Haugesund: ‘Burning’ Tops Norway’s Amanda Awards

Car Race Comedy Scoops Four Kudos

Burning” proved the big winner at Norway’s Amanda Awards, held Saturday night. The popular car race comedy, directed by feature freshman Hallvard Braein, scooped four awards, including best picture.

Organized annually at the Haugesund Film Festival and televised on national TV, the Norwegian film gala celebrated its 30th edition.

Seeing its international premiere at Sweden’s Goteborg Festival in January, “Burning” also won best actor in a supporting role (Henrik Mestad), sound design (Fredric Vogel and Petter Fladeby) and the People’s Amanda, by popular vote.

Dramedy ”Here Is Harold” snagged two awards, Simon Pramsten for cinematography and Bjorn Sundquist for actor, the latter beating out Colin Farrell, who was nominated for his performance in Liv Ullmann’s Strindberg adaptation ”Miss Julie.”.It was Sundquist’s fifth Amanda, the most any one has ever won.

For the first time, the best director statuette went to a documentary filmmaker, Aslaug Holm for ”Brothers.” Newcomer Ine Marie Wilmann was awarded best actress for her performance in the Sundance-premiered drama ”Homesick.”

Acclaimed Norwegian director Bent Hamer won best script for ”1001 Gram,” whereas Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” distributed by Arthaus in Norway, was named best foreign film. “Interstellar,” “Whiplash,” “Winter Sleep” and “Wild Tales” were also among the nominees.

Notably, Joachim Trier’s Palme d’Or contender “Louder Than Bombs,” which will close the Haugesund Film Festival next week, bows nationally in October, so it wasn’t eligible for this year’s Amanda Awards.

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