Norwegian Belarusian Waltz nominated for an Emmy

For the first time a Norwegian documentary has been nominated for an Emmy, the Oscar of the TV world.

Produced by Torstein Grude, for Stavanger-based Piraya Film, Polish director Andrzej Fidyk’s Belarusian Waltz will compete for the prize in the “Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming” category, writes the Norwegian Film Institute.

Broadcast in the US as part of the PBS documentary series, Point-of-View (12 August, 2008), Belarusian Waltz follows Alexander Pushkin, a performance artist in Belarus, a former Soviet nation often described as Europe’s last dictatorship. Pushkin’s frequently provocative satire is aimed at the Belarusian regime and its Stalin-esque leader.

A co-production with ITVS International, MG Productions and ARTE, the film has previously been nominated for a European Film Award and the Prix Europa. The winners of the 30th News and Documentary Emmies will be announced on Monday, September 21, after Sunday’s live broadcast of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.


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