Several coveted prizes were tonight awarded to their recipients during the closing ceremony of the 46th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Swedish film Border won the Norwegian Film Critics Award, while the Norwegian project Burning Man won the Eurimages Lab Project Award.
The Norwegian Film Critics Award
The Norwegian Film Critics Award was awarded to Border, directed by Ali Abbasi and distributed by Another World Entertainment. In their statement, the jury states that the film distinguishes itself through its originality. The film is thematically and visually daring, with a finely tuned balance between the serious and the comedy.
– Rarely have we seen such a unique and meaningful allegory over subjects such as alienation, integration and identity. And never have we seen a superior modernized version of Nordic folklore.
The Film Critics Award is a lithography by artist Alf Christian Hvaring titled “Heime II”. The jury was appointed by The Norwegian Film Critics Society and included Guri Kulås from Klassekampen, Terje Eidsvåg from Adresseavisen, and Britt Aksnes from Dag og Tid.
The Ray of Sunshine
The statuette Ray of Sunshine went to The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, directed by Ken Scott and distributed by Another World Entertainment.
– The topic of human dignity is front and center in every vibrant frame of this picture. Through a uniquely absurd and peculiar narrative style and a distinct point of view, this film addresses subjects and themes that are more important and relevant now than ever before. It is an unpretentious and colorful film that mocks our ignorance of foreign cultures in the most amusing ways, the jury stated in their deliberation.
The Award is a statuette made by Fritz Røed, provided by the bank DNB. The jury is appointed by the Norwegian Cinema Managers Association and consisted of Jury President Christin Berg from Nordisk Film Kino Oslo, Bjørn Holum from Bømlo kino and Ida Katrine Balto from Lakselv kino og kultursal.
The FIPRESCI Award
The 2018 Award went to Euthanizer, directed by Teemu Nikki.
– It’s a formidable challenge for any writer or director to produce original takes on well-mined genre forms. But that’s what is just what director and writer Teemu Nikki has achieved on the spendidly dark Euthanizer.
The FIPRESCI Award is given to the best Nordic film , and is decided by a jury appointed by FIPRESCI, the international film critics association. This year’s jury included Britt Sørensen, Anzhelika Artyukh and James Evans.
The Audience Award
The Audience Award was given out to Kapernaum, directed by Nadine Labaki and distributed by Arthaus. In their deliberation the jury states that the film is raw and realistic, yet able to draw out comedy and warmth from an otherwise seemingly hopeless situation.
The Audience Award consists of a work of art by graphic artist Ivar Rudi, which is provided by the Norwegian International Film Festival. The film is awarded by an audience jury appointed by TV Haugaland. This year’s jury consisted of Linn Lyster, Elisabeth Kristine Lunde, Ole Jørgen Gården, Iren Tislevoll, and Sondre Berge Engedal.
The Andreas Award, the ecumenical film prize, went to The Children Act, directed by Richard Eyre and distributed by Norsk filmdistribusjon. In their deliberation the jury states that this year’s award winner evolves with interesting ethical dilemmas as its focal point.
– Central to the engaging and often moving story, where different aspects of love are tested, is a fabulous actor performance from the female lead actor.
The jury for the Andreas Award, named after the film critic, theologist and teacher Andreas Borch Sandsdalen, consisted of bishop emeritus Erling Pettersen, cinema manager Eli Røthe, film critic Kristin Aalen and culture editor in Vårt Land, Alf Kjetil Walgermo, who was also the Jury President. The Award is a graphic work by Eli Hovdenak.
Next Nordic Generation Award
The winner is The 99 Steps Left from The Square. The film is directed by Sevgi Eker from Aalto University.
– This film contains a level of artistry that goes beyond what is expected from a student production. It tells a story of impending war and memories, successfully echoing masters like Tarkovsky, the jury stated.
Honorary mentions went to Viva Løten! by Teresia Fant from The Norwegian Film School, and Wallrider by Klaus Tue Madsen from The National Film School of Denmark.
Next Nordic Generation Award is given to the best film from the Nordic film schools. The award consists of NOK 10 000 and is given by SF Studios Norge. The jury consisted of director Goethe Bøe Waal, film consultant and film critic Kalle Løchen, and the Assistant Programmer of The Norwegian International Film festival, Ida Cathrine Holme Nielsen.
Eurimages Lab Project Award
The Award consists of 50 000 EUR and went to Norwegian Burning Man. Directed by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen and produced by Maria Ekerhovd and Itonje Søimer Guttormsen. The prize is awarded by Eurimages to the most promising and innovative film project to be presented as a work in progress.
– Elements of this project that caught the jury’s attention in particular included the clear authorial direction, the good use of rhythm, and the original cinematographic exploration of the main character’s road trip whilst she confronts some extreme situations, the jury stated.
The prize is awarded to promote films that are experimental in execution or content, created outside the framework for traditional film production, and showcasing international collaboration.
The 2018 jury included Csaba Bereczki, Ilse Acevedo, Kalle Løchen and Marianne Slot.
Best Project Award
The award went to One-Off Incident (X10). Director: Kirsikka Saari. Producer: Elli Toivoniemi. Production company: Tuffi Films.
Best Project Award is given to the best project in the Nordic Co-Production Market.
Nordic Script Pitch
The Award for Best Script Pitch went to Ásthildur Kjartansdóttir for the project Vergo. The winner receives a week-long stay at the Barcelona writer’s apartment owned by the Writers’ Guild of Norway.
The winner was decided by the audience.
Scandinavian Debut Award
The award went to Norwegian project Wolf, Wolf by director Jon Vatne and producer Gudrun Austli. Production company: Revenka.
The award consists of 50 000 NOK and is awarded to a project in the Scandinavian Debut programme. The 2018 jury included Wendy Mitchell from San Sebastian Film Festival and Screen International, Satu Elo from EAVE, and Cia Edström from the Gothenburg Film Festival.