Swedish director JosefFares' Zozo will receive this year'sNordic Council Film Prize - roughly $59,000, the largest in
Ten Nordic features werenominated, but the jury chairwoman, Norwegian film journalist Anne Hoff, calledZozo 'a moving and relevant filmabout a child's strategies of survival, when confronted by war, sorrow and astrange culture."
The prize will be sharedamong the film's writer, director and producer, so Fares will take two-thirds(as writer-director), leaving one third for producer Anna Anthony of MemfisFilm.
The award has previouslybeen given to Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki's The Man Without A Past and Danish directorPer Fly's Manslaughter.
Zozofollows an 11-year-old boy (Imad Creidi) who grows up in 1980s
Fares, now 29, came to
When he was 15 he beganmaking short films, mainly action projects, with his friends, earning him thenickname of The Low-Budget King of
One of them was seen bySwedish director Lucas Moodysson, who recommended Fares to his productioncompany, Memfis Film.
His first two features -comedies - for Memfis, Jalla! Jalla! and Cops (Kopps),also produced by Anthony, had more than 750,000 admissions domestically. Zozohas sold more than 280,000 tickets in