Per Fly's intense and realistic drama The Bench won five awards including best film, best director and best actor (Jesper Christensen) at the Danish Film Academy's Robert awards on Sunday night.
The Zentropa-produced title also won awards for best costume and best make-up. After an unprecedented number of nominations, Zentropa titles bagged all but two of the 15 awards handed out by the Academy. The company's Palme d'Or-winning Dancer In The Dark, directed by Lars von Trier, also took home five prizes, including two for Bjork for music and acting along with technical awards for editing, sound and set design. In addition, Zentropa's Italian For Beginners, directed by Lone Scherfig, bagged three awards for Scherfig's original script and best supporting actor and actress (Peter Gantzler and Ann Eleonora Jorgensen).
Another crowd pleaser, newcomer Anders Thomas Jensen's Flickering Lights, picked up the new audience award and Sam Mendes' American Beauty and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger the best foreign film awards. Veteran stills-photographer Rolf Kunow was given a life-time achievement award.