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19. August 2017

HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe's historical epic, "The King's Choice" ("Kongens nei"), was the Amanda jury's clear favorite at this year's awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway's national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund's Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the opening of the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund, which runs through Aug. 25.
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"The King's Choice" topped Norwegian box office charts last year, earning 713,276 admissions. It was named best Norwegian feature of 2016 by the Norwegian Film Critics. It is set in the time of Nazi Germany's 1940 invasion of Norway when on April 8, King Haakon VII received a German "surrender or die" ultimatum. Starring Danish actor Jesper Christensen, Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christiansen, and Swedish actress Tuva Novotny, it describes the events during the three days, when the king, faced with a passive government and a Crown Prince ready for action, turned from a brave man into the people's king.
The film won best Norwegian feature, supporting actor, original screenplay, production/stage design, VFX, musical score, editing, and sound design.
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NORWAY'S 2017 AMANDA AWARDS

Best Norwegian feature:
"The King's Choice" ("Kongens nei") — Prods: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B Kvae for Paradox. Dir: Erik Poppe.

Best supporting actor:
Karl Markovics, for "The King's Choice"

Best original screenplay:
Harald Rosenløw Eeg, Jan Trygve Røyneland, for "The King's Choice"

Best production/stage design:
Peter Bävman, for "The King's Choice"

Best VFX:
Arne Kaupang, for "The King's Choice"

Best musical score:
Johan Söderqvist, for "The King's Choice"

Best editing:
Einar Egeland, for "The King's Choice"

Best sound design:
Christian Schaanning, for "The King's Choice"