'Lilya,' 'Falling' also nabs prizes, 'Blue' tops Asian pix

COPENHAGEN — Icelandic director Dagur Kári’s feature debut “Noi the Albino,” which won a Tiger award at last month’s Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam, has scored the $25,000 Nordic Film prize and a Film Fox statuette at Sweden’s 26th Göteborg Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday.

The $1.4 million Icelandic-Danish-British-German production, which The Coproduction Office in Rotterdam licensed to France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Austria, also returned from Scandinavia’s largest film event with the Fipresci international critics award.

Pic stars Icelandic-French actor Tómas Lemarquis as a 17-year-old boy who dreams of escaping his remote home in Northern Iceland.

Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s “Lilya 4-ever,” the country’s submission for an Oscar nomination in the foreign-lingo category, won Göteborg’s own award, while Canal Plus’ Nordic Script Award went to Norwegian director Gunnar Vikene for his feature debut, “Falling Sky.”

The Netpac prize for Asian film was bagged by Taiwanese director Yee Chih-yen’s “Blue Gate Crossing,” and Norwegian photographer Harald Paalgaard won the Kodak Nordic Vision Award for Icelandic director Fridrik Thór Fridriksson’s “Falcons.”

New festival director Jannike Ahlund’s first event took a record number of 116,950 admissions for 670 screenings and 59 seminar programs.

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