At the Danish Film Academy's 20th ROBERT award ceremony on Sunday night in Copenhagen, Susanne Bier's Dogme-hit Open Hearts and veteran Nils Malmros' Facing The Truth fought it out for the top awards, while Ole Bornedal's I Am Dina dominated the technical prizes.
The ceremony was attended by 650 industry people, filmmakers and talents, who saw Cultural Minister Brian Mikkelsen hand out the best film award to Susanne Bier's Open Hearts. The film also took the audience prize, best editing as well as best supporting actor for Nikolaj Lie Kaas and best supporting actress for Paprika Steen.
Steen also picked up the best actress award for Jesper W. Nielsen's Okay, which also won for best music and song for Halfdan E and Nikolaj Steen respectively.
Nils Malmros' black and white drama Facing The Truth earned awards for best directing, best actor Jens Albinus and best script, which the filmmaker wrote with John Mogensen.
The technical categories were dominated by Bornedal's Nordic co-production the English-language I Am Dina, which took best set design, costumes, make-up, sound as well as best cinematography for Dan Lausten.
Newcomer Hans Fabian Wullenweber won the award for best children/family film for Catch That Girl, which also had the best special effects. Open Hearts was produced by Zentropa, Facing The Truth and I Am Dina by Nordisk Film, Okay by Angel Films and Catch That Girl by Nimbus Film.
An honorary ROBERT was awarded to the versatile producer-director Kenneth Madsen, who upon returning from 10 years as a commercial director in New York in the late 80s helped kickstart many of the producers who are very successful today. He was also one of the first Danish directors to take on English-language filmmaking with A Day In October in 1991.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie was voted best non-American film, Robert Altman's Gosford Park best American film, Jytte Rex's Palle Nielsen - Mig skal intet Fattes best short documentary, Camilla Hjelm Knudsen and Martin Pieter Zandvliet's Angels Of Brooklyn best documentary, Pernille Fischer's Habibti My Love best short, Pia Bovin's Begravelsen best long short.
The Danish Association of Film Critics hand out their highly coveted BODIL awards on March 2.