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

Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor honor in Cannes for "The Hunt."
Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor honor in Cannes for "The Hunt."
 

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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