Nordic films awarded in Haugesund

Nordic films have picked up several awards at the most recent Norwegian international Film Festival in Haugesund.

The Ray of Sunshine award went to Benjamin Ree’s chess champion documentary Magnus, which the jury said “is a film where the human being is at the centre, proving how love and community can bring out the very best in us.”

“This is the story of an extraordinary human being and talent, and through tight and respectful dramaturgy, as well as a good helping of humour, we get deeply under the skin of its protagonist.”

The ecumenical Andreas Award went to Anne Fontaine’s French drama Agnus Dei.

The FIPRESCI Award went to The Day Will Come from Denmark’s Jesper W Nielsen.

In the Co-production market, the best project award went to Katja Naess’ Amundsen & Nobile.

The Next Nordic Generation Award went to I’ll Try Again,directed by Jo Widerberg from Akademin Valand in Sweden.

The new Eurimages Lab Project Award, with $56,000 (€50,000), went to Katrin Olafsdottir from Iceland for The Wind Blew On. The award was for most promising cutting-edge film presented as a work in progress.


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.