SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE, Europa Cinemas Label
The Estonian, French, Belgian film SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE (SKANDINAAVIA VAIKUS) directed by Martti Helde (CROSSWIND), has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Official Competition in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as it was announced today by a Jury of four Europa Cinemas Network exhibitors. 2019 marks the fourteenth time the Label has been awarded in Karlovy Vary.
SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.
The jury issued the following statement: “The Europa Cinemas Label of the 54th Karlovy Vary Film Festival is awarded to a film by a young Estonian director who engages its audience through an exceptional cinematic journey. The story of a troubled sibling relationship unfolds via different variations of silence. The viewer is not only engaged throughout the story by the impressive camera work and outstanding music, but also by the pure cinematic approach, powerful script and original narrative. Therefore, the jury decided unanimously to award the Europa Cinemas Label to the film SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE by director Martti Helde, programmed in the East of the West Competition. We look forward to see this amazing film reach audiences all over Europe. Congratulations!”
SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE is a Three Brothers’ production (Estonia), co-produced with ARP Sélection (France) and Media International (Belgium).
Contact: Producer Elina Litvinova (Three Brothers / Estonia)
Tel: +372 569 133 77
Script: Martti Helde
Image: Erik Põllumaa and Sten-Johan Lill
Editor: Jaak Ollino Jr.
Art director: Anneli Arusaar
Composer: Mick Pedaja
Sound designer: Matis Rei
The cast includes Rea Lest and Reimo Sagor.
The Karlovy Vary Europa Cinemas Label Jury this year comprised Maarten Alexander (MOOOV, Turnhout, Belgium), Carinzia Camilleri (Eden Cinemas, St. Julian's, Malta), Éva Demeter (Tisza Cinema, Szolnok, Hungary) and Denis Samardzic (Multiplex Ekran Zenica, Zenica, Bosnia Herzegovina).