The movie, made in 2010, is based on Susanna Alakoskis novel about a Finnish immigrant family struggling with the effects of alcoholism and abuse in the small town of Ystad during the 1960s. The film featured actors Noomi and Ola Rapace.
The British actress Helen Mirren, a member of the jury, announced the winner at a ceremony in Copenhagen Monday evening.
The Nordic Council Film Prize has been awarded every year since 2005. The prize sum is about 50,000 US dollars.
Established in 1952, the Nordic Council is a forum for cooperation between the Nordic countries with 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland.