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HAUGESUND, Norway — Celine Sciamma’s intellectually dexterous, bittersweet love tale “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has claimed another heart, taking home The Norwegian Film-Critics’ Prize at the Haugesund Film Festival’s closing night on Thursday.
Sciamma’s revisionist romance won the screenplay prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May and will next head to Toronto, where it will screen as a Special Presentation.
Elegance - Sophistication - Courage - Film - Vitality
“With elegance, sophistication and courage, the film explores how love and vitality can – at least momentarily – throw off the shackles of an oppressive social order. Exquisite acting performances and cinematography, combined with a soupcon of mythological symbolism, add up to a work of serious artistic merit,” noted the jury members in their verdict.
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The Eurimages Lab Award went to director Guro Bruusgaard’s “Him.” Awarded to a Works in Progress title that is experimental in form and content, the prize comes with a €50,000 ($55,500) grant. The jury also gave a special mention to Ninja Thyberg’s project “Jessica.”
Other prizes included the audience award, which went to Michael Herbig for his film “Ballon;” the Ecumenical Award, which was won by Jeanne Herry’s adoption drama “In Safe Hands”; and the Fipresci Prize, which lauded Danish director Michael Noer took home for his “Before The Frost.”
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