Awards for 2016

Audience Award

Best Film

WINNER

Norwegian Film Critics Award

WINNER

Toni Erdmann: Maren Ade
"This year's winner of the Norwegian Film Critics Award in Haugesund is as wise as it is surprising and funny. It tells the story of a father and daughter, and the humour springs from the silent dialogue between them as they struggle to meet each other's gaze. The actress Sandra Hüller's suggestive body language is a study in comical low-key acting in relation to her opponent Peter Simonischek. The director is a sharp but at the same time patient observer, with a deep love for the protagonists, inviting the audience to participate in each and every scene. This winner is something as rare as a comedy with deep resonance and great re-watch value."

Ray of Sunshine

Best film

WINNER

Next Nordic Generation Award

Next Nordic Generation Award

IN-COMPETITION


Andreas Award

WINNER

Les innocentes: Anne Fontaine
"This year's award winner is based on a true story from the times just after World War II, and is the agonising story of innocents subjected to abuse. War always demands its victims and evil can also strike down the most God-fearing people. With a stylistically assured cinematography and convincing actors eschewing cliches, the film takes us inside a Polish monastery, where the nuns have been subjected to terrifyingly evil deeds. Everything the nuns have left is the concern and vigour of a young French woman of the Red Cross. The film reaches all the way to the bottom of the dark room it is exploring, but still succeeds in formulating the following response to the problem of evil: Faith is 24 hours of doubt and one minute of hope."

FIPRESCI Prize

WINNER

Der kommer en dag: Jesper W. Nielsen
"Set between a dark age and the Space Age, this film dramatises a nightmarish chapter of history with an emotional force and a veracity that transcend simple paradigms of good and evil. The jury praises the director for drawing consistently powerful and measured performances from his entire cast, especially the two children at the heart of the story."

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