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For the first time ever, a Norwegian actress - Renate Reinsve - has won an award at the Cannes Film Festival. She receives the award for her role in The Worst Person in the World by Joachim Trier. 



Renate Reinsve pris Cannes
Renate Reinsve during the award ceremony

- This is a big day for Renate Reinsve, and we at the Norwegian Film Institute congratulate her warmly! This is one of the biggest awards a Norwegian actress can get, at what is the world's most important film festival. International and Norwegian cinema audience can look forward to seeing Renate Reinsve excel in the role of Julie in Joachim Trier's film The Worst Person in the World when the film hits the theaters, says Kjersti Mo, CEO of the Norwegian Film Institute.

Standing ovations

Joachim Trier's film The Worst Person in the World had its world premiere in front of more than two thousand people dressed in gala in the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière in the festival palace during the Cannes International Film Festival last Thursday. It was a premiere where Trier and his co-filmmakers and actors from the film were greeted with standing ovations before the film screening, and no less than eight minutes of standing ovations after the screening. The applause was rounded off with an impromptu speech from Joachim Trier in which he thanked for the warm welcome and told about his grandfather Erik Løchen's film The Hunt which participated in the main competition in Cannes in 1960. Now the grandson has passed on the legacy from his grandfather by also bringing home an award from Cannes.

Spotted in earlier film

Renate Reinsve (33) comes from Solbergelva outside Oslo and is a trained actress from The Academy of Theatre in Norway. She made her debut as a film actress in Oslo August 31st and was nominated for the Amanda Award for best supporting actress in the film Welcome to Norway.
In interviews, Joachim Trier has said that he spotted Renate Reinve's talent during the filming of Oslo August 31st and that he and co-writer Eskil Vogt wrote the role of Julie in The World's Worst Man, especially for Reinsve.

A star is born 

The international reviews have been very good, where among others Peter Bradshaw in The Guardians shortly after the film proclaimed about Renate Reinsve: "A star is born".

Read the international reviews here

The Worst Person in the World is the third film Joachim Trier has had in a program in Cannes, after Oslo, August 31st in Un Certain Regard in 2011 - a film where Renate Reinsve made her debut as a film actress - and Louder Than Bombs in competition in 2015. In 2018 Joachim Trier was the Jury President for Critics' Week.

See a full overview of Norwegian films that have been shown in Cannes here

About The Worst Person in the World

Julie is turning thirty and her life is an existential mess. Several of her talents have gone to waste and her older boyfriend, Aksel - a successful graphic novelist - is pushing for them to settle down. One night she gatecrashes a party and meets the young and charming Eivind. Before long, she has broken up with Aksel and thrown herself into yet another new relationship, hoping for a new perspective on her life. However, she will soon come to realize that some life choices are already behind her.
The third film in Joachim Trier’s Oslo trilogy is a comic drama about love in our time and about having all the opportunities in life, but still feeling like the worst person in the world.
In the main roles we find Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie and Herbert Nordrum. The screenplay is written by Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier himself. The producer is Thomas Robsahm for Oslo Pictures. Scheduled Norwegian premiere is October 15, 2021. The Norwegian distributor is SF Studios. The international sales is handled by MK2.

About Joachim Trier

Joachim Trier (b. 1974) is an internationally celebrated director and screenwriter. His critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015), and Thelma (2017), all co-written with Eskil Vogt, have been invited to and won awards at international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Gothenburg, Milan, and Istanbul. The Worst Person in The World is his fifth feature.