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Sara Johnsen

The award-winning Norwegian director Sara Johnsen (b. 1970) is one of Scandinavia’s most distinguished directors and writers. In addition to penning and directing TV-series and feature films, Johnsen is the author of two novels: White Man, and He Knows Something She Can Try.

Johnsen’s acclaimed short film Houdini’s Hound (2003) became an instant international hit, showing at festivals all over the world and winning ‘Best Short Film’ at Berlin International Film Festival and Almería International Short Film Festival among others. Her first feature film, Kissed by Winter (2005), received fantastic reviews and became Norway’s submission to the Academy Awards. It was also the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize.

2009 saw the release of Johnsen’s second feature, Upperdog, which was received with great acclamation and became a box office success. Upperdog was presented with the Norwegian Film Critics Award and became the big winner at that year’s Amanda Awards, among else taking home the awards for ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Direction’, ‘Best Actress’, and ‘Best Cinematography’.

All That Matters Is Past (2012) had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for ‘Best Nordic Film’ at the Gothenburg Film Festival. Johnsen’s latest feature, Framing Mom (2017) gained great attention for its excellent direction and leading actress, Ruby Dagnall, who was awarded ‘Best Actress’ at the Amanda Awards.

Johnsen is currently working on 22 July, a series about the everyday heroes who took action following the terror attack in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. The anticipated series, created by Johnsen and Pål Sletaune, will premiere early 2020.

Awards

Festival del Cinema Europeo Nominee, Trondheim International Film Festival Nominee, Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee, Arne Skouens Honorary Award, TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Nominee, Amanda Awards, Amanda Awards Nominee, Trondheim International Film Festival, Rouen Nordic Film Festival, Trondheim International Film Festival, Nordic Council Film Prize Nominee, Norwegian International Film Festival, Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee, Camerimage Nominee, Trondheim International Film Festival, Brussels European Film Festival Nominee, AFI Fest, Nordic Council Film Prize Nominee, Amanda Awards, Amanda Awards Nominee, Bratislava International Film Festival Nominee, Aspen Shortsfest, Buster International Children's Film Festival, Chicago International Children's Film Festival Nominee, Almería International Short Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Amanda Awards Nominee, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival See full list
Festival del Cinema Europeo Nominee (Best Film) Italia – Rosemari 2017
Trondheim International Film Festival Nominee (Best Director) Norway – Uskyld 2013
Gothenburg Film Festival Nominee (Best Nordic Film) Sweden – Uskyld 2013
Arne Skouens Honorary Award Norway 2012
TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards (The Jury Award) – Uskyld 2012
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prize) Estonia – Uskyld 2012
Amanda Awards (Best Direction) Norway – Upperdog 2010
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Norway – Upperdog 2010
Trondheim International Film Festival (Best Original Screenplay) Norway – Upperdog 2010
Rouen Nordic Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize) France – Upperdog 2010
Trondheim International Film Festival (Best Director) Norway – Upperdog 2010
Nordic Council Film Prize Nominee – Upperdog 2010
Norwegian International Film Festival (Film Critics Award) Norway – Upperdog 2009
Warsaw International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Poland – Upperdog 2009
Camerimage Nominee (Golden Frog) Poland – Vinterkyss 2006
Trondheim International Film Festival (Best Director) Norway – Vinterkyss 2006
Brussels European Film Festival Nominee (Golden Iris) Belgium – Vinterkyss 2005
AFI Fest (Grand Jury Prize) US – Vinterkyss 2005
Nordic Council Film Prize Nominee – Vinterkyss 2005
Amanda Awards (Best Debut) Norway – Vinterkyss 2005
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Screenplay) Norway – Vinterkyss 2005
Bratislava International Film Festival Nominee (Grand Prix) Slovakia – Vinterkyss 2005
Aspen Shortsfest (Special Jury Award) US – Houdinis hund 2004
Buster International Children's Film Festival (Buster's Short Film Award) Denmark – Houdinis hund 2003
Chicago International Children's Film Festival Nominee (Adult's Jury Award) US – Houdinis hund 2003
Almería International Short Film Festival (Best Short Film) Spain – Houdinis hund 2003
Berlin International Film Festival (Best Short Film) Germany – Houdinis hund 2003
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Children's or Youth Film) Norway – Houdinis hund 2003
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Special Prize in Memoriam R.W. Fassbinder) Germany – Folk flest bor i Kina 2002
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (FIPRESCI Prize) Germany – Folk flest bor i Kina 2002
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The award-winning Norwegian director Sara Johnsen is one of Scandinavia’s most distinguished directors and writers. In addition to penning and directing TV-series and feature films, Johnsen is the author of two novels: White Man, and He Knows Something She Can Try.

Her first feature film, Kissed by Winter (2005), received fantastic reviews, became Norway’s submission to the Academy Awards, won the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest and was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize. Her second feature, Upperdog (2009), was received with great acclamation and became a box office success. Upperdog was presented with the Norwegian Film Critics Award and became the big winner at that year’s Amanda Awards.

All That Matters Is Past (2012) had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for ‘Best Nordic Film’ at the Gothenburg Film Festival.

Johnsen is currently working on 22 July, a series about the everyday heroes who took action following the terror attack in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. The anticipated series, created by Johnsen and Pål Sletaune, will premiere early 2020.