Culture clash film swept awards show

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A popular and highly acclaimed film about a girl living a double life in Oslo as the obedient daughter in a Pakistani-Norwegian family and a normal Norwegian teenager won four prizes at the annual Amanda awards ceremony in Haugesund, Norway’s equivalent of the Oscars. Director Iram Haq has been on a roll herself, also winning several other prizes as well.

Haq’s film Hva vil folk si (What will people say) won the prizes for best director, best male actor, best script and best Norwegian cinema film. It also did well at the box office and was shown at several international film festivals. Haq herself also won Norway’s Aamot Prize from the branch organization Film & Kino and the Norwegian film critic’s prize as best director this year.

The Amanda prize for best female actor went to Andrea Berntzen for her role in the first of a series of films coming out about the massacre on the Norwegian island of Utøya on July 22, 2011. Three more films about the attacks on Utøya and the government complex downtown are also in the works, over protests from survivors who feel the films are coming too soon after the terror they endured.

newsinenglish.no staff