Lübeck loves Yngve
by Annika Pham
Norwegian film The Man Who Loved Yngve [+see also:
film profile] by Stian Kristiansen won the NDR Best Feature Film worth €12.500 at the 50th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, which closed on Sunday.
The festival jury said of the film: "The Man Who Loved Yngve gives an extremely light, warm and humorous rendition of an emotional coming-out, without depriving the characters of their truthfulness. Stian Kristiansen has directed an elegant debut with smart dialogue and brilliant young actors. Furthermore, the film conveys the zeitgeist of the eighties without becoming a cliché-laden parody.”
Kristiansen’s debut feature also received a Special Mention from the Interfilm Church Prize.
Other Norwegian films rewarded in Lübeck this year were Nils Gaup’s The Kautokeino Rebellion [+see also:
film profile], winner of the LN Audience Award, and the children’s film SOS Summer of Suspense, which picked up Best Film from the Children’s Jury.
Sweden’s The King of Ping Pong [+see also:
film profile] by Jens Jonsson was bestowed the Interfilm Church Prize; Kine Boman’s Herdswoman the Best Documentary Film Award; and One Eye Red by Daniel Wallentin a Special Mention from the Children & Youth Film jury.
The festival’s opening film, Dancers by Denmark’s Pernille Fischer Christensen, won the Baltic Film Prize. Natasha Arty Fighter [+see also:
interview: Cyron Melville
film profile] was awarded the Children’s and Youth Film Prize while Niels Chr. ’Bubber ’ Meyer and his Frode and All the Other Rascals received an Honorary Mention from the Children & Youth Film jury.
Iceland’s No Network by Ari Kristínsson got a Special Mention from the Children’s jury. Around 24,000 people attended the only festival in Germany entirely devoted to films from the North and Northeast of Europe.
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