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(nordisk film & tv fond) Persona Non Grata, wins top awards at Oslo Pix

WRITTEN BY: ANNIKA PHAM

Persona Non Grata, A Song Called Hate win top awards at Oslo Pix.

The two films won respectively the Best Nordic Fiction Film and Best Nordic Documentary at the Oslo Film Festival, unspooling both online and on-site until June 10.

This year’s Nordic Fiction jury consisting of former head of the Norwegian Film Institute Vigdis Lian, film producer Khalid Maimouni and actor Ingvild Holthe Bygdenes, said Persona Non Grata by Danish debut director Lisa Jespersen “excels with a number of strong acting performances in engaging character-driven dramas.” The jury also underlined that the film “continues a long Danish tradition of exploring the unpleasant sides of family relations in comedy drama. “

The second award for Best Nordic Fiction Film went to Finland’s Any Day Now by first-timer Hamy Ramezan.

In the category Best Nordic Documentary, jury members Håvard Fossum (director/cinematographer), Nataša Urban (editor/director), and Helene Aalborg (journalist/curator) handed out the top award to Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdottir’s first feature-length documentary A Song Called Hate.

“This year’s winner manages from an unlikely starting point to engage with some of the real big questions about what art is, and what it can or should be,” said the jury. The Icelandic film featuring the local band Hatari, screened earlier at the Göteborg, Warsaw and Cleveland film festivals.

Oslo Pix’s Honourable Award in the Best Nordic Documentary category went to the Danish entry Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. The film which earned Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and Göteborg’s Dragon Award earlier this year, will be released in Norwegian cinemas in September by Mer Film.

Oslo Pix’s Best International Film Award went to Frederick Wiseman’s City Hall (US).

The festival opened with Nordisk Film’s Danish hit Riders of Justice by Anders Thomas Jensen, and closes on Friday with the Swedish comedy drama Run Uje Run by Henrik Schyffert, handled in Norway by Arthaus.

 

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