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Rouen crowns Upperdog

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Last weekend, Norwegian director Sara Johnsen picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the 23rd Rouen Nordic Film Festival for her second feature: Upperdog [+see also:
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(see news).

Having arrived in Rouen with a slew of prizes already under its belt, Klaus Härö’s Finnish film Letters to Father Jacob [+see also:
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(see news) took home three awards: Best Actress (Kaarina Hazard), Best Actor (Heikki Nousiainen), and the Audience Award.

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Meanwhile, the Young European Jury Award went to Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur’s White Night Wedding [+see also:
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(see news).

The Rouen fest also dedicated a retrospective to Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, whose latest work, Valhalla Rising [+see also:
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]
, has enjoyed a very successful first week in French theatres, achieving the fourth highest weekly per-screen average, despite stiff competition. The title was released by Le Pacte and Wild Side on 27 screens.

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(Translated from French)

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