Goteborg’s lucrative Dragon Award for best Nordic film has gone to Danish director Malou Reymann’s second feature Unruly.
The drama premiered at Toronto and had its Swedish premiere at Goteborg. TrustNordisk handles sales and the Danish cinema release is planned for spring 2023.
Reymann previously directed Rotterdam Big Screen winner A Perfectly Normal Family.
Unruly is about the Sprogø Women’s Institution in the 1930s, when “morally feeble” girls and women were sent to the island to become more compliant. The story focuses on Maren, an unruly 17-year-old who refuses to conform, and the spark she ignites in Sørine, who had been dutiful at the institution for six years.
The award comes with $38,000 (SEK 400,000), making it one of the world’s largest film prizes.
The jury, led by Holy Spider actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi, said: “Although it is rooted in the past, it transcends time and borders, and speaks strongly to our time, our minds and hearts. A solid and mature work, a powerful voice – a timely story of separation.”
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