A tie between I Belong and Kon-Tiki: four Amanda prizes each
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Norwegian directors Dag Johan Haugerud’s drama comedy and Joachim Rønning-Espen Sandberg’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated action adventure are the big winners in Haugesund
Norwegian director Dag Johan Haugerud, who launched his feature debut, I Belong (photo), at the 2012 Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, returned this year to receive four Amandas – Norway’s national film prizes, which were announced on Friday (August 16) during a televised ceremony at the Rica-Maritim Hall in Haugesund.
Haugerud’s own story of three women, who all have a small soft spot in their personality and are hit hard when their idiosyncrasies meet the light of day, was nominated in six categories, and won four ao Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated action adventure was considered in eight categories, and collected four awards, including Best Actor and the Audience Choice.
I Belong, which was also named Best Norwegian Film 2012 by the Norwegian Critics Association, has taken app 30,000 admissions in Norwegian cinemas since its September 2012 release, while Kon-Tiki [+see also:
film profile] is close to 900,000. The two productions also played to a draw, when the Norwegian film workers’ eight unions awarded their Cannon prizes (April) – five prizes each.
FULL LIST OF AMANDA WINNERS 2013:
Best Feature: I Belong. Dir: Dag Johan Haugerud
Best Children’s Film: Ploddy the Police Car on the Case. Dirs: Rasmus Sivertsen, Rune Spaans. Prods: Aage Aaberge, Live Bonnevie, for Neofilm
Best Cinematography: Arild Østin Ommundsen, for It’s Only Make Believe. Dir: Ommundsen
Best Stage/Production Design: Karl Júliusson, for Kon-Tiki (Dirs: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg)
Best Visual Effects: Arne Kaupang, Storm Studios, for Kon-Tiki
Best Actress: Laila Goody, for I Belong
Best Actor: Pål SverreHagen, for Kon-Tiki
Best Supporting Actor: Fridtjof Såheim, for Victoria (Dir: Torun Lian)
Best Original Screenplay: Dag Johan Haugerud, for I Belong
Best Director: Dag Johan Haugerud, for I Belong
The Audience Choice: Kon-Tiki
Best Newcomer (Viasat Prize): Kaia Varjord, for 90 Minutes
Best Documentary: Nowhere Home. Dir/Prod: Margreth Olin, for Speranza Film
Best Short: Magnus – en vårdag. Dir: Magnus Lilleberg. Prods: Christoffer Næss, Per Kristian Lomsdalen, for Munin Film
The Honorary Amanda: Norwegian writer, director and producer Bent Hamer
The Golden Clapperboard: Norwegian continuity supervisor Irmelin Wister
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