'The Hunt,' 'The Deep' Among Nordic Film Prize Nominees

12:51 PM PST 09/03/2013 by Scott Roxborough
Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor honor in Cannes for "The Hunt."

Movies from Thomas Vinterberg, Baltasar Kormakur and Gabriela Pichler are among the contenders for the honor.

BERLIN – Thomas Vinterberg’s critically-acclaimed drama The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen; the Icelandic survival thriller The Deep from director Baltasar Kormakur and Gabriela Pichler’s tale of an Eastern European immigrant to Sweden -- Eat Sleep Die -- are among the nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize, one of Scandinavia’s highest film honors.

Other nominees include the transgender drama, Open Up To Me, from Finnish director Simo Halinen and Dag Johan Haugerud’s Norwegian dramedy, I Belong.

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The Nordic Film Prize, awarded annually, honors a feature considered to have “embedded to a significant degree” in Nordic culture. It comes with a cash bursary of more than $600,000 (DKK 350,000). Previous winners include Lars von Trier, Aki Kaurimaki, Pernilla August and Vinterberg.

This year’s winner will be announced at a gala ceremony in Oslo on Oct. 30.

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