The Painter and the Thief trionfa agli Amanda 2021
di Jan Lumholdt
- La tripla vittoria del film di Benjamin Ree, con l'aggiunta dei premi a Gunda e a Generation Utøya, segna un anno importante per i documentari ai premi nazionali del cinema norvegesi
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A piece of history was made at the 37th edition of the Norwegian national film awards, the Amanda ceremony, which took place as usual on the opening night of the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. The winner in the Best Norwegian Feature Film category turned out to be the first documentary to snag the trophy since 2002, when Even Benestad’s All About My Father got the honour. This time around, top medallist The Painter and the Thief [+leggi anche:
intervista: Benjamin Ree
scheda film] also managed to pick up the Best Documentary Award, plus Best Editing – a real win-win.
Having premiered at Sundance this January and originally planned as a short by director Benjamin Ree, The Painter and the Thief chronicles the aftermath of the theft of two paintings at an art gallery, after which the robber and the robbed unexpectedly form a deep friendship spanning the years to come. The film has seen solid festival success, has been sold to 45 territories and was shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards. To boot, the friendship between painter Barbora Kysilkova and thief Karl-Bertil Nordland (now going straight) still endures.
This year’s top contender in terms of the number of nominations, the drama-comedy Ninjababy [+leggi anche:
intervista: Yngvild Sve Flikke
scheda film], managed to cash in on four awards out of its 11 nods, with accolades for director Yngvild Sve Flikke, actors Kristine Kujath Thorp and Nader Khademi, and the screenwriting team of Sve Flikke, Johan Fasting and Inga H Sætre. Other acting awards went to Jakob Oftebro and Pia Halvorsen in the World War II drama Betrayed [+leggi anche:
scheda film], which also won for Best Production Design. The curious pig documentary Gunda [+leggi anche:
scheda film], another well-travelled Oscar shortlister, won for Best Cinematography and Sound Design, and yet another internationally acclaimed entry, Gritt [+leggi anche:
intervista: Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
scheda film], picked up the Best Costumes gong. This strong year for documentaries was furthermore confirmed by the Audience Award winner, Generation Utøya [+leggi anche:
scheda film], an account commemorating the decade since the 2011 Utøya terror attacks, focusing on four young female survivors.
The Amanda Awards are voted for and chosen by 15 appointed representatives of the Norwegian film industry. The host of this year’s ceremony was comedian-actor Odd-Magnus Williamson.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Kristine Kujath Thorp – Ninjababy
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Pia Halvorsen – Betrayed
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nader Khademi – Ninjababy
Johan Fasting, Yngvild Sve Flikke and Inga H Sætre – Ninjababy
Robert Stengård – The Painter and the Thief
The Painter and the Thief - Benjamin Ree
Best Children’s Film
Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers – Silje Salomonsen and Arild Østin Ommundsen (Norway)
Best Short Film
What Is a Woman – Marin Håskjold (Norway)
Best Sound Design
Alexander Dudarev – Gunda
Best Original Score
Thomas Dybdahl – Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers
Ingjerd Meland, Marianne Stranger, Itonje Søimer Guttormsen, Birgitte Larsen and Nina Buer Brun – Gritt [+leggi anche:
intervista: Itonje Søimer Guttormsen
scheda film] (Norway)
Maria Bjørnnes Hermansen and Fie Baro – Projekt Z (Norway)
Best Production Design
Ulrika Axén and Tobias Eiving – Betrayed
Best Visual Effects
Dennis Kleyn and Peer Lemmers – Dragon Girl (Norway)
The Amanda Committee Honorary Award
Director-screenwriter-producer Oddvar Bull Tuhus
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