'Crying' tops Denmark's Bodil nods


COLOGNE, Germany -- Peter Schonau's "The Art of Crying," a drama about a dysfunctional family in rural Denmark, has added to its trophy case, winning best Danish film and best actor for star Jesper Asholt at Denmark's Bodil Awards.

Set in the 1970s, "Crying" is a portrait of a violent and disturbed family seen through the eyes of a precocious 11-year-old boy.

The film already has won acclaim on the international festival circuit, winning the audience award at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Festival, the youth jury award at San Sebastian, the Nordic Vision award at Goteborg and a grand jury special mention at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles.

The Bodil award for best actress went to Noomi Rapace for her role as a young mother who dreams of becoming a film star in Simon Staho's "Daisy Diamond."

The documentary prize went to Pernille Rose Gronkjaer's "The Monastery," which follows the efforts of an 82-year-old bachelor and a group of Russian Orthodox nuns to convert a Danish castle into a holy sanctuary.

Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Letters From Iwo Jima" won the best American film prize, while the Bodil for best foreign (non-American) film went to Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth."

The Bodil Awards, presented by Denmark's film critics association, were handed out Sunday night at a ceremony in Copenhagen.