Youth drama wins top prizes at Amanda event

HAUGESUND – Youth drama “Upperdog” was the big winner when the Norwegian Amanda Awards were handed out in Haugesund Friday night.

Pic, which previously nabbed the Grand Jury Prize at the Nordic Film Fest in Rouen, walked away with five awards: Norwegian feature, director (Sara Johnsen), actress (Agnieszka Grochowska), cinematography (John Andreas Andersen) and editor (Zaklina Stojcevska).

Pic, which premiered at last year’s Haugesund Film Fest, centers on four Oslo youths, two of whom are separated Vietnamese siblings.

Swede Stellan Skarsgard nabbed the prize for actor for his part in Hans Petter Moland’s “A Somewhat Gentle Man.” Pic has been bought by Strand Releasing for distribution in the U.S.

Amanda awards:

Norwegian feature: “Upperdog”

Kids’ film: “Twigson”

Director: Sara Johnsen for “Upperdog”

Actress: Agnieszka Grochowska for “Upperdog”

Actor: Stellan Skarsgard for “A Somewhat Gentle Man”

Supporting actress: Gunilla Roor for “The Angel”

Supporting actor: Ingar Helge Gimle for “An Ordinary Day at Work”

Script: Gunnar Vikene and Torun Lian for “Vegas”

Cinematography: John Andreas Andersen for “Upperdog”

Production design: Harald Egede-Nissen for “Twigson”

Visual effects: Qvisten Animation/Ove Heiborg for “Twigson”

Music: Thomas Dybdahl for “Rat Nights”

Editor: Zaklina Stojcevska for “Upperdog”

Sound design: Tormod Ringnes for “Pelle the Police Car”

Documentary: “Brothers in War” by Oystein Rakkenes

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