Oscar 2006: Danish Poet Wins Animated Short Oscar

Feb 25, 2007–Torill Koves Den danske dikteren (The Danish Poet) received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Produced by Lise Fearnley and Marcy Page for Norways Mikrofilm and the National Film Board of Canada, the 15-minute is the story of Kaspar, a poet whose creative well has run dry, who embarks on a holiday to Norway. On the way his quest for inspiration is supported by a spell of bad weather, angry dogs, cows that slip from barn planks, careless postmen, hungry goats and other seemingly unrelated factors.

After a short film Bobbie Peers Sniffer last year scored the first Golden Palm ever at Cannes for Norway, Norwegian director Torill Koves Den danske dikteren (The Danish Poet) follows up with an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Den danske dikteren which is narrated by Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann has so far screened at 36 festivals, and returned with 13 prizes, including the Academy Award.

Attached to the National Film Board of Canada, Kove also works as a designer, illustrator, animator and scriptwriter. Her previous film, Min bestemor strk kongens skjorter, was also nominated for an Oscar in 2000.