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The Wave takes the prize for Best Norwegian Feature of 2016

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- Roar Uthaug’s latest feature won the top Amanda and another two, while Joachim Trier’s Louder than Bombs took home four awards

The Wave takes the prize for Best Norwegian Feature of 2016
Actress Anne Marit Jacobsen with her Honorary Award

Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
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.

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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:
film review
trailer
film focus
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 ByrneIsabelle HuppertJesse 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:
film review
trailer
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:
trailer
interview: Halkawt Mustafa
film profile
]
.

Here is the full list of this year’s Amanda Award winners:

Best Norwegian Feature
The Wave [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile
]
– Roar Uthaug 

Best Norwegian Children’s Feature
Two Buddies and a Badger [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Rasmus Sivertsen, Rune Spaans

Audience Amanda for Best Norwegian Feature
El Clásico [+see also:
trailer
interview: Halkawt Mustafa
film profile
]
 – Halkawt Mustafa

Best Director
Joachim Trier – Louder than Bombs [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]

Best Actress
Liv Bernhoft Osa – Pyromaniac [+see also:
trailer
interview: Erik Skjoldbjærg
film profile
]

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bock – Revenge [+see also:
trailer
interview: Kjersti G Steinsbø
film profile
]

Best Actor
Anders Baasmo Christiansen – Welcome to Norway! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rune Denstad Langlo
film profile
]

Best Supporting Actor
Olivier Mukuta – Welcome to Norway! 

Best Original Screenplay
Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier – Louder than Bombs

Best Cinematography
Jakob Ihre – Louder than Bombs 

Best Editing
Olivier Bugge Coutté – Louder than Bombs

Best Production Design
Karl Júliusson – Doctor Proctor Bubble in the Bathtub [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

Best Visual Effects
Lars Erik Hansen – The Wave

Best Sound Design
Christian Schaanning – The Wave

Best Musical Score
Trond Bjerknæs – El Clásico

Best Foreign Feature
Virgin Mountain [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Dagur Kári (Iceland)

Best Documentary
Dugma - The Button – Paul Refsdal 

Best Short
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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