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Thomas Vinterberg won an Academy Award this past weekend for his film “Another Round.” The life-affirming movie about friendship and alcohol won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film feature. During his speech, the director reportedly remembered his late teenage daughter, who died in a car crash while he was shooting for the film, back in 2019.
“Most importantly I want to thank my daughter Ida, who is no longer here. She was more enthusiastic about this project than anyone else had ever been,” Vinterbeg said during his speech. “It made her miss her hometown, Copenhagen, and now we miss her. And we made this movie for her.”
Ida was Vinterberg’s 19-year-old daughter who died in May 2019. She died in a highway accident four days into shooting the film. It was reported that Vinterberg’s ex-wife, Maria Walbom, had been driving Ida to Paris to meet up with some friends when the incident occured. The other driver was reportedly distracted by his phone and slammed into them on the highway. Maria recovered from her injuries, but Ida died instantly. It had been reported that Ida was going to mark her acting debut with “Another Round.” Rather than completely halting the movie, Vinterberg decided to honor Ida’s love for the film by finishing the shoot.
In his speech, Vinterberg added: “(Ida) loved this, and she felt seen by this, and she was supposed to be in this, and if anyone dares to believe that she’s here with us somehow, you’ll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us. We ended up making this movie for her as her monument. So, Ida, this is a miracle that just happened, and you’re a part of this miracle. Maybe you’ve been pulling some strings somewhere, I don’t know, but this one is for you.”
Vinterberg also dedicated the movie to Ida when he accepted the BAFTA for best film not in the English language. “Another Round” was also nominated for best foreign-language film at the Golden Globes, but lost to the Korean-language American production “Minari.” The film also racked up nominations and wins for best international or foreign-language film from multiple critics associations and film festivals. “Another Round” is available to stream on Hulu.
Though this particular incident happened in Europe, the U.S.’s traffic fatality rate is about 50% higher than similar nations in Western Europe, plus Canada, Australia, and Japan, according to the 2018 global report from the World Health Organization. About 1.3 million people are killed globally by traffic crashes every year, a huge proportion of them being pedestrians. In said year, traffic deaths were the leading cause of death globally for those between the ages of 5 and 29.
According to PR Fire, drivers using mobile phones are approximately four times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers not using a mobile phone. Using a phone while driving slows reaction times (notably braking reaction time, but also a reaction to traffic signals), and makes it difficult to keep in the correct lane, and to keep the correct following distances. Additionally, hands-free phones are not much safer than hand-held phone sets, and texting considerably increases the risk of a crash.
In the U.S., traffic deaths rose in 2020, even as people drove fewer miles during the pandemic. The nonprofit National Safety Council estimated in a report that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8% increase over 2019 and the first jump in four years. Plus, the fatality rate per 100 million miles driven spiked 24%, the largest annual percentage increase since the council began collecting data in 1923.