Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, was the biggest winner at Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival on Wednesday night, scooping its top prize in the main program. Kudos were awarded by Norwegian film critics. The film is distributed by Arthaus in Norway.
Justifying its award, the jury highlighted Sturla Brandth Grovlen’s virtuoso camerawork, which won Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at this year’s Berlinale. Norwegian-born cinematographer Brandth Grovlen also shot Icelands’ Cannes Un Certain Regard winner ”Rams, which also screened at Haugesund: He is without doubt one of Scandinavia’s – and Europe’s – fastest rising stars.
A honorary mention went to Joachim Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs,” which closed the festival.
The audience award went to Jaco van Dormael’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight standout “The Brand New Testament,” which also won the “Bringer of Happiness” prize. The film is to be released locally by Another World Entertainment.
A special mention in the same category went to Norwegian documentary “Rebels,” directed by Kari Anne Moe, and the festival’s opening film.
The Ecumenical Award was awarded to the road movie and Albert Camus adaptation “Far From Men,” directed by David Oelhoffen, starring Viggo Mortensen, and distributed in Norway by Storytelling Media.
Director Bille August was the recipient of this year’s Haugesund honorary prize; his regular lead, Ghita Norby, Denmark’s top actress, was given the Liv Ullmann honorary award. The fest also screened their most recent collaboration, “Silent Heart.” Both were present at the Haugesund City Hall to receive their prizes.
Longtime festival director Gunnar Johan Løvvik and sound designer Gisle Tvetio, a Joachim Trier regular, were awarded Aamot statuettes, Film & Kino’s special honorary plaudit.