A film about how Norway’s King Haakon VII refused to capitulate to invading Nazi German forces in 1940 won eight Amanda prizes, Norway’s equivalent of the Oscars, over the weekend. The prizes are dealt out at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
Kongens nei (The King’s ‘no’) won for best Norwegian cinema film, best supporting male actor (Karl Markovics), best script (written by Harald Rosenløw and Jan Trygve Røyneland), and best production design/scenography, visual effects, music, editing and sound design.
The public’s prize (Folkets Amanda), went to a documentary about the young singing duo Marcus & Martinus, while Kristoffer Joner won for best actor for his role in Hjertestart. The prize for best female actress went to Ruby Dagnall, at age 17 the youngest to ever win, for her role in Rosemari.
The prize ceremony also featured a political protest by several Norwegian actors, directors and a total of 230 film industry workers who had signed a petition to allow a Palestinian filmmaker to remain in Norway. Mohamed Jabaly has won prizes for his documetary Ambulance, which he completed in Norway where his application for permanent work- and residence permission was rejected. Now he faces a lawsuit over the court costs of his unsuccessful appeals.