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Norwegian director receives the Palm d'Or

Norwegian director Bobbie Peers' debut film 'Sniffer' won the Palm d'Or in the best short film category in Cannes, making Peers the first Norwegian to bring home this coveted award. Another Norwegian film 'The bothersome man' received praise in the Critics' Week's own awards.

30/05/2006 :: The 31-year-old debut director from Sandnes on Norway's west coast completed an historical accomplishment this weekend, seen from  a Norwegian point of view. Norway has been represented with other short films at Cannes before, but has never reached the top. Approximately 2000 short films are sent in annually, and "Sniffer" competed against nine other films in the final round. With this award, Peers hopes he'll soon be able to also make feature length films.

"I've been writing features for myself since the year 2000; I've written three features already, which haven't been made. So I hope this is the chance to get them made. I also want to make more short films, because it's a growing format and you can tell certain stories in the short format that you can't do in a feature," said Peers at a press conference after the awards ceremony.

'Sniffer' had its world premier at the Tromsø International Film Festival in January of this year, and is about a society where everyone can fly, but no one does it. By wearing gravity boots they are bolted to the ground, however one day a man has had enough. He tears off his boots and literally takes off.

'The bothersome man' by the Norwegian director Jens Lien also received positive acclaim in Cannes. The film was awarded Prix Acid, one of several distinctions awarded at the Critics' Week's own ceremony.

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The Palme d'Or is one of the most coveted awards in the film industry. Bobbie Peers is Norway's first recipient.Photo: www.festival-cannes.fr

In the move "Sniffer", everyone can fly, but choose not to. That is until one man has had enough and literally takes off. This is Bobbie Peers' debut film.Photo: Norwegian Institute of Film