Fog had faced difficulty finding finance for the film and used the awards as an occasion to upbraid those financiers who chose not to support his vision for the film.
'In film school I had a teacher who taught me to say 'fuck you' when you deal with the typical frustrations of making movies. Tonight I feel like saying 'fuck you' to all the people who ... wanted to make a film other than [the one I have made],' he said
The Art Of Crying has won eight Roberts, the Danish equivalent of the Oscars, and sold 228,000 tickets, but has not broken even. Producer Thomas Stenderup is counting on the DVD-sales to recoup his investment.
The Art Of Crying was also the Danish submission for the best foreign-language Oscar and was shortlisted for the European Film Award. It won 15 festival awards before its Danish premiere. It also won the $65,000 Nordic Council Film Prize.
The other big winner at the Bodil Award was Ole Bornedal's Sundance title Just Another Love Story, which picked up Best Supporting Actress and Best DOP.
Bodil Awards complete winners list:
Best Danish Film: The Art of Crying by Peter Schønau Fog
Best Actress: Noomi Rapace for Daisy Diamond
Best Actor: Jesper Asholt for The Art Of Crying
Best Supporting Actress: CharlotteFich for Just Another Love Story
Best Supporting Actor: Morten Grunwald for White Night
Best Director of Photography: Dan Laustsen for The Substitute and Just Another Love Story
Best Documentary Film: The Monastery by Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Best American Film: Letters From Iwo Jima by Clint Eastwood
Best Foreign Film (other than USA): Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Special Bodil: Ghost Digital Production House for special effects in Island Of Lost Souls
Honorary Bodil: Marguerite Engberg, Ib Monty and Niels Jensen for their role in film education