PopImpressKA Journal for 2016 Nordic International Film Festival / Cognac's Corner Column

2016 Nordic International Film Festival
Above: Founders  Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Nordic International Film Festival Awards
Above: Founders  Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Nordic International Film Festival Awards
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Nordic filmmakers, actors, directors and supporters attended the 2nd Annual Nordic International Film Festival from October 28th through October 30, 2016 at the Scandinavian House on Park Avenue in New York City.
This year the opening Night film was Høst Autumn Fall directed by Jan Vardøen. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and red carpet before the screening of this special film.
In the movie ""Høst Autumn Fall"", Ingeborg Sundrehagen Raustøl debuts as the main character, while Helge Jordal and Sverre Anker Ousdal reunite on film , 30 years after ""Orions Belte"". The most important thing for Vardøen is to use the right ingredients in everything he does, and in ""Høst"" he combines Oslo in its finest season with some of Norway's best actors.
The synopsis of the film reveals that Oslo is beautiful in autumn. The character Ingvild has many artistic ambitions. Ingvild is stage manager at the National Theatre and is trying to make a life change. Even though she has a dislike for actors, she manages to get herself into two very different love affairs which takes the audience on a journey into a secret that becomes disclosed.
Actor Helge Jordal was born on February 17, 1946. He is an actor, known for Orion's Belt (1985), Vegas (2009) and Frida - med hjertet i hånden (1991).
Helge continues to act and is a well known film star in Norway.
Helge continues to act and is a well known film star in Norway.
The main actress Ingeborg Raustol portrays Ingvild.
The main actress Ingeborg Raustol portrays Ingvild.
Ingeborg Raustøl was born in Oslo, Norway in 1979, and is of pure viking extract. She graduated from the Academy of theatre in 2010, Norway's leading educational institution. Her range as an actress is quite extensive in various feature films, televsion and stage performances. She was later cast for female lead in the TV-series Maniac (2015), later picked up for a re-make by Netflix International. The role has also given her a nomination as best female actress at The Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She played in the highly successful Norwegian TV-series The Heavy Water War (2015) and was later cast for the feature film Høst (2015).
Ingeborg Raustøl was born in Oslo, Norway in 1979, and is of pure viking extract. She graduated from the Academy of theatre in 2010, Norway's leading educational institution. Her range as an actress is quite extensive in various feature films, televsion and stage performances. She was later cast for female lead in the TV-series Maniac (2015), later picked up for a re-make by Netflix International. The role has also given her a nomination as best female actress at The Monte-Carlo Television Festival. She played in the highly successful Norwegian TV-series The Heavy Water War (2015) and was later cast for the feature film Høst (2015).
Actress Hege Schøyen portrays Ingeborg Raustol character Ingvild' mother. Hege was born on May 22, 1957 in Oslo, Norway. She is an actress, known for Suffløsen (1999), Den ofrivillige golfaren (1991) and Sara & Selma (2011). She has been married to Arild Andersen since 1991.
The film won for Best Nordic Feature in 2016 because of this unexpected story that tells us about the beauty and conflict of human connection.
Nordic International Film Festival is based in New York City at the renowned Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, also called the Nordic Center. NIFF celebrates Nordic and international films and they strive to find new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great works from already established filmmakers. NIFF screens the nominated films in the official selection at a grand theatre inside the Nordic Center for press, distribution, filmmakers and general admitted audience.
They focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and story lines.  NIFF encourages all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or worldview. One part of their program highlights Nordic classic themes found in old Nordic productions. They welcome and judge all films equally and with great respect and consideration.
NIFF screenings at Scandinavia House began taking place on Park Avenue in New York on October 31, 2015. The main Red Carpet Gala event covered by Access New York and hosted by Jacob A Ware (Boardwalk Empire) was held on November 1, 2015.  Main screenings and Q and A's took place on both days. The 2016 NIFF was excited to come back with 3 days of Nordic and International Films. This year the festival is sponsored again by Face Stockholm's amazing products as well as prizes such as Sandqvist Swedish Bags, Daniel Wellington Swedish watches to the winners and Rekorderlig Cider which provided beverages during the 3 days and of course Molton Brown London was one of their major sponsors.
Congratulations to all 2016 Winners:
Best Documentary Short:
Raised by Krump
Motivation: A gorgeous film which captures a unique movement, and that celebrates both the art, the story and the people behind it.
Best Nordic Short:
The Art of Not Appearing
Motivation: Whimsical and honest, told with heart and humor.
Best Narrative Short:
¡Mais Duro!
Motivation: Compelling, heartfelt and funny, telling a story full of love and integrity about one of the defining moment in our lives.
Best Documentary Feature:
Ghost Rockets
Motivation: Told with love and sincerity, this documentary beautifully navigates both the story, and the story behind the story.
Best Nordic Feature:
Autumn Fall
Motivation: Flirting with a greek tragedy, this unexpected story tells us about the beauty and conflict with human connection.
Best Narrative Feature:
The Salton Sea
Motivation: Intriguing, tense and thrilling, this fine-tuned and subtle film aces in every aspect of independent filmmaking.
Best Cinematography:
Arnar Thor Thorisson (A Reykjavik Porno)
Motivation: Through outstanding work, the cinematography heightened and seduced the jury, creating gorgeous layers in an entangled story.
Best Director:
Veena Sud (The Salton Sea)
Motivation: With tenderness and integrity, the relationship between both the characters and their surroundings gets told with utmost proficiency and nuance.
Best Male Actor:
Albert Halldórsson (A Reykjavik Porno)
Motivation: A brave and completely committed performance, connecting to a troubled character and creating a layered inner life.
Best Female Actor:
Diarra Kilpatrick (The Salton Sea)
Motivation: For her strong choices and commitment to the craft and her extraordinary way of living through the life of her character.
Honorable Mention: Box
Motivation: Truly innovative and brave, this film chose to strip away everything but the communication between two people. Exceptional in forward thinking filmmaking.
Below About one of NIFF's Sponsors, Molton Brown:
Molton Brown Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine Collection
Inspired by the arctic landscape of Laponia, the Fabled Juniper Berries & Lapp Pine collection captures the essence of a wintry Christmas. The seasonal, fragrant collection was crafted with crisp juniper berries and Lapp pine bark extract, an unexpected, yet delightful combination of warm and cold facets. Celebrate the festive season with the hand wash, hand lotion, scented candle and bauble.
Price: $15-$62
Available: moltonbrown.com
For more information please visit http://www.nordicfilmfest.org/
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