The Norwegian Intl. Film Festival handed out its prizes Aug. 25, with Norwegian director Benjamin Ree
’s documentary “Magnus
” nabbing the Ray of Sunshine prize from the the Norwegian Exhibitors’ Assn. A hit at several international festivals, “Magnus
” tells the story of 26-year-old Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen
’s rise to the top.
For the first time the International Film Critics Assn. presented its Fipresci prize at Haugesund, with Danish director Jesper W. Nielsen
’s “The Day Will Come
” taking the honors. The Norwegian Film Critics’ favorite was Maren Ade
’s Cannes hit and German B.O. hit, “Toni Erdmann
,” while “Perfect Strangers,” from Italy’s Paolo Genovese
, took the Audience Award.
Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August
was presented at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival Aug. 24 with Ullmann Award, named after the legendary actress-director Liv Ullmann
and presented to August by the trophy’s namesake, for “her significant contribution to film art,