Amanda kudos salute elephant pic

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Norwegian helmer Christopher Nielsen’s $16 million CGI feature “Free Jimmy” won the Amanda award for feature in Haugesund, where the 34th Norwegian Film Festival wrapped Thursday.

Screened in Critics Week at Cannes, “Free Jimmy” is the story of a drug-addicted elephant who escapes the circus.

Pic, produced by Lars Andreas Hellebust for Storm Studio, is closing in on 200,000 admissions domestically and will shortly be released on 70 prints in Sweden.

Jens Lien’s “The Bothersome Man,” produced by Tordenfilm’s Jorgen Storm Rosenberg and also screened at Cannes, won Amandas for director, actor (Trond Fausa Aurvag) and screenplay (Per Schreiner).

German helmer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Life of Others,” about the horrifying system of observation in the former East Germany, won the Norwegian Film Critics Award while Jason Reitman’s “Thank You for Smoking” bagged audience award.

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