Kristoffer Joner most popular actor
by Annika Pham
33-year old actor Kristoffer Joner who stars in Sara Johnsen’s Vinterkyss [+see also:
film profile] (Kissed By Winter), was voted Best actor in the 100 years of Norwegian filmmaking at the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) which closed last Sunday night. Joner who was on stage at Bergen’s National Theatre to receive the award, shared this prestigious acting award with veteran actress Liv Ullmann.
Joner’s first feature film appearance was in Pål Jackman’s Detektor in 2000. Among the following Norwegian films for which he won critical praise are the 2002 productions Pål Øie’s Willmark and Gunnar Vikene’s Falling Sky for which he won a Golden Swan award for Best actor at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in 2003. More recently, Joner was crowned Best Actor at the 2005 Amanda Awards (local Oscars), and he plays the male lead in Sara Johnsen’s Vinterkyss which represents Norway in the race for the Oscars 2006 nominations in the Best foreign film category. Joner will next appear in High School Teacher Pedersen, the new feature film by the director of Aberdeen Hans Petter Moland set to be released by Sandrew Metronome Norge on February 2006.
As part of the 100 years celebration of Norwegian filmmaking at the BIFF, the late director Arne Skouen was voted Best filmmaker ever for the 16 films he made from 1949 to 1969, and his 1957 war drama Nine Lives was elected Best Norwegian film by the jury. But the most popular Norwegian film ever for Norwegians who could vote on the internet is Ivo Caprino’s 1975 animated film Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (t.o.Flåklypa Grand Prix).
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