Norwegian Ninja and Gentle Man awarded by Austin’s Fantastic Fest

Screenwriter/director Thomas Cappelen Malling (left) and producer Eric Vogel

Screenwriter/director Thomas Cappelen Malling (left) and producer Eric Vogel

Norwegian director Thomas Cappelen Malling’s feature debut, Norwegian Ninja (Kommandør Treholt & Ninjatroppen), scooped two top prizes at the Fantastic Fest in Austin – the US showcase specialising in ”horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.”

At the awards ceremony on Sept. 27, Cappelen Malling was named Best Director, while Mads Ousdal received the prize for Best Actor in the Next Wave Spotlight Competition. In the Fantastic Features programme, Stellan Skarsgård was voted Best Actor for his performance in Hans Petter Moland’s “A Somewhat Gentle Man” (En ganske snill mann).

A ”surprise movie” at Vienna’s /Slash Film Festival, which ends today (30 September), Norwegian Ninja will next show in the Midnite Xtreme Competition at the 43rd Sitges International Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain. Spearheading Cellulloid Dreams’ new Nightmares label, it has so far been sold to the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Related information:

Fantastic Fest, Austin, Texas, USA

/Slash Filmfestival, Vienna, Austria

Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Spain

Source: Norwegian Film Institute

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