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Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s Tusen ganger god natt (A Thousand Times Good Night), and Eskild Vogt’s Blind, were both considered for Best Film and in six other categories, when the Amanda Committee on June 18th announced their nominations for this year’s national film prize at Oslo’s Filmens Hus.
Competing for best film
A Thousand Times Good Night and Blind are both competing for Best Film (with Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen’s Solan og Ludvig – Jul i Flåklypa (The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig, also running for Best Children’s Film). The 20 Amanda winners will be presented at a ceremony in the Haugesund City Hall-the Rica Maritim Hall on 16 August during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund.
The two films will confront each other in the competition for Best Director and Best Actress (French actress Juliette Binoche, Norwegian actress Ellen Dorrit Petersen; third contender is Amrita Acharia, for her role in Iram Haq’s feature debut, Jeg er din/I Am Yours).
Technical nominations for Ragnarok
Candidates for Best Actor include Pål Sverre (Kon-Tiki), Aksel Hennie (Pionér/Pioneer) or Samakab Omar (Natt til 17./One Night in Oslo). Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s Ragnarok took most technical nominations, being considered in five categories
“We saw a lot of solid craftsmanship, but we missed more films for adults with a broader appeal. Like last year, there were strong female parts – unlike last year there were many films for children and young audiences,” said jury chairwoman, Norwegian producer Bente Erichsen.
Blue and green foreign films
Contenders for Best Foreign Film include Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour (local distributor: Arthaus), Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al Mansour’s The Green Bicycle (Arthaus), Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (Fidalgo), Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (SF Norge) and US director Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (UIP).