Five Nordic prizes awarded in Oslo

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Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Bárður Oskarsson, Nils Henrik Asheim, Benedikt Erlingsson, Ólafur Egill Egilsson, Marianne Slot, Carine Leblanc and Per Ole Frederiksen, Pâviârak Jakobsen and Nette Levermann from the Attu Natural Resource Council were awarded the five Nordic Council prizes 2018 at a gala in the Opera House in Oslo on Tuesday evening (October 30 2018).

The Nordic Council Literature Prize
The Icelandic author Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir won the Nordic Council Literature Prize for the novel Ör, (Hotel Silence, Pushkin Press 2018, translator Brian FitzGibbon). Ólafsdóttir has been awarded the prize for a work full of subtle humour and sparkling, vital language, which asks the big questions about life and death.

The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize
The Faroese author Bárður Oskarsson has been awarded the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2018 for the picture book Træið (“The Tree”). In a world in which we are constantly bombarded by stimuli, Bárður Oskarsson receives the award for a tale that dares to take its time.

The Nordic Council Film Prize
Director and producer Benedikt Erlingsson, his fellow scriptwriter Ólafur Egill Egilsson and producers Marianne Slot and Carine Leblanc have been awarded the Nordic Council Film Prize 2018 for Woman at War, which adopts a witty and playful approach to big political questions and to the private life of its atypical action hero, a 48-year-old woman.

The Nordic Council Music Prize
Nils Henrik Asheim from Norway has been awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize 2018 for the work Muohta. Asheim has been awarded the prize for Muohta, a work that the jury describes as “at once acutely contemporary yet conscious of its history”.

The Nordic Council Environment Prize
Per Ole Frederiksen, Pâviârak Jakobsen and Nette Levermann receive the Nordic Council Environment Prize 2018 on behalf of the Natural Resource Council of Attu, West Greenland. The Natural Resource Council of Attu on the west coast of Greenland has been awarded the prize for its work on documenting the marine environment and proposing new ways of managing it.

This article was originally published on Norden.org
Image credits: Sara Johannessen/Norden.org

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