Norwegian director Bent Hamer, whose “Kitchen Stories” won the Europa Cinema distribution prize in Directors Fortnight at Cannes, scooped the Amanda for film at the 31st Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund on Friday.
Hamer’s BulBul Film production has been picked up in 14 countries including the U.S. (IFC Films).
Swedish actress Lena Endre won the actress award for Unni Straume’s “Music for Weddings and Funerals,” Norway’s first entry in Venice since 1986, while Aksel Hennie bagged the actor kudo for Jens Lien’s “Jonny Vang.”
Peder Norlund’s “Wolf Summer” nabbed the Children and Young Audiences’ prize. It has now exceeded 250,000 admissions domestically. Lars Berg’s “Fox Greenland” won the TV film section.
The Camera d’Or winner at Cannes, Danish director Christoffer Boe’s “Reconstruction” won the Canal Plus Amanda for Nordic Newcomer.
A Scanbox release in Scandinavia, U.K. director Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours” was voted best foreign feature.
The 20-year career of Norwegian producer John M. Jacobsen — whose “Sleepwalker” will be remade by Intermedia with Richard Gere in the lead — received an honoray Amanda.
The Haugesund fest, which wrapped Saturday, was concluded by the New Nordic Films market for features from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, boasting 13 market premieres and a record 270 participants.