Moland was gentle enough for an audience prize in Berlin

Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s A Somewhat Gentle Man (En ganske snill mann) received on Feb. 20, the Berliner Morgenpost Audience Prize, awarded by a jury of 12 readers and given to a film in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which ends on Sunday.

Moland and Danish scriptwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson were presented with the honour.

“The reception has been overwhelming, both from audiences and press,” said Moland. A Somewhat Gentle Man was his second contender for Berlin’s Golden bear, after his US-Vietnamese drama, The Beautiful Country, produced by Terrence Malick and Edward R Pressman, in 2004.

The Stellan Skarsgård starrer will be released domestically on March 19 by Nordisk Film Distribusjon.

The Finn Gjerdrum-Stein B Kvae production for Paradox was launched at the festival’s European Film Market by Denmark’s TrustNordisk, and immediately licensed to Benelux (Wild Bunch Benelux), CIS-Baltic Republics (Maywin Media) and Poland (Vivarto).

Festivals are handled by the Norwegian Film Institute.

Source: Norwegian Film Institute

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