Awards – Nordic Competition
Four films were awarded by the jury. All the winners receive a Nordic Competition Trophy. Please note that the films in the Norwegian Competition also participated.
Best Nordic Film: Trophy + 1.000 euro from Minimalen
- FADING COLOURS (Fargene forsvant) by Hanne Martine Cotton Breivik – Norway
A fiction film that tells of human drama and empathy, without ever feeling manipulative, private or sentimental. The subject matter has documentary elements and possibly inspiration, but was made into a fiction in a very honest and touching way. It feels as if the filmmaker has taken a piece of reality and made it into a fictinal situation, and thereby hightened the dramatic and emphatic experience without loosing the sense of reality. We were deeply moved by the way in which the main actress stands out with poise and dignity in a demanding role of simplicity and directness. It is a story about professinal responsitility in the realm between life and death.
Best Nordic Fiction: Trophy
A powerful tale of love and hate, as well as the conflict between moral principles in human societies. This last act of tragedy-turned-love is expressed in a minimalistic and simple way, contrasting a grim reality with a deeper form of humanity. Instead of resorting to melodramatic means, the filmmaker has chosen metonymic elements to make us feel and think and empathize, leaving us in no doubt that a flipflop can signify humanness and vulnerablity.
Best Nordic Documentary: Trophy
To a film that takes us on a pleasant journey to a corner of the Western world that seems less touched by modern life. By means of a relaxed pace and warming characters it makes us reflect upon what makes up a good life. In our contemporary time of haste and commercial pressure it puts up a different reality. Without ever telling us how to think or decide, it brings up relevant questions of how to lead an analog life in a digital age, and whether it is possible to choose simple living in this complicated world.
Best Nordic Animation or Art Film: Trophy
As children we sometimes create the most fantastic worlds. We imagine humans among the clouds, make angels in the snow, see lions in the wardrobe at night. It takes big imagination, a very special eye and enormously demading patience to create a world of dance and ballet from electronic and data components.
To a film about a highly moving brotherly relationship, dealing with personal risk and mutal responsibility in a sensitive and original way.
A simple, everyday situation makes us understand the real hell young people with eating disorders are going through.
An artistically very interesting attempt to tell about life and death in our world.
The competition consisted of 34 Nordic (non-Norwegian) films, along with the 31 Norwegian films in Norwegian Competition.
The Award Jury for The Norwegian and Nordic Competition:
ARTSVI BAKHCHINYAN (b. 1971, Armenia)
ODA BHAR (f. Norway)
ROGER SELLBERG (b. 1946, Sweden)