Danish director Per Fly's critically-acclaimed debut The Bench (Baenken) scooped three prizes at the 42nd Nordic Filmdays in Lubeck, Germany, which wrapped Sunday night.
The film was awarded the Audience Prize, the NDR Promotion Prize and a special prize for lead actor Jesper Christensen from international Church organisation Interfilm for his powerhouse performance as an alcoholic. The Bench (Baenken) has opened domestically to positive reviews and scored 20,000 admissions on 13 screens after one week.
The NDR prize was shared with Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's English-language Aberdeen, which stars Stellan Skarsgaard, also in an impressive performance as an alcoholic.
The Children's Film Prize of the Nordic Film Institutes went to Swede Ulf Malmros' A Summer Tale, with a special mention awarded to Denmark's Miracle from newcomer Natasha Arthy. A Summer Tale also gained a special mention from the Children's Jury, which awarded Sweden's A Witch In The Family from Harald Hamrell as best film.
The Baltic Film Prize went to Liv Ullmann's Swedish Cannes-contender Faithless (Trolosa), with Iceland's Baltasar Kormakur receiving a special mention for his feature-directing debut 101 Reykjavik, which also picked up Interfilm's Church Film Prize. Denmark's Trust Film Sales is handling international sales of The Bench, Aberdeen, A Summer Tale, Miracle and 101 Reykjavik.