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AWARDS Norway

Reprise scoops up three top awards

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Joachim Trier’s Reprise [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
film profile
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(see Focus), the favourite at this year’s Amandas (top Norwegian film honours), won three top awards – Best Film, Director and Screenplay – at last Friday night’s annual awards ceremony in Haugesund.

The Amandas are the icing on the cake for Trier, who has been collecting awards at international film festivals over the last year, since Reprise’s successful launch at Karlovy Vary 2006, where it won Best Director and Don Quixote Awards.

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The film, produced by 4½ Production, was also Norway’s representative for the 2007 Oscars nominations. Reprise is currently on German screens (MFA Film Distribution), on Dutch screens (A Film) and will open in the UK on September 7 (Diffusion Pictures).

First-time filmmaker Roar Uthaug’s chilling Cold Prey [+see also:
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interview: Roar Uthaug
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, the second biggest Norwegian hit in 2006, won Best Audience Award and Best Actress (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal). “It’s great to have the Audience Award as it is for the audience we made the film”, said Uthaug when collecting the Amandas. AB Svensk Filmindustri is handling world sales.

Henrik Mestad deservedly won the Best Supporting Actor prize for his difficult role as a paedophile in Sons [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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, the feature debut by Erik Richter Strand, while the Best Actor Amanda went to Raouf Sarai for his part as a Kurdish refugee living in a remote area in northern Norway in Hisham Zaman’s Winterland.

Full list of 2007Amanda Awards:

People’s Amanda (Audience Award)
Cold Prey by Roar Uthaug

Best Norwegian Film
Reprise by Joachim Trier, produced by Karin Julsrud (4½ Production)

Best Director
Joachim Trier, Reprise

Best Actor
Raouf Saraj, Winterland

Best Actress
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Cold Prey

Best Supporting Actor
Henrik Mestad, Sons

Best Script
Reprise, Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier

Best Childrens and Youth Film
Girls by Hanne Myren

Best Short Film
Janus by Linda Fagerli Sæthren

Best Documentary Film
Girls by Hanne Myren

Best Foreign Film
The Departed, Martin Scorsese

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