Norwegian director Joachim Trier's feature debut, Reprise, became a
triple winner of the Amanda awards, the Norwegian national film prizes.

The honours were handed out at a TV2-televised ceremony from Haugesund's
Festiviteten Concert Hall, preceding the opening
of the 35th Norwegian International Film Festival.

Reprise cashed in on four nominations, receiving the trophies for Best
Cinema Film (producer Karin Julsrud, for 4 ½ Productions), Best
Director and Best Script (Trier, with Eskil Vogt).

Erik Richter Strand's Sons, which was also considered in four categories, bagged the
prize for Best Supporting Role (Henrik Mestad). Stefan Faldbakken's
Uro, a runner-up for three statuettes, left empty-handed.

The Amandas were lent a touch of the Oscars, as US screen legend Lauren
Bacall took the stage to receive the Norwegian International Film
Festival and Liv Ullmann's honorary award.

Bacall and UK actor Brian Cox, also attending the ceremony, have spent the last two months in Haugesund shooting UK director Robert Young's Wide Blue Yonder, a
UK-Norwegian co-production also starring James Fox.

Launched at last year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where Trier was named Best Director, Reprise went on to win the Diesel Discovery Award in Toronto, and has since been bestowed in Rotterdam, Rouen, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Lecce.

In Haugesund the prizes for Best Actor went to Hisham Zaman's feature debut, Winterland (Raouf Saraj), and Best Actress to Roar Uthaug's Cold Prey (Ingrid Bolso Dahl).

For the 25th time organised in Haugesund, the festival was opened
Saturday (Aug 18) by Norwegian culture minister Trond Giske, followed
by the world première of Norwegian director Petter Naess' Gone With The

The showcase has registered a record number of 1,400
participants, including 250 attending the New Nordic Films market and
150 the 2nd Nordic Co-Production Forum, this year focusing on
German-Nordic projects.