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NOMINATIONS Norway

Reprise, Sons and Uro lead Amanda nominations

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With four nominations each, the award-winning directorial debuts of Joachim Trier (Reprise [+see also:
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), Erik Richter Strand (Sons [+see also:
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) and Stefan Faldbakken (Uro [+see also:
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) are topping the list of this year’s Amanda Awards nominations (Norwegian Oscars).

Joachim Trier will go head on against Erik Richter Strand for Best Norwegian Film, Best Director, Best Script, and Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Victoria Winge in Reprise and Henrik Mestad in Sons). Uro will run for Best Film, Actor (Nicolai Cleve Broch), Actress, (Ane Dahl Torp) and Supporting Role (Ingar Helge Gimle).

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The surprise comes from the Norwegian director of Kurdish origin Hisham Zaman whose 52 minutes feature debut Winterland has three nominations for Best Film, Script and Lead Actor (Raouf Saraj). Zaman won an Amanda in 2005 for his short film Bawke.

Four other Norwegian films have two nominations each: Marius Holst’s refugee drama Mirush [+see also:
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the chiller and box office hit Cold Prey [+see also:
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by Roar Uthaug, Eva Dahl’s romantic film Mars & Venus, and Bård Breien’s quality debut The Art of Negative Thinking [+see also:
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Three films are competing in the Children and Youth Film category: the animated film Elias and The Royal Yacht by Espen Fyksen and Lise I.Osvoll, Hanne Myren’s Girls and Gunnar Vikene’s Trigger [+see also:
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In the Best Foreign Film category, Olivier Dahan’s French film La vie en rose [+see also:
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(ranked 16 at the Norwegian Top 20 with over 84,000 tickets sold for Sandrew Metronome) will compete against Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Babel and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed.

The Amanda Award which ends the film year 2006/2007 is organised by the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute. The Awards ceremony will take place on Friday August 17, 2007 at Haugesund’s Concert Hall.

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