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Danish movie won top award at the Tokyo International Film Festival

06.11.2019  06:02

'Uncle' by Denmark's director Frelle Pedersen won the top award, the Grand Prix / Governor of Tokyo Award along with a total of 202.500 Danish kroner at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival on Tuesday.


The film is the tale of a young Danish woman dreaming of becoming a veterinarian, but refraining from following her dream to instead care for her disabled uncle and help him run his farm in the rural region of Sønderjylland, far removed from the Danish capital. The quiet and downplayed humor of the Danish rural region appealed to the Japanese audience.


The movie Uncle' won the grand award of Tokyo International Film Festival after 9 days of screening a large number of movies from all over the world, among others Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman'. At the closing ceremony of the festival, the prize was presented by Chinese actor Zhang Ziyi:

"This movie speaks to us gently, like a moving poem. The filmmaker really expresses to us the forgotten feelings of people with a restrained and sensitive camera work," the acresss said, after announcing the winning film.


It was the Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, who handed the award to director Frelle Pedersen.

"My congratulations goes to the winner of the Tokyo Grand Prix, the movie 'Uncle' by Frelle Pedersen. A total of 1804 films applied for this competition section. I am very honored, that many talented creators fly out to Tokyo every year," the Governor said, after which the word was passed on to the movie director himself:


"I would like to thank the wonderful jury and the incredible cast and crew who has has been working so hard on the movie. I would also like to thank the Tokyo International Film Festival. We already won, when we were selected for this festival," he said.

Frelle Pedersen also commented on his surprise of the movie's success despite taking place in the Danish countryside:


"This is a very regional film, moving across borders, so I would like to thank the wonderful Japanese audience who really related to the film," said Frelle Pedersen, after which he also extended his thanks to producer Marco Lorenzen and lead actress Jette Søndergaard.


On Wednesday the 30th of October, the Ambassador to the Royal Danish Embassy in Japan Peter Taksøe-Jensen went to the movie's world premiere at EX Theater Roppongi to support the Danish cast and crew.

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