"A playful film about friendship, madness and creativity," Reprise has won the Norwegian national film award for Best Film of the year. As reported by european-films.net, two other key awards, known as the Amandas, also went to Reprise: Best Director (Joachim Trier) and Best Screenplay (Trier and Eskil Vogt). Reprise has been sold to 25 territories and traveled to numerous festivals worldwide, including Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Sundance, and New Directors/New Films, but has yet to land North American distribution. Director Trier, a former Norwegian national skateboard champion, looks at what happens to two long time friends and aspiring novelists when their writing careers and romances take very different paths. The high-spirited trailer (available at the official site) displays a raucous sense of energy; I very much hope somebody will pick this up for Region 1 DVD distribution.

The Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) has a complete list of the winners. Best Actress was awarded to Ingrid Bolsø Berdal for the thriller Cold Prey (trailers; official site), Raouf Saraj won Best Actor prize for Kurdish love story Winterland (NFI info page) and Henrik Mestad received the nod for Best Supporting Role for Sons, "an intense semi-thriller" about "a young man's quest to expose a pedophile," according to Variety's postive review. Veteran actor Mestad plays the accused pedophile.

The Departed won the Best Foreign Feature Award over fellow nominees Babel and La Vie en Rose. Lauren Bacall was in attendance to receive an honorary award. The Amanda awards ceremony was the kick-off event for the 35th edition of the Norwegian International Film Festival, held in Haugesund. This year's festival will screen 80-90 features, focusing on European and Nordic titles, and runs through August 24.