The Norwegian thriller Thelma [+], which is the latest film from Joachim Trier [+], has won the Méliès d’Or 2017 for European fantastic film.

The ceremony took place on the 3rd of November in Trieste, and was hosted by the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival. It marked the culmination of a unique cycle of ongoing competitions held by sixteen members of the EFFFF (European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation). Founded in 1987, the EFFFF has become the world’s largest festival network with twenty-two film festivals from seventeen countries and a global reach of more than half a million visitors, making it a vital player in the promotion of European genre cinema.

The eight nominees for the Méliès d’Or were Cold Hell from Germany, Sum of Histories from Belgium, The Bar from Spain, Small Town Killers [+] from Denmark, Skins from Spain, Let the Corpses Tan from France/Belgium, Snowflake from Germany and Thelma from Norway.

Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

Thelma has just been released in the US and UK.