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Danish film takes top honor at Norwegian fest

Danish director Soren Kragh-Jacobsen’s love story “Mifune” was awarded the Nordic Amanda, the Nordic territories highest film prize Saturday at a ceremony that wrapped the 27th edition of the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival.

It is the second time in as many years that the Danes have walked off with the panregional version of an Oscar. Last year, the award went to Danish director Thomas Vinterberg for his film “The Celebration.”

The ceremony and eight-day festival took place in the Norwegian coastal town of Haugesund, where Norway’s top stars, filmers from every corner of the industry and paparazzi gather annually to honor members of the biz and screen the latest international, panregional and local films.

Packed house

The fest this year drew as many as 40,000 film fans and some 1,200 professionals. Most of the awards center around Norwegian film but the Nordic Amanda, given out for the sixth year in a row, reflects an increasingly panregional and international direction fest director Gunnar Lovvik wants this event to take.

“Only Clouds Move the Stars,” a film which already has been sold to some 16 territories around the world, took home the Amanda for best Norwegian film, while Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s “Show Me Love” beat out contenders like Roberto Benigni’s “Life Is Beautiful” and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” for best foreign film.

‘Hangover’ honored

Norwegian legit star Ingar Helge Jimle was awarded an Amanda for best Norwegian actor in the film “Absolute Hangover,” while co-star soap and legit actress Brit Elizabeth Haagensli also took home an award for best Norwegian actress.

The fest, which usually starts mid-August, will be moved up to the end of August next year.

“We’re hoping to lure members of the industry to stop off here before going on to Venice,” program director Christin Berg told Daily Variety.

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