Blind saw the light in Haugesund, taking home four Amanda awards


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 GjerdrumStein 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 AndersonLetter to the King[+]. Dir:Hisham Zaman

Best Supporting Actor: Herbert NordrumCrack, Back & Sack. Dir: Johan Kaos

Best Director: Eskil Vogt, for Blind

Best Children’s Film: The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig[+]. Prod:Cornelia Boysen, forMaipo. Dir: Rasmus A Sivertsen

Best Documentary:Light Fly, Fly High. Dirs/Prods: Susann ØstigaardBeathe Hofseth, for Fri film

Best Short: Amazon. Dir: Marianne Ulrichsen. Prods: Ragna Midtgard, Maria Ekerhovd, for Mer Film

Best Original Screenplay: Hisham ZamanMehmet Aktas, for Letter to the King

Best Visual Effects: Jeppe Nygaard ChristensenIvan Kondrup JensenRikke Hovgaard JørgensenArne 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 JúlíussenPioneer

Best Foreign Feature: The Great Beauty[+] (Italy). Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Local distr: SF Norge

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

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.