The Norwegian director scoops the festival’s Grand Prix, making it the second year in a row the country has won the award.
Sara Johnsen’s Upperdog picked up the Jury Grand Prix at the Nordic Film Festival in Rouen as it closed on Sunday (March 21).
It is the second consective year that a Norwegian film has scooped the top prize after after Eva Sørhaug’s Cold Lunch (Lønsj) last year.
Finnish director Klaus Härö’s Letters to Father Jacob (Postia Pappi Jakobille) took the best actor award for Heikki Nousiainen while the film’s Kaarina Hazard won best actress. It also scooped the Audience Prize.
The Young European Jury picked Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur’s White Night Wedding (Brudguminnde); while the Deuxième Souffle (Second Wind) trophy went to Danish director Martin Pieter Zandvliet for Applause.
The 23rd Nordic Film Festival was organised by festival founders Isabelle Duault and Jean-Michel Mongrédien. The 22-day showcase presents more than 100 films from the Nordic countries, the Benelux and the Baltic Republics.