The magnificent initiation film by Joachim Trier The worst person in the world won Best Picture and four other statuettes at the Amanda Awards in Norway last weekend, on the night of Saturday August 20.
The Amanda Prize is awarded annually at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, to promote and improve Norwegian cinema. The awards ceremony marks the start of the festival, which lasts until August 27.
The Oscar nominee The worst person in the world – which happens to be one of the Euronews Culture events favorite movies of the year so far – also voted best actress for Renate Reinsve; Best Supporting Actor for Anders Danielsen Lie; Best screenplay by Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier; and the People’s Choice Award, crowning it People’s Favorite Movie of the Year.
The film is the third part of Trier’s “Oslo trilogy”, after Reprise and Oslo, August 31. It’s a romantic whirlwind, both incisively funny and disarmingly self-aware, about how human it is to stumble and how people bump into the good times and bad times of their lives.
Reinsve is the star of the film. She had already won the Palme d’Or for Best Actress at Cannes last year for her efforts. The actress had been an extra in Joachim Trier’s film Oslo, August 31, in which she had a line of dialogue. Julie’s role in The worst person in the world was written for her by Trier and is Reinsve’s first leading role. She was thinking about stopping doing before she receives the call from Trier.
His performance is at the heart of the story and directly contributes to making this a film of rarities: an honest romance film syphoned off clichéd rom-com tropes, one that features relatively complex emotions and doesn’t judge its characters as flawed.
Trier now holds the distinction of having won the most Amanda awards, having won Best Director for 2007 Reprise2012 Oslo, August 31 and 2016 Louder than the bombs. He also won Best Screenplay for Reprise and louder than the bombs (both alongside his regular collaborator Eskil Vogt).
Vogt won Best Director at this year’s ceremony for his brilliantly chilling supernatural thriller Innocentswhich follows a group of children revealing their mysterious powers when the adults aren’t watching.
Another key winner of the ceremony was the sensational Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert Everything everywhere all at onceanother of our favorite movies of the first half of 2022. He beat Denmark’s entry To run awayJonas Poher Rasmussen’s devastating animated documentary, and Dennis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi blockbuster Dunes.
The Norwegian International Film Festival lasts until August 27.