Norwegian films sweep Lübeck awards

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The directors of three Norwegian films snared top prizes at Nordic Film Days in Lübeck over the weekend. Among the winners was the director of Norway’s candidate for the Oscar, Jeg er din (I am yours), Iram Haq.

Three Norwegian directors won top prizes and one a special mention at a large Nordic and Baltic film festival over the weekend. From left: Christian Lo, Iram Haq, Kari Anne Moe and actor Tobias Santelmann (I am Yours/Chasing the Wind). PHOTO: Norwegian Film Institute/Sigurd Moe Hetland

Three Norwegian directors won top prizes and one a special mention at a large Nordic and Baltic film festival over the weekend. From left: Christian Lo, Iram Haq, Kari Anne Moe and actor Tobias Santelmann (I am Yours/Chasing the Wind). PHOTO: Norwegian Film Institute/Sigurd Moe Hetland

Norway’s official submission for the Academy Award shared the top prize with the Danish firm Nordvest (Northwest), with Haq in turn winning half of the main EUR 12,500. The festival is the largest for Nordic, Baltic and regional Schleswig-Holstein film.

In addition to Jeg er din winning the award for Best Feature Film, director Kari Anne Moe took the EUR 2,500 prize for Best Documentary with her film Til ungdommen (Bravehearts), about victims and survivors of the July 22, 2011 massacre on the island of Utøya.

The Norwegian film De tøffeste gutta (The Tough Guys) also won the prize for Best Children’s Movie, with its director Christian Lo collecting the EUR 5,000 prize. Yet another Norwegian director, Rune Denstad Langlo, received a Special Mention at the Nordic Film Days for his film Jag etter vind (Chasing the Wind).

The event screened 160 films, 37 of which were Norwegian.

newsinenglish.no staff