Knut Erik Jensen's feature-length documentary Cool And Crazy (Heftig Og Begeistret) picked up the Nordic film award at Scandinavia's largest film event, the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden, which wrapped on Saturday night.
The film had its successful world premiere at the Tromso International Film Festival in Norway, but director Jensen, producers Jan-Erik Gammleng (Barentsfilm) and Tom Remlov (Norsk Film), as well as DoP Svein Krovel, were all present in Goteborg to pick up the award, the Filmraven, and $10,500 (SKr100,000). The Nordic award is sponsored by local newspaper Goteborg Posten.
Meanwhile, the Kodak Nordic Vision Award for best cinematography was presented to Denmark's Flickering Lights, directed by newcomer Anders Thomas Jensen with Eric Kress taking the DoP credit. The Canal Plus Nordic Script Prize went to Sweden's Malin Lagerlof for Hans Og Hennes, directed by Daniel Lind Lagerlof. All three prize-winning films will screen on the market in Berlin.
The eight Nordic features in competition were nominated by festival director Gunnar Bergdahl, and the jury comprised Goteborg Posten's Monika Tunback-Hanson and directors Susanne Bier (Denmark), Ella Lemhagen (Sweden), Berit Nesheim (Norway) and Auli Mantila (Finland).
Among other awards presented at the festival were Film i Vast's Short Film Award which went to Carl Johan De Geer's Mamma, Hitler Og Jeg, and the Sven Nykvist Award which went to closing film Jan Troell's As White As Snow. The Swedish film critics association, Svenska Filmkritikerforbundet, gave its Greta-award for best film of 2000 to Roy Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor.
The audience award, the Goteborgs Stora Filmpris, awarded to one of the three Swedish films nominated for the Swedish Film Awards (Guldbagga), went to popular comedy Jalla! Jalla! from newcomer Josef Fares.
The 24th edition of the Goteborg Film Festival was attended by 102,393 people.