After a stellar year winning awards in Berlin, South by Southwest, Edinburgh and Melbourne, âNinjababyâ continued its award streak by winning Norway’s top accolades for domestic films, the Amanda Awards. Their awards ceremony kicked off the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Saturday evening.
The second feature film from TV film director Yngvild Sve Flikke (“Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts”), the fiery comedy-drama film won four major categories: director, actress (Kristine Kujath Thorp), supporting actor (Nader Khademi) and screenplay (Johan Fasting, Flikke and Inga H. SÃ»tre).
Flikke’s second feature film is based on SÃ¦tre’s graphic novel, The Art of Falling, âwhich itself won numerous children’s literature awards in 2012 for the Norwegian illustrator. The film follows aspiring artist Rakel, 23, who unexpectedly finds out that she is six months pregnant and the father is not her boyfriend. The story then continues a series of comical, but grounded, twists.
“I am a restless person,” said the Nordic filmmaker Variety. âIf I work on something knowing exactly where it’s going, I’ll be itchy on my back, telling me to change it. I wanted to do [a film] it was as crazy as life can get.
The other big winner of the evening turned out to be âThe Painter and the Thief,â which won the award for Best Picture – the first documentary to win the Amanda Awards since 2002. It also won awards for the editing and documentary, adding to its circuit of successful festivals. raced by winning the Creative Storytelling Award at last year’s Sundance and Best Feature Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival.
Directed by Benjamin Ree and produced by Ingvil Giske, the Norwegian film documents the extraordinary but true story of a painter who befriends the thief who stole two of his paintings.
Ree first found the subject of the film after spending years researching the world of art theft. The painter is Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova, who now resides in Sweden after spending some time in Oslo, where two huge works of her were taken in her first solo exhibition.
The film has been widely hailed as one of the best international documentaries of the past two years for its original storytelling and for sticking to the facts which are however presented in a totally inventive way, including making the film’s subjects active participants. .
âUnbelievable. That’s the word that comes to mind with Benjamin Ree’sâ The Painter and the Thief, âa friendship story stranger than fiction in which truth techniques produce incredible results. Varieties Peter Debruge said in his review.
Another notable winner of the 37th Norwegian Industry Best Film Awards, which were broadcast live on Norwegian TV, is “Betrayed”. He won nine nominations, just behind the first trawl of “Ninjababy” of 11. The first Norwegian feature film to address the persecution of Jews in Norway during WWII in “Betrayed” won two acting awards: Actor for Jakob Oftebro, one of the stars of Saturday’s affair after “Kon-Tiki”, “1864” and “Hamilton”; and actress in a supporting role for Nader Khademi (“Beforeigners”).
The Amanda Committee Honorary Award went to veteran Norwegian filmmaker Oddvar Bull Tuhus, a prominent director in the 1970s who “Maria Marusjka” (1973) won the Norwegian Film Critics’ Award, while ” Streik! ” won a place at the Cannes Film Festival. Tuhus pursued a second career as an NRK Drama manager from 1994 to 2000.
Arts department mechanics specialist Horst Molkenbur won Amanda’s Golden Clapper.
Saturday’s Audience Award, called the People’s Amanda, went to “Generasjon UtÃ¸ya”, a documentary that follows four young women who survived the 2011 domestic terrorist attacks in Norway and continue their political activism ten years later , following events which shook and radically changed the Nordic country. country.
Amanda Prize 2021
âThe Painter and the Thiefâ (Benjamin Ree, Norway)
Yngvild Sve Flikke, (“Ninjababy”, Norway)
Kristine Kujath Thorp, (“Ninjababy”)
Jakob Oftebro, (“Betrayed”, Norway)
Pia Halvorsen, (“Betrayed”)
Nader Khademi, (“Ninjababy”)
Johan Fasting, Yngvild Sve Flikke, Inga H. SÃ¦tre (“Ninjababy)”
“The Painter and the Thief”
Egil HÃ¥skjold Larsen, Victor Kossakovsky (âGundaâ, Norway, United States)
Robert StengÃ¥rd, (“The Painter and the Thief”)
Alexandre Dudarev, (“Gunda”)
Thomas Dybdahl, (âSisters: the summer we found our superpowersâ, Norway)
Ingjerd Meland, Marianne Stranger, Itonje SÃ¸imer Guttormsen, Birgitte Larsen, Nina Buer Brun, (âGrittâ, Norway)
Maria BjÃ¸rnnes Hermansen and Fie Baro for (âProsjekt Zâ, Norway)
Ulrika AxÃ©n and Tobias Eiving, (“Betrayed”)
Dennis Kleyn and Peer Lemmers (âDragon Girlâ, Norway)
“Sisters: the summer we found our superpowers”, Silje Salomonsen, Arild Ãstin Ommundsen “)
âWhat is a woman? (Marin HÃ¥skjold, Norway)
Foreign language film
âAnother Roundâ (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands)
The People’s Amanda
âGeneration Utoyaâ (Aslaug Holm, Sigve Endresen, Norway)
Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapper
The honorary award of the Amanda committee
Oddvar Taurus Tuhus