The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund endedits 32nd edition with two awards nights in a row on. On Thursday(August 26) it held the festival prizes, and on Friday (August 27) night dishedout the Norwegian film and TV awards, the Amandas.
At the festival's closing ceremony, Erik Poppe's new localdrama Hawaii, Oslo, received both thecritics' and ecumenical prize - prompting the filmmaker to sing achildren's song with his six year-old daughter from the stage. The film, whichhad its world premiere at the festival opens locally on Sep 24.
The audience award went to The Motorcycle Diaries and the Gledesspreder (Joybringer) award to Shrek2.
At the Amandas the following night, Norwegians were able toreflect on a year where homemade product found new popularity - inparticular a string of feel-good films all made by and starring local talent.
Morten Tyldum's debut Buddy was not only named best film, but also secured the best actor awardfor Anders Baasmo Christiansen, while another new acting talent Ane Dahl Torpwas named best actress for her part in Jarl Emsell Larsen's hit TV-series SvartePenger - Hvite Loegner (Black Money -
White Lies), whichwon as best TV production.
Elsa Kvamme won the new best screenplay Amanda for herdirecting debut Fia!, while the Sweden'sTeresa Fabik won the Canal+ Nordic Newcomer Amanda for The KetchupEffect. Apart from the experienced PetterNaess (Elling), whose JustBea won best children's and youth film, theonly real veteran on stage was 80 year-old actor Espen Skjoenberg, who receivedan honorary award for his long carrier which began in 1937.
The festival's New Nordic Films market was one of the morememorable in recent years, as several films packed positive surprises for theattending festivals and buyers. Among the best received were two local films,Erik Poppe's Hawaii, Oslo and AkselHennie's Uno, as well as NikolajArcel's Danish King's Game.