The Wave takes the prize for Best Norwegian Feature of 2016
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Roar Uthaug’s latest feature won the top Amanda and another two, while Joachim Trier’s Louder than Bombs took home four awards
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile], which took more than 800,000 domestic admissions, to become Norway’s number-one chartbuster in 2015 (and number seven of all time), received the Amanda – Norway’s national film prize – for Best Norwegian Feature at the awards ceremony in Haugesund’s Maritim Hall, which rounded off the 2016 Norwegian International Film Festival.
The movie is based on a real-life event: Norway’s only tsunami in 1934, when a landslide dropped two million cubic metres of rock into the water near Tafjord, triggering a 200-foot-high wave that left 40 people dead. The film was also awarded for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Design.
Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s Louder than Bombs [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile] – Norway’s first entry in the Cannes competition for 36 years – collected four Amandas: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Trier’s third – and first English-language – feature stars an international cast comprising Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid, in a drama about a father confronting his two sons about their different feelings towards the death of their mother, a famous war photographer.
During the evening, Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro, who hosted the awards ceremony televised by Norwegian pubcaster TV2, had a brief discussion with a non-programmed visitor, German-Irish actor Michael Fassbender, who plays the lead in Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s UK-US multi-million-pound production of The Snowman [+see also:
film profile], which was filmed in Norway earlier this year.
Finally, Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen earned his second Amanda for his role in Rune Denstad Langlo’s Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
film profile], while Norwegian audiences voted for Norwegian-Kurdish director Halkawt Mustafa’s football and love drama El Clásico [+see also:
interview: Halkawt Mustafa
Here is the full list of this year’s Amanda Award winners:
Best Supporting Actor
Olivier Mukuta – Welcome to Norway!
Best Original Screenplay
Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier – Louder than Bombs
Jakob Ihre – Louder than Bombs
Olivier Bugge Coutté – Louder than Bombs
Best Visual Effects
Lars Erik Hansen – The Wave
Best Sound Design
Christian Schaanning – The Wave
Best Musical Score
Trond Bjerknæs – El Clásico
Dugma - The Button – Paul Refsdal
Cold Shivers –Marius Myrmel
The Amanda Committee’s Honorary Award
Anne Marit Jacobsen (actress)
The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapperboard
Norsk Film Kostyme (Norsk Film’s costume department at Jar)
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