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Fúsi Nominated for Nordic Council Film Prize

The film Fúsi, directed by Dagur Kári Pétursson, has been nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize this year, according to a press release. The prize will be awarded in Harpa concert house in Reykjavík October 27. Five films have been nominated, all of them “outstanding in an international context and have been awarded prizes at film festivals all over the world.”

Last year’s winner was Hross í oss, by Benedikt Erlingsson. The prize is DKR 350,000 (ISK 6.8 million, USD 53,000, EUR 47,000). In order to win the prize, a film must have roots in Nordic culture and great artistic quality. It must be exceptional in terms of artistic originality and must weave together the basics of film art to make a convincing whole.

The Icelandic selection committee includes Kristín Jóhannesdóttir, Björn Ægir Norðfjörð and Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. Their report states, “ Fúsi by Dagur Kári Pétursson is a touching story about a late-blooming, kind giant. This is a human tale where inner conflict and unconventional charm is described by masterful nuances. A symbolic interplay of the large and the small conveys common themes such as kindness, generosity and human dignity.”

The film is about a man in his forties who has had trouble entering the adult world. His life is mere routine. At the arrival of a cheerful woman and an eight-year-old girl, his life takes a sudden turn.

The other films nominated are: Stille hjerte from Denmark, He ovat paenneet from Finland, Mot naturen from Norway and Gentlemen from Sweden.

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