Out Stealing Horses scoops five major trophies at the Norwegian Amandas
by Jan Lumholdt
- Hans Petter Moland’s successful bestseller adaptation proved itself at the 35th edition of the Norwegian industry awards, held on Saturday at the Haugesund Film Festival
“I just hope it’s unique; that would be nice,” director Hans Petter Moland told Cineuropa in regard to his adaptation of Per Petterson’s bestselling and far from easily adaptable novel Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
interview: Hans Petter Moland
film profile], a story of life, death, war and loss that spans 60 years, and moves back and forth with notable non-linearity.
With a successful opening in Berlin’s 2019 competition, topped off with a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk, and with sales to 29 territories, healthy domestic box-office figures and a record ten nominations at the national Norwegian Amanda Awards, Moland has certainly done okay. At Saturday’s Amanda ceremony, Out Stealing Horses ended up with five wins, for Best Cinematography (Rasmus Videbæk), Best Original Music (Kaspar Kaae), Best Supporting Actor (Bjørn Floberg), Best Director (Moland) and Best Norwegian Film of 2019. It could therefore be a fairly hot tip for the country’s forthcoming Oscar submission, set to be announced on 3 September.
The movie was also nominated for the Audience Award, also known as the People’s Amanda, but lost out to John Andreas Andersen’s disaster extravaganza The Quake [+see also:
film profile], which unsurprisingly also snagged the Award for Best Visual Effects (Lars Erik Hansen). There was also close to zero chance of any actress prize winding up in the Moland camp (by his own admission, his main female character has just three lines). The Award for Best Actress went to Pia Tjelta for her tour-de-force performance as the distraught mother in Blind Spot [+see also:
interview: Tuva Novotny
film profile], the directorial debut by renowned actress Tuva Novotny. The Best Supporting Actress gong went to Maria Bonnevie for her turn in Phoenix [+see also:
interview: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
film profile], again for a mother part in a solid debut by a former actress, Camilla Strøm Henriksen (who herself pocketed the Best Actress Amanda for A Handful of Time in 1989). And although Tobias Santelmann has a leading part in Out Stealing Horses, his Best Actor win was for his work in the true-crime drama-thriller Congo [+see also:
film profile], directed by Marius Holst (who, incidentally, was originally set to direct Out Stealing Horses).
The other multi-nominated film in the running for the 2019 Norwegian Amandas, Eirik Svensson’s Harajuku [+see also:
film profile], garnered two wins, for Best Sound Design (Gunn Tove Gronsberg) and Best Editing (Karsten Meinich and Elise Solberg). Additional awards went to writer-director Martin Lund for Psychobitch [+see also:
film profile] (Best Screenplay and Best Children’s Film), Egil Håskjold Larsen’s Where Man Returns [+see also:
film profile] (Best Documentary), Lina Nordqvist (Best Production Design) for her work on Sonja: The White Swan [+see also:
interview: Anne Sewitsky
interview: Ine Marie Wilmann
film profile] and director Fanny Ovesen for She-Pack (Best Short). The Award for Best Foreign Film went to Capernaum [+see also:
film profile] by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon/France).
Honorary Awards were given to director-producer Petter Vennerød and cinematographer Philip Øgaard (Zero Kelvin, Cold Pursuit [+see also:
film profile]). The Amanda Award, named after a colourful local Haugesund street vendor of the early 1900s, was established in 1985 and celebrated its 35th edition this year.
Here is the full list of winners:
Hans Petter Moland – Out Stealing Horses
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Bjørn Floberg – Out Stealing Horses
Martin Lund – Psychobitch
Rasmus Videbæk – Out Stealing Horses
Kasper Kaae – Out Stealing Horses
Best Sound Design
Gunn Tove Grønsberg – Harajuku
Best Short Film
She-Pack – Fanny Ovesen (Norway)
The People’s Amanda
The Quake – John Andreas Andersen
The Amanda Committee’s Golden Clapper
Philip Øgaard (cinematographer)
The Amanda Committee Honorary Award
Petter Vennerød (director-producer)
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