The Swedish marriage drama “A Rational Solution” by Jörgen Bergmark has won the NDR Award for Best Feature Film at the 51st Nordic Film Days Lübeck. “Great actors who are unafraid of direct and vulnerable moments lead us through a story that is both crazy and very close to real life,” said the jury in praise of the film starring Pernilla August and Rolf Lassgård, in which an affair puts two couples to the test. The Jury of the NDR Award for Best Feature Film further stated that “in a surprisingly honest and consequent manner, the film accompanies the utopia of two couples who desperately try to do everything right.”
Two awards went to the Finnish director Klaus Härö: his moving character piece “Letters to Father Jacob” about the close relationship between a pastor and a murder convict won both the LN Audience Award as well as the Interfilm Church Film Prize of Nordic Film Days Lübeck. The Finnish social panorama film “Heartbeats” by Saara Cantell received the Baltic Film Prize.
Norway is the big winner in the children’s and youth film section: “Yatzy” by director Katja Eyde Jacobsen, an intense drama about a traumatized foster child, was awarded the Children’s and Youth Film Prize of the 51st Nordic Film Days Lübeck. The musical comedy “ORPS – The Movie” by Atle Knudsen received the Prize of the Children’s Jury.
The Documentary Film Prize of Lübeck’s trade unions went to the Danish films “Love on Delivery” and “Ticket to Paradise”, in which the director Janus Metz accompanies women from Thailand who have travelled to provincial Denmark for marriage purposes.