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, 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)