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All smiles for runaway best film

'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.

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