It's a mystery how Peter Schonau Fog manages to combine child abuse, a study of a rural community, affecting tragedy and black comedy into a satisfying whole, but in "The Art of Crying" he pulls it off. A gently offbeat study of a Jutland family in the early 1970s as seen through the merciless, innocent gaze of an 11 year-old boy, this refreshingly unconventional pic tackles its taboos with
compassion, grace and wit.
Jonathan Holland, Variety

Emotionally devastating and astonishingly mature, this is a unique feature debut. Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Filmfestival

A young Scandinavian genius tackles Bergmanesque themes of family taboos and relationships with pathos, humor, and a loving eye. Chiseko Tanaka, Tokyo International Film Festival

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Eight Awards from the Danish Film Academy!

Foto: Kristian Sæderup

All smiles for runaway best film
By The Copenhagen Post
Published 04.02.08 00:00

'The Art of Crying' capped a year of critical international and domestic acclaim by being named the best Danish movie of 2007

Winning a total of eight awards, including Best Film, Best New Director and the Audience Award, the riveting family drama 'The Art of Crying' was the evening's big winner on Sunday, when the Danish Film Academy handed out its 2007 Robert Awards.

'The Art of Crying' tells the story of precocious, eleven-year-old Allan, trying to keep his dysfunctional, rural family together during the social upheavals of the early 1970s.

In addition to being one of the country's biggest box office hits in 2007, 'The Art of Crying', and its director, Peter Schønau Fog, had harvested no less than 13 awards at film international festivals prior to Sunday's accolades.

It was also nominated as Denmark's entry in the Best Foreign Film category in this year's Academy Awards.

Also winning multiple awards on Sunday was the children's film 'Island of the Lost Souls'.

'Eastern Promises', starring Denmark's own Viggo Mortensen, received the Film Academy's nod as the Best Non-American Foreign Film. Mortensen is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category.

(Correction: The Art of Crying has received 26 awards plus the 8 Roberts, Red.)


  • Best Danish Feature Film: »Kunsten at græde i kor«, directed by Peter Schønau Fog.

  • Best Director: Peter Schønau Fog »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • The Audience Award: »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • Best Supporting Actress: Hanne Hedelund in »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • Best Supporting Actor: Jesper Asholt in »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • Best Screenplay: Bo hr. Hansen in »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • Best Score: Karsten Fundal in»Kunsten at græde i kor«.

  • Best Costume Design: Margrethe Rasmussen in »Kunsten at græde i kor«.

Also nominated:

  • Best Cinematography: Harald Paalgaard »Kunsten at græde i kor«.
  • Best Actress: Julie Kolbeck »Kunsten at græde i kor«.
  • Best Production Design: Søren Krag Sørensen »Kunsten at græde i kor«.