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Pix vie for Norway’s Amanda kudos

Awards to be handed out Aug. 22

Two Norwegian first features, Jens Lien’s “Jonny Vang” and Pal Oie’s “Dark Woods,” will compete with “Kitchen Stories” (Bent Hamer’s entry in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes) for this year’s film Amanda, the local film awards, it was announced Thursday.

The two feature debuts will also slug it out for actor, for Aksel Hennie and Kristoffer Joner, respectively. Eirik Junge Eliassen (Erik Smith’s “Burnt Nigger”), Lena Endre (Unni Straume’s “Music for Weddings and Funerals”), and Gitte Jørgensen (Gunnar Vikene’s “Falling Sky”) will also be considered for a thesp’s award.

The children’s film nominees are Benedicte Maria Orvung’s “Disa Moves to Japan,” Sara Johnsen’s “Houdini’s Dog” and Peder Norlund’s “Wolf Summer.”

Swedish director Josef Fares’ “Kops,” which has taken 275,000 admissions in Norway, is up for Foreign Feature against “Chicago” and “The Hours,” which it has outgrossed — while it has a long way to go to beat the other two nominations, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”

The Amandas, as well as a new Canal Plus $7,000 prize for Nordic Newcomer, will be awarded at a televised ceremony from Haugesund’s Rica Maritim Hall on Aug. 22, during the 31st Norwegian Intl. Film Festival.

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