‘New’ wins Nordic Grand Prix

Sommerfeld, Ellefsen garner thesp nods

COPENHAGEN — Swedish director Geir Hansteen Jorgensen’s “The New Country” won both main prizes in the revamped Nordic Grand Prix at the 29th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund.

At Monday’s opening ceremony, Jorgensen and Gota Film producer Christer Nilson received an award and $5,000 for feature, script writers Peter Birro and Lukas Moodysson (“Show Me Love,” “Together”) a nod for original screenplay.

“The New Country” was originally produced as a four-part television series for Swedish pubcaster SVT Goteborg. After it aired locally to top ratings, Gota Film produced a feature version for international markets; pic was also released domestically by Sonet Film.

The Nordic Grand Prix jury of Sweden’s Daily Variety critic Gunnar Rehlin, Norwegian actress Anneke von der Lippe and Danish director Morten Arnfred also handed out acting kudos to Sara Sommerfeld (for “Wings of Glass”) and Per Christian Ellefsen (for “Elling”).

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