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Five of the most popular Nordic films and directors are nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize 2013. The nominated directors are Thomas Vinterberg, Simo Halinen, Baltasar Kormákur, Dag Johan Haugerud and Gabriela Picler. HIFF shows all the nominated films in Kinopalatsi during the festival and an Kino Tapiola in Espoo from Sept 23rd–25th. This marks the first time in the history of the festival that HIFF starts showing movies outside of Helsinki. 

The five nominees 2013 are:

THE HUNT – Denmark / Director: Thomas Vinterberg – Writers: Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg – Producers: Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann.
Shown at HIFF  Sept 23 at 5.30 pm in Kino Tapiola and Kinopalatsi 10 Sept 22nd at 12.00pm

OPEN UP TO ME – Finland / Director: Simo Halinen – Writer: Simo Halinen – Producer: Liisa Penttilä.
Shown at HIFF  Sept 23 at 8pm pm in Kino Tapiola and Kinopalatsi 10 Sept 25th at 6.45pm 

THE DEEP – Iceland / Director: Baltasar Kormákur – Writers: Jón Atli Jónasson, Baltasar Kormákur – Producers: Agnes Johansen, Baltasar Kormákur.
Shown at HIFF  Sept 25  at 7 pm in Kino Tapiola and Kinopalatsi 9 Sept 24th at 6.45pm

I BELONG – Norway / Director: Dag Johan Haugerud – Writer: Dag Johan Haugerud – Producer: Yngve Sæther.
Shown at HIFF  Sept 24th at 5.30 pm in Kino Tapiola, Sept 20th at 6.30 pm in Maxim2 and Sept 21st at 4.15 pm in Kinopalatsi 10

EAT SLEEP DIE – Sweden / Director: Gabriela Pichler – Writer: Gabriela Pichler – Producer: China Åhlander.
Shown at HIFF  Sept 24th at 8pm in Kino Tapiola and Kinopalatsi 10 on Sept 20th at 2pm

The Finnish nominee understands the human condition

Finland’s candidate for the prize is OPEN TO ME (Kerron sinulle kaiken), directed by Simo Halinen and produced by Liisa Penttilä-Asikainen. Artist and academician Outi Heiskanen and film journalists Harri Römpötti and Johanna Grönqvist comprised the jury who selected the Finnish candidate. Their motivation for selecting Open Up to Me reads as follows: 

“Most people think they are tolerant. The openness is put to a test when something different comes close enough. Simo Halinen constructs precisely this kind of situation in his film Open to Me. The main character is a woman who has been born as a man. With the help of surgery, the man Mauri becomes the woman Mari. Mari, who battles with the prejudices of the surrounding society becomes the heroine of a story that has no bad guys. The great strength of Mr. Halinen’s film is its deep understanding of what it is to be human. Exact storytelling and the excellent work of the actors complete and support the story.”

About the Nordic Council Film Prize 2013

The winner of the Nordic Council Film Prize 2013 will be announced on 30th October in a television gala that can be seen in all Nordic countries. To be nominated for the prize worth DKK 350.000, the films must be embedded to a significant degree in Nordic culture, must be of high quality, stand out in terms of artistic originality, and combine and refine the many elements of film in a convincing and integrated manner. The prize is divided equally between the director and the producer of the film.