'Melancholia' Wins Denmark's Bodil Award for Best Film

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COLOGNE, Germany - Lars von Trier's end-of-the-world drama Melancholia won best film at the Danish film critics association's Bodil honors, one of Denmark's leading film awards. The prize marks von Trier's seventh Bodil and back-to-back best film wins, having taken the top prize for Antichrist last year. Melancholia last month swept Denmark's film academy honors, taking ten trophies including best film.

At the Brodils, the best cinematograph honor went to Melancholia's cameraman Manuel Alberto Claro for his haunting images of earth's final days.

The only other multiple winner at this year's Bodil awards was A Funny Man, the biopic of Danish comedian Dirch Passer, which took the best actor nod for star Nikoaj Lie Kaas, best supporting actor for Lars Ranthe and best set design for Charlotte Bay Garnov and Peter Grant. The dramedy from director Martin P. Zandvliet, which earned an astounding $5.8 million in tiny Denmark, also took home this year's Blockbuster Audience Award.

Danish critics gave their best U.S. film honor to Debra Granik's hillbilly noir Winter's Bone starring The Hunger Games' lead Jennifer Lawrence while Iranian Oscar-winner A Separation from Asghar Farhadi took the best non-U.S. film honor.

Best actress went to Lene Maria Christensen for her starring role in Pernille Fischer Christensen's drama A Family with Paprika Steen winning the best supporting actress prize playing a sports journalist who leaves her husband for a soccer star in Ole Christian Madsen's Superclásico.

The lifetime achievement honor went to Ghita Nørby, a veteran of some 140 films, whose work includes Oscar-winner Babette's Feast (1987) and Per Fly's 2003 drama The Inheritance.

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