Magazine article Screen International

Per Fly's Monica Z Wins Nordic Award

Magazine article Screen International

Per Fly's Monica Z Wins Nordic Award

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Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Colour also picked up a prize at the 41st Norwegian International Film Festival (NIFF) awards.

Danish director Per Fly picked up the Nordic Film Prize at the NIFF awards last night [Aug 20] for his biopic Monica Z (Waltz for Monica).

The story of legendary Swedish singer-actress Monica Zetterlund stars Edda Magnason in her first film role. Monica Z will be released in Norway on Sept 13.

Fly will next direct Backstabbing for Beginners, based on the true story of UN whistleblower Michael Soussan who called for an investigation of the UN's dealings with Saddam Hussein. Fly is working on the screenplay with US writer Daniel Pyne (The Sum of All Fears) and it marks the first project developed for the international market by Creative Alliance - a new company created earlier this year by six Nordic directors and US outfit Parts & Labor.

Other winners included Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warmest Colour, which can now add the Norwegian critics' prize to the Palme d'Or it won in Cannes this year.

Felix van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown collected the Audience Award.

The festival's Ray of Sunshine prize went to Gunhild Westhagen Magnor's documentary The Optimists, about an elderly ladies' volleyball team.

NIFF runs from Aug 15-22 in Haugesund.National film awards

Norwegian director Dag Johan Haugerud's feature debut, Som du ser meg (I Belong), collected four Amanda statuettes, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, at Norway's national film prizes on Friday [Aug 16]. …

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