Nikolaj Arcel's The Promised Land swept the night in Denmark and Ole Giæver’s Let the River Flow in Norway.

The Danish Film Critics Association celebrated its 77th Bodil Awards ceremony on Saturday March 16th, followed by the 74th Norwegian Film Critics Awards on Thursday 21st.

In Denmark the Best Film 2023 went to Nikolaj Arcel's dramatic epic The Promised Land (Bastarden), which also swept the night with four additional awards. Mads Mikkelsen took home Best Male Lead, Rasmus Videbæk received Best Cinematography, Jette Lehmann was honoured with the Henning Bahs Prize for Best Production Design, and Jessica Dinnage won Best Supporting Actress.

Other winners included Malou Reymann and Sara Isabella Jønsson for Best Screenplay for Unruly (Ustyrlig) and Lea Glob's international success Apolonia, Apolonia for Best Documentary. Additionally, newcomer Søren Peter Langkjær Bojsen received the Danish TV 2 Talent Prize for The Great Glitch / Children of Paradise (Det store glitch/Paradisets børn).

Veterans in the industry were also acknowledged, with Anne Wivel receiving the Honorary Bodil for her influential work as a documentary filmmaker, and Paprika Steen securing her fifth Bodil for Best Female Lead in Tove’s Room (Toves værelse).

To all the winners: CLICK HERE. (in Danish)

The Norwegian Film Critics Association awarded the 2024 Film Critics Award for last year’s best feature film to Ole Giæver’s Let the River Flow (Ellos eatnu - La elva leve). The film was praised for its nuanced approach to a historical conflict and its exploration of identity. Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen won Best Actor for her role in the film, while Ola Fløttum received Best Technical Achievement for the music.

The Messenger Award (Budbringeren) was given to Tommy Lørdahl for his significant contributions to film culture, particularly through his work in promoting and showcasing diverse cinema.

Let the River Flow and The Promised Land are supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.