The multiple-award-winning Norwegian documentary Cool & Crazy, which generated more than half a million admissions in its home territory last year, has secured filmmaker Knut Erik Jensen his second national Film Critics Award, the first time a director has ever won the prize twice.
Jensen first picked up the prize from Norsk Filmkritikerlag for his feature Stella Polaris in 1992/93. The award was first given out in 1948, and has previously gone to local filmmakers like Unni Straume (Dromspel), Bent Hamer (Eggs), Pal Sletaune (Junk Mail), and Pal Jackman (Detektor). Cool And Crazy centered on the Berlevaag Male Choir of 30 fishermen from Northern Norway, and is followed by Cool & Crazy On The Road.
The new film sees the choir on a US tour, and like the original will be sold internationally by NonStop Sales, who sold the first to 16 territories.
Knut Erik Jensen's Cool & Crazy On The Road is released domestically in April.