Lübeck loves Yngve

Article published on Nov. 5, 2008
Article published on Nov. 5, 2008
Norwegian film The Man Who Loved Yngve by Stian Kristiansen won the NDR Best Feature Film worth €12.500 at the 50th Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, which closed on Sunday. The festival jury said of the film: "The Man Who Loved Yngve gives an extremely light, warm and humorous rendition of an emotional coming-out, without depriving the characters of their truthfulness.
Stian Kristiansen has directed an elegant debut with smart dialogue and brilliant young actors. Furthermore, the film conveys the zeitgeist of the eighties without becoming a cliché-laden parody.”

Kristiansen’s debut feature also received a Special Mention from the Interfilm Church Prize.

This is the second year in a row that a Norwegian debut feature gets the top award in Lubeck, after last year’s The Art of Negative Thinking [trailer] by Bård Breien.

Other Norwegian films rewarded in Lübeck this year were Nils Gaup’s The Kautokeino Rebellion [trailer], winner of the LN Audience Award, and the children’s film SOS Summer of Suspense, which picked up Best Film from the Children’s Jury.

Sweden’s The King of Ping Pong [trailer, making of] by Jens Jonsson was bestowed the Interfilm Church Prize; Kine Boman’s Herdswoman the Best Documentary Film Award; and One Eye Red by Daniel Wallentin a Special Mention from the Children & Youth Film jury.

The festival’s opening film, Dancers by Denmark’s Pernille Fischer Christensen, won the Baltic Film Prize. Natasha Arty Fighter [trailer] was awarded the Children’s and Youth Film Prize while Niels Chr. ’Bubber ’ Meyer and his Frode and All the Other Rascals received an Honorary Mention from the Children & Youth Film jury.

Iceland’s No Network by Ari Kristínsson got a Special Mention from the Children’s jury. Around 24,000 people attended the only festival in Germany entirely devoted to films from the North and Northeast of Europe.

Annika Pham cineuropa.org