Winner unveiled on October 31
The Nordic Council Film Prize, established in 2002 and administered by the Nordic Council, honours outstanding full-length feature films rooted in Nordic culture. Films released between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, are eligible, with each of the five Nordic countries nominating one cinema-released, artistically significant film.
The prize, which totals 300,000 Danish kroner ($44,000 / €40,000), is divided equally among the winning film’s screenwriter, director, and producer. The winner will be unveiled on October 31 at the Nordic Council meeting in Oslo.
In a first, a Greenlandic film, Alanngutt Killinganni, directed by Malik Kleist, has been nominated, marking a historic moment for the awards.
A dark, surreal comedy set in the ‘80s
This year’s Icelandic nomination is Hilmar Oddsson’s Driving Mum, a dark, surreal comedy set in 1980. The plot follows Jón, who, after his mother’s death, embarks on a final journey to Eyrarbakki with her remains and the family dog, Bresnef, to fulfil her burial wishes.
The film boasts performances from Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson, Kristbjörg Kjeld, Hera Hilmarsdóttir, and Tómas Lemarquis, and is produced by Hlín Jóhannesdóttir and co-produced by Marianne Ostra.
Past Icelandic winners include Lamb by Valdimar Jóhannsson; Of Horses and Men and Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson, and Virgin Mountain by Dagur Kári.
For a list of all the nominees, click here.