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by Jorn Rossing Jensen
19/08/2013 - Norwegian
directors Dag Johan Haugerud’s drama comedy and Joachim Rønning-Espen
Sandberg’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated action adventure are the big
winners in Haugesund
Norwegian director Dag Johan Haugerud, who launched his feature debut, I Belong (photo), at the 2012 Norwegian International Film Festival
in Haugesund, returned this year to receive four Amandas – Norway’s
national film prizes, which were announced on Friday (August 16) during a
televised ceremony at the Rica-Maritim Hall in Haugesund.
Haugerud’s own story of three women, who all have a small soft spot
in their personality and are hit hard when their idiosyncrasies meet the
light of day, was nominated in six categories, and won four ao Best
Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s
Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated action adventure was considered in
eight categories, and collected four awards, including Best Actor and
the Audience Choice.
I Belong, which was also named Best Norwegian Film 2012 by the Norwegian Critics Association, has taken app 30,000 admissions in Norwegian cinemas since its September 2012 release, while Kon-Tiki [trailer]
is close to 900,000. The two productions also played to a draw, when
the Norwegian film workers’ eight unions awarded their Cannon prizes
(April) – five prizes each.
FULL LIST OF AMANDA WINNERS 2013:
Best Feature: I Belong. Dir: Dag Johan Haugerud
Best Children’s Film: Ploddy the Police Car on the Case. Dirs: Rasmus Sivertsen, Rune Spaans. Dirs: Aage Aaberge, Live Bonnevie, for Neofilm
Best Cinematography: Arild Østin Ommundsen, for It’s Only Make Believe. Dir: Ommundsen
Best Sound Design: Christian Schaanning, for All That Matters Is Past [trailer]. Dir: Sara Johnsen
Best Musical Score: Ola Kvernberg, for Chasing the Wind. Dir: Rune Denstad Langlo
Best Editing: Vidar Flataukan, for 90 Minutes [festival scope]. Dir: Eva Sørhaug).
Best Stage/Production Design: Karl Júliusson, for Kon-Tiki (Dirs: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg)
Best Visual Effects: Arne Kaupang, Storm Studios, for Kon-Tiki
Best Actress: Laila Goody, for I Belong
Best Supporting Actress: Suzan Ilir, for Before Snowfall [trailer]Dir: Hisham Zaman
Best Actor: Pål SverreHagen, for Kon-Tiki
Best Supporting Actor: Fridtjof Såheim, for Victoria (Dir: Torun Lian)
Best Original Screenplay: Dag Johan Haugerud, for I Belong
Best Director: Dag Johan Haugerud, for I Belong
The Audience Choice: Kon-Tiki
Best Newcomer (Viasat Prize): Kaia Varjord, for 90 Minutes
Best Documentary: Nowhere Home. Dir/Prod: Margreth Olin, for Speranza Film
Best Short: Magnus – en vårdag. Dir: Magnus Lilleberg. Prods: Christoffer Næss, Per Kristian Lomsdalen, for Munin Film
Best Foreign Feature: Searching for Sugar Man [trailer]. Dir: Malik Bendjelloul (Sweden-UK)
The Honorary Amanda: Norwegian writer, director and producer Bent Hamer
The Golden Clapperboard: Norwegian continuity supervisor Irmelin Wister
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Did you see KON-TIKI when it was in theaters earlier
this year? It is an amazing adventure and the kind of film we avid
movie goers haven’t seen in a long time.
Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyderdahl (Pål Sverre Hagen), KON-TIKI
is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage
of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects
his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the
Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity—and save
his reputation—by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group
of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible
trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications
and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous
ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.
In case you missed it during it’s run in cinemas, on Tuesday, August
27th, Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are releasing KON-TIKI on Blu-ray and DVD.
A 2012 Academy Award – Nominee For Best Foreign Language Film Of The
Year from Norway as well as Golden Globe Award Nominee For Best Foreign
Language Film, KON-TIKI is from the directing duo of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
Some background on the directors.
Childhood friends Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg grew up in the
first video generation, spending their spare time making short films
with a massive 30-pound home video camera.
At a time when video editing was only performed on expensive
equipment by professionals, they gained access to their home town’s only
video production company. Here they could sit at night and create their
little films. Thus, Rønning and Sandberg were given a golden
opportunity to practice on that most important aspect of filmmaking:
In 1991 they started their own company, Roenberg – a combination of
their two names. In 1994, they graduated from Stockholm’s Filmskola in
Sweden, and began their military service later that year. As part of the
same unit, they travelled all over Norway, which allowed them to film
everything from submarines to helicopter shots of NATO exercises in the
In 1995, Rønning and Sandberg began their career in advertising.
Their visual style and comedic sense quickly made them popular across
Europe. When they won the USA Today Ad Meter survey for their Budweiser
spot during the 2001 Super Bowl, their path to the American market was
opened and they moved to Los Angeles for two years.
Along with Espen Horn and Harald Zwart, they own and run Motion Blur
in Oslo, Scandinavia’s largest and most awarded advertising film
The two have previously directed MAX MANUS: MAN OF WAR (based on the
books by the Norwegian resistance hero of the same name), BANDIDAS
(starring Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek with French director Luc Besson
as screenwriter and producer), and are now at the helm of the Disney’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 5 - DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES starring Johnny Depp. The film is slated to open on July 10, 2015.
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Joachim Rønning And
Espen Sandberg about the film, their real life adventures and how their
next one – directing PIRATES 5 – is coming along.
Michelle McCue: The last time I saw you both was earlier this year at the various events during Oscar Week.
Espen Sandberg: Oh fantastic.
MM: I first want to congratulate you both again on the nomination for
the film and the invitation from the Academy to become members.
Joachim Rønning: Yeah, Isn’t that amazing?
MM: It truly is! KON-TIKI first screened in Norway in August 2012 at
the Norwegian Film Festival and here you are, a full year later,
talking about the Blu-ray release. What has life been like?
ES: It’s been amazing – so much more than we could ever have hoped for.
JR: We did dream about it,
but it’s been amazing and now we’re sitting in our production offices at
Disney in Burbank and pinching our arm everyday. It’s a dream come
MM: The transfer of KON-TIKI to Blu-ray is stunning. I thought it may
lose something going from the big screen to my TV at home, but the look
and sound are impeccable.
The real life Thor Heyerdahl passed away in 2002. How much of his true story were you able to put in your extraordinary film?
JR: Thor lived one of the most
documented lives ever so it was very easy to access him. Then, of
course, he was a master in PR. He could really sell a product and often
the product was himself.
His true genius was in that – in
PR. So it was important for the actor, Pål Sverre Hagen, to make up his
own mind and dig deeper.
We talked a lot to his son, Thor
Heyerdahl Jr., who was very frank and very open. So Pål and he became
very good friends in the year leading up to shooting the film. It was a
MM: All of that is a part of the bonus features too.
ES: Oh, fantastic!
MM: The composer for KON-TIKI, Johan Soderqvist, had
previously worked on THE ROAD and IN A BETTER WORLD. His score for your
film is so rich and becomes a character in its own right. How did the
two of you go about choosing him for your film?
ES: Well he did one of our
favorite films, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, a Swedish film, which is just an
amazing movie. He did the music for that, among others. He’s done a lot
with Susanne Bier – the Danish director’s movies (IN A BETTER WORLD).
JR: He’s just an amazing
composer. What we actually did was use some of his older music as temp
music when we were editing the film and we hadn’t really decided on a
composer. It just became obvious that we should work with him because
we’re using his music already.
It was amazing. He took an
instrument – he took a sound, which almost sounds like a horn or a
trumpet. It’s what we needed. It’s like a seashell – a Conch. And
there is this Swedish Jazz musician that plays on a Conch basically. So
Johan was able to get him into the studio and do so many cool things. We
liked that being the signature of the Sun so to speak – of the Tiki
ES: We really liked that and we
ended up recording it at the Abbey Road studios in London. It was
probably one of the highlights of the whole production – being there,
We could only afford one weekend
– only two days with a full orchestra. They didn’t have any time to
rehearse and they played off the notes. Straight in with two takes. It
was so professional, so great being in the studio where The Beatles did
90% of their records. It was one of those moments.
MM: The 10-minute Visual Effects featurette is accompanied by Johan
Soderqvist’s score and without any dialogue. It’s a beautiful montage.
ES: Oh that’s great!
Listen to clips of Soderqvist’s KON-TIKI score here: https://soundcloud.com/johan-soderqvist/sets/kon-tiki
MM: You shot the film on the open sea (Mediterranean) as well as in
six different countries: Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Malta, Thailand and
the Maldives. As a viewer, I really felt as if I was on the ship with
Thor and his crew – it is that authentic.
And you were working with so many crews. Did anyone ever advise you NOT to shoot on the open sea?
ES: Everyone told us not to do
it on the open water. It ended up being the best experience for us and I
think some of the best moments in the film. It was basically due to
costs. We couldn’t afford shooting in a tank. Green screen (CGI) looks
amazing, but we couldn’t afford that.
We were like 25 people in the
crew, out on the open ocean for a month. We were lucky with the weather
also – that must be said. It was the best part of the whole production.
MM: Did anybody ever say, hey, let’s go for a swim?
JE: Yeah! There’s a story about
a Great White Shark in the Behind-the-Scenes section. We’d swim during
lunch hour, only to realize later that the biggest Great White shark
ever caught was in Malta. It was a 20 footer – it was just amazing.
MM: Sharks. Open water. All this was ultimately good training for PIRATES 5. What’s the latest on that and what was your initial reaction when you heard the news?
JE: We’re in pre-production. We’re in our Disney office here. It’s amazing and a dream come true, really.
In a way, we have to pinch our
arms everyday – coming in here and working with some of the best movie
producers in the world, as well as the actors and crew.
ES: It’s on an amazing level.
Everybody is so supportive. It’s a dream come true because it’s an
adventure movie and it really reminds us of the adventure movies we grew
up with in the early 80’s. INDIANA JONES and movies like that. Movies
that made us want to become filmmakers.
So in a way, we feel like we’ve come full circle almost.
MM: KON-TIKI is such a unique movie and looked like such a challenge
for you as filmmakers. What would you like the viewer to take away from
the story of Thor and his journey?
ES: I think what we set out to
do – and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback on this – that it’s an
inspirational film. That was important for us.
JE: I really believe a lot of
people have that dream – a dream to travel, to take a couple of months
or a year off work. To go climb that mountain or drive Route 66 or sail
What we’ve noticed from the
feedback we’ve gotten over the year is that that happens now. We’ve
succeeded in that. It’s become an inspirational movie and Thor
Heyderdahl was an inspirational character.
ES: That’s what captured the
whole world when he set out to do this in 1947. And that’s why he sold
50 million copies of the book and his documentary about the voyage won
an Academy Award.
It’s not because everybody is so
interested in migration theories – it’s because it’s a real adventure
and it tells you that your life can be filled with more adventure too.
MM: Thank you for discussing KON-TIKI, congratulations on everything and best of luck with PIRATES 5.
JE/ES: Thank you.
Learn more about KON-TIKI at: www.kontikifilm.com
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Nominees include “Anna Karenina,” starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, “The Best Offer,” toplining Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland, “The Impossible,” which stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and “Love Is All You Need,” starring Pierce Brosnan.
Half of the pics were shot in the English language, reflecting a shift by European filmmakers toward English-lingo movies.
Films by Nordic helmers dominate the list, contributing four of the nominees, including Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s “Kon-Tiki” and Baltasar Kormakur’s “The Deep.”
Three pics are produced by U.K. companies, including Oscar docu winner “Searching for Sugar Man,” and Spain is repped by two films, includingPedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited.” Films from Central and Eastern European are completely shut out.
The sea plays a central part in the action of three of the films, portrayed as an uncontrollable and potentially destructive force to be feared, perhaps reflecting a mood of helplessness in Europe in the face of global threats such as the economic crisis, terrorism and climate change.
One of the pics — Felix Van Groeningen’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown” — featured in Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch, a program that ran at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, in partnership with European Film Promotion.
The award will be handed out at the 26th European Film Awards ceremony on Dec. 7 in Berlin. Ernst & Young will act as official tabulator, endorsing the voting procedures and confirming the winner.
EFA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD NOMINEES:“Anna Karenina,” Joe Wright (U.K.)“The Best Offer,” Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy)“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium)“The Deep,” Baltasar Kormakur (Iceland/Norway)“The Gilded Cage,” Ruben Alves (Portugal/France)“I’m So Excited,” Pedro Almodovar (Spain)“The Impossible,” J.A. Bayona (Spain)“Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg (Norway, Denmark, U.K., Germany, Sweden)“Love Is All You Need,” Susanne Bier (Denmark)“Oh Boy!,” Jan Ole Gerster (Germany)“Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul (U.K./Sweden)
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