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Beware of Children wins big at the Kanon Awards

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- Dag Johan Haugerud’s drama has scooped four prizes, closely followed by Maria Sødahl’s Hope, the recipient of three awards

Beware of Children wins big at the Kanon Awards
Beware of Children by Dag Johan Haugerud

Last week, the recipients of the prestigious Kanon Awards, the Norwegian film industry’s most important prizes, were announced during Trondheim’s Kosmorama Film Festival (2-8 March 2020). Dag Johan Haugerud’s Beware of Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dag Johan Haugerud
film profile
]
has emerged as this year’s big winner. Four prizes were bestowed upon this production – namely, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing.

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Haugerud’s film examines the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle-class suburb of Oslo. During a break at school, 13-year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high-profile right-wing politician. When Jamie later dies in hospital, contradictory versions of what actually happened risk making a difficult and traumatic situation even worse. Throughout the film, Liv, the school’s principal and the secret lover of Jamie’s father, must find the strength to confront a community in distress and her own highly conflicted emotions.

Meanwhile, Maria Sødahl’s drama Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maria Sødahl
film profile
]
scooped three awards (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Production Design). Other important prizes were received by some recent big hits of Norwegian cinema, such as Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile
]
and Martin Lund’s Psychobitch [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
.

In total, 21 domestic productions were in the running for the 2020 edition.

Here is the list of this year’s award winners:

Best Direction
Dag Johan Haugerud - Beware of Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dag Johan Haugerud
film profile
]
(Norway/Sweden)

Best Script
Dag Johan Haugerud - Beware of Children

Best Actor
Jan Gunnar Røise - Beware of Children

Best Actress
Andrea Bræin Hovig - Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maria Sødahl
film profile
]
(Norway/Sweden)

Best Supporting Actor or Actress
Gjertrud L Jynge - Hope

Best Editing
Jens Christian Fodstad - Beware of Children

Best Production Design
Jørgen Stangebye Larsen - Hope

Best Cinematography
Rasmus Videbæk - Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile
]
(Norway/Sweden/Denmark)

Best Sound Design
Gisle Tveito - Out Stealing Horses

Best Producer
Ruben Thorkildsen - Psychobitch [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Norway)

Best Film Score
Ginge Anvik - The Ash Lad: In Search of the Golden Castle (Norway)

Kosmorama Audience Award
Uncle [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Frelle Petersen (Denmark)

New Directors Award
A Son [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
film profile
]
- Mehdi M Barsaoui (Tunisia/France/Lebanon/Qatar)

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