In a move to further strengthen and promote the Norwegian film industry, Nordisk Film announced the winner of this years Nordisk Film Award in Norway, with the prize going to El Clásico

The talents that were awarded were scriptwriter Anders Fagerholt and director and scriptwriter Halkawt Mustafa for their screenplay.

The prize is awarded by the Nordisk Film Foundation with the aim of strengthening and promoting talents in the Norwegian film industry. The prize serves as an opportunity to strengthen the Norwegian film environment and culture. The recipient is recognised for their effort in Norwegian film, and the prize also serves as inspiration for others.

El Clásico tells the story of two Kurdish people in Iraq who risk their lives to fulfil their dream, which is to meet football hero Cristiano Ronaldo. The jury said of El Clásico:

El Clásico challenges us on what is a Norwegian film. It challenges us with its originality in a touching and fun way on how masculinity is defined. But it challenges film makers and audiences even more on who can be the main characters in a film, in an era where everything is becoming more and more streamlined, commercial and polished.”

Image source: Nordisk Film

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.