'Louder Than Bombs,' 'Land of Mine,' 'Sparrows' Nominated for Nordic Council Prize

Features from Finland's Juho Kuosmanen and Swedish director Magnus von Horn are also among the contenders for Scandinavia's top film honor.

Louder Than Bombs, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Joachim Trier, Runar Runarsson's Icelandic feature Sparrows and Danish filmmaker Martin Zandvliet's war drama Land of Mine are among this year's nominees for the Nordic Council Prize, the top pan-Scandinavian cinema honor.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, an idiosyncratic boxing drama from Finland's Juho Kuosmanen, and Magnus von Horn's somber Swedish-Polish drama The Here After complete this year's list of Nordic film awards contenders.

The winner will be announced Nov. 1 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Nordic Council Film Prize, intended to honor the best Scandinavian film of the year, comes with a $52,500 cash bursary. Previous winners include Dagur Kari's Virgin Mountain, Benedikt Erlingsson's Of Horses and Men, Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt and Antichrist from Lars von Trier.