Actress Renate Reinsve wins the first-ever Norwegian film award at Cannes

Renate Reinsve in Cannes 2021Renate Reinsve, left, and director Joachim Trier, left, pose for photographers in Cannes. Photo: Joachim Trier Photo by Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP

A big first for the actress – and for Norway!

Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve won Best Female Actress at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her leading role in The Worst Person in the World.

Main character Julie is the first leading role Reinsve has ever played.

Reinsve and director Joachim Trier were in attendance when the main prizes were awarded in Southern France’s Cannes on Friday, July 9.

A romantic comedy-drama, The Worst Person in the World was one of 24 films released for the main competition during the festival. There was initial buzz about the film itself taking away the festival’s main prize; the coveted Palme d’Or. In the end, though, the Palme d’Or went to French film Titane.

Not entirely unexpected

The award for Best Female Actress being within reach was not entirely unexpected – as Reinsve and Trier had been explicitly called to Cannes prior to the award ceremony.

Minister of Culture Abid Raja (V) expressed excitement about the award.

“This award is incredibly great for Norwegian film, for Trier, and for Renate. For her, it will open a thousand new doors. And I look forward to following the national and international career that now awaits her,” Raja said to NTB.

A huge first

This is the first time a Norwegian actor, female or male, won one of the main prizes of the Cannes Film Festival.

It’s also the first time a Norwegian feature film won an award in the festival’s most prestigious competition program. Only nine Norwegian feature films have been nominated for the main competition since the festival began in 1946.

Attention surrounding the film and Reinsve has been enormous. Even before the award ceremony, Reisve said she received an international role offer as a result of The Worst Person in the World.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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