The Nordic Council Film Prize 2019 has been awarded to director May el-Toukhy, screenwriter Maren Louise Käehne and producers Caroline Blanco and René Ezra from Denmark for QUEEN OF HEARTS.
QUEEN OF HEARTS is showing Anne (Trine Dyrholm), a brilliant and dedicated lawyer, who lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter (Magnus Krepper), and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav (Gustav Lindh), moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit warren which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events that threatens to destroy her world.
The highly acclaimed film received Tuesday night (29.10.) in the Nordic Council Film Prize 2019, one of Northern Europe’s most coveted film awards. The prize administered by Nordisk Film & TV Fond on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers is worth DKK 350,000, and shared between the film’s director, screenwriter, and producer. Nordic Jury members were Per Juul Carlsen, Jaana Puskala, Hilmar Oddson, Inger Merete Hobbelstad and Kristina Börjeson.
The motivation for the jury 2019’s choice is the following:
“Is it about a midlife crisis? About class? Or about desire and passion? Is she a sex violator? Or a psychopath? We are used to movies serving a clear point, we almost always know whether a movie character is good or evil, but with ‘Queen of Hearts’ director May El-Toukhy and co-writer Maren Louise Käehne leave it to us, the audience, to find focus and morale and to judge the protagonist Anne, who is doing exactly what she should NOT be doing – having an affair with her son-in-law. Strangely it feels just right to have that responsibility.”
All the Nordic Council Film Prize nominees were presented at the HIFF’s programme this year. QUEEN OF HEARTS was one of the most popular films among the HIFF audience with its sold out screenings.