Published: 30/01/2011 | Edited: 03/05/2011
Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky’s feature debut won the World Cinema competition in Park City.
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Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky’s feature debut, Happy, Happy (Sykt lykkelig) was Saturday (29 January) awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (USA). Happy, Happy competed among 14 international films in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Happy, Happy was the only film representing Nordic countries in this category. A first time in history a Norwegian film wins main prize at prestigious Sundance Film Festival in USA.
“It is a film that found us identifying with characters very different from our own lives,” said the juror, Danish director Susanne Bier while presenting the Award last night. Sewitsky was in Sundance to receive the award.
Happy, Happy is about a perfect housewife whose rocky, sexless marriage sends her next door to explore sexual fulfillment scripted by Ragnhild Tronvoll and produced by Synnøve Hørsdal for Maipo, Happy, Happy stars Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens and Joachim Rafaelsen.
"Anne Sewitsky directs delicately, with an eye for signs of relationships faltering and for the space in which new attractions can’t be resisted"
David D'Arcy, Screen International
Happy, Happy will also compete in Göteborg Film Festival (28 January - 6 February) for the Nordic Film Award and price of SEK 1.000.000 (USD 150,000), and will be available at the European Film Market in Berlin. International sales is handled by TrustNordisk.
Sewitsky’s second feature, Totally True Love (Jørgen + Anne = Sant) produced by Cinenord Kidstory , will compete in the Generation competition at the Berlinale (10-20 February). Sales is handled by AB Svensk Filmindustri.