Thomas Vinterberg's 'Submarino' Wins Scandinavia's Top Film Award

Danish director's look at drug and alcohol addiction awarded Nordic Council Film Prize


COLOGNE, Germany -- Submarino, a grim look at drug and alcohol addiction from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, has won the Nordic Council Film Prize, Scandinavia's top film award.

For Vinterberg, the film marks a third phase in his varied career. A founder, with fellow Dane Lars von Trier of the influential Dogme 95 movement, Vinterberg won international acclaim for his 1998 drama The Celebration.

What followed were two English-language features: It's All About Love(2003) starring Joaquin Phoenix, Claire Danes and Sean Penn and Dear Wendy (2005) with Jamie Bell and Bill Pullman, both of which met with mixed reviews and tepid box office results.

Vinterberg's last feature was the Danish comedy When A Man Comes Around but many critics have hailed Submarino as his true return to form.

The drama, which premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, traces the broken lives of two brothers -- one a violent ex-con, the other a heroin addict and single dad.

Submarino recently won the Critics' Prize at the Norwegian International Film Festival and has made the shortlist for best feature film for this year's European Film Awards.