Louise Vesth, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Meta Louise Foldager

Either Way / Iceland

Set in the wilderness of Iceland, Either Way is an easy-going film spiced with quirky humour, which follows the relationship of two road workers. Barren landscape and 80s fashion exist in harmony on the silver screen. Since the men can’t escape their problems, they solve them by surprising methods – and a little help from moonshine.

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Screenwriter: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Producers: Davíd Óskar Ólafsson, Árni Filippusson

The Orheim Company / Norway

A painful story of 16-year-old Jarle’s youth is set in 1980s Stavanger. The young man, who is interested in political activism and indie-rock is abused by his violent father. The burden of a tattered childhood is carried along all the way into adulthood.

Director: Arild Andresen, Screenwriters: Arild Andresen, Lars Gudmestad, Producers: Yngve Saether, Sigve Endresen