Cause of Death: Unknown (Director Anniken Hoel, 2016)

11 films in competition at Oslo’s Eurodoc documentary film festival

Published: 04/04/2017 | Edited: 06/04/2017

14 local productions unspooled in the 16th program of the showcase at Oslo’s Cinemateket, where the main prize went to To Stay Alive - A Method and the audience award to Cause of Death: Unknown.

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The 16th Eurodoc – the annual European Documentary Film Festival in Oslo that aims to showcase the best of contemporary European and Norwegian  documentary filmmaking – selected 25 films for the program unspooling between 29 March-2 April at Oslo’s Cinemateket.

Eurodoc prize

11 European documentaries competed for the Eurodoc prize – an original work of art by Norwegian filmmaker, musician and artist Kim Hiorthøy – including the festival opener, Spanish-Croatian director Lucija Stojevic’s La Chana portrait of Spanish flamenco dancer Antonia Santiago Amador, and Austrian director Ulrich Seidl’s latest, Safari, about German and Austrian hunting tourists in Africa, which closed the event.
Norwegian cinema is represented by 14 documentaries, ao Kurdish-Norwegian director Zaradasht Ahmed’s Nowhere to Hide, following Iraqi medic and father Nori Sharif during five years after the US 2011 retreat; it won for Best Feature-Length Documentary at Amsterdam’s IDFA last year. Norwegian director Mari Bakke Riise’s Kayayo, about two girls in Ghana, ten and six years old, who are sent away from the family to work as kayayos, living shopping carts in the capital, was awarded at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Cause of Death: Unknown

After Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX and Eurodoc, Norwegian director Egil Håskjold Larsen’s 69 Minutes of 86 Days (69 Minutter av 86 dager), depicting a three-year old child and her family’s escape from the island of Kos to Sweden, will continue to Toronto’s Hot Docs. Also from CPH:DOX  and onto Eurodok was Norwegian director Anniken Hoel who lost her sister to prescription antipsychotics.  She then began an investigation of the pharmaceutical industry, which she exposes in Cause of Death: Unknown (Dødsårsak: Ukjent) – “a corporate-led system that strives to make us lifelong customers while maximising profits at any cost.”
“Eurodok is a celebration of diversity and cooperation, as well as an important forum for free speech in Europe. I also think the festival plays an increasingly important role in a world where we are experiencing rising xenophobia, populism and calls for restoring national boundaries,” said EU Ambassador to Norway, Helen Campbell, head of the EU delegation, a long-time supporter of the festival.

The Dutch documentary To Stay Alive - A Method by Erik Lieshout received the main prize during the award ceremony on Sunday April 2, while the audience award went to Norwegian director Anniken Hoel`s film Cause of Death: Unknown. Honorary mention from the jury was given to the Irish/Israeli/British documentary Forever Pure, co-produced by Norwegian production company Piraya Film AS.

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