Both nominated in seven categories, Norwegian directors Eskil Vogt’s Blind[+] and Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night[+] were the big winners at the Amanda awards ceremony (16 August), where the Norwegian film industry celebrated local filmmakers presenting them with the 2.5kg national film prizes.
At Haugesund’s Maritim Hall, preceding the opening of the Norwegian International Film Festival on Sunday, Blind collected four awards, including Best Director and Best Actress (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), while A Thousand Times Good Night was named Best Norwegian Feature
Hosted by Norwegian actor Ingar Helge Gimle, the televised ceremony marked the 30thanniversary of the Amanda awards, initiated by the festival and then Norwegian director-producer Bente Erichsen, now director of Oslo’s Nobel Peace Centre, and this year’s jury president.
The name derives from an old sea shanty, Amanda from Haugesund, about a woman from the 1920s, Amanda Sofie Stangeland Lura, a widow, a single mother of five, with a disputable reputation, who sold liquor to sailors during prohibition time.
Full list of Amanda 2014 awards:
Best Norwegian Feature: A Thousand Times Good Night. Prods: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B Kvae, for Paradox. Dir: Erik Poppe
Best Actress: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, for Blind
Best Actor: Aksel Hennie, for Pioneer[+]
Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role: Ivan Anderson, Letter to the King[+]. Dir:Hisham Zaman
Best Supporting Actor: Herbert Nordrum, Crack, Back & Sack. Dir: Johan Kaos
Best Director: Eskil Vogt, for Blind
Best Documentary:Light Fly, Fly High. Dirs/Prods: Susann Østigaard, Beathe Hofseth, for Fri film
Best Short: Amazon. Dir: Marianne Ulrichsen. Prods: Ragna Midtgard, Maria Ekerhovd, for Mer Film
Best Original Screenplay: Hisham Zaman, Mehmet Aktas, for Letter to the King
Best Visual Effects: Jeppe Nygaard Christensen, Ivan Kondrup Jensen, Rikke Hovgaard Jørgensen, Arne Kaupang, for Ragnarok[+]. Dir: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Best Editing: Jens Christian Fodstad, for Blind
Best Musical Score: Armand Amar, for A Thousand Times Good Night
Best Sound Design: Gisle Tveito, for Blind
Best Cinematography: John Christian Rosenlund, for A Thousand Times Good Night
Best Production Design: Karl Júlíussen, Pioneer
The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapper: Make-up artist and wig maker June Paalgard
The People’s Amanda: Ragnarok
The Amanda Committee’s Honorary Award: Actress Elsa Lystad