On Tuesday, the 57th Festival de Télévision in Monte-Carlo awarded the Nymphe d’Or for Best Actor to Aksel Hennie for his role in Nobel, against stiff competition from Gustaf Hammarsten (Midnight Sun), Jude Law (The Young Pope), and Rufus Sewell (Victoria).
Nobel follows Lieutenant Erling Riiser (Aksel Hennie) from the Armed Forces Special Commando Unit who heads home to Norway after a long tour in Afghanistan. He soon becomes a pawn in an international game of politics, and as the stakes grow higher he is forced to discover just how far he will go in the name of peace.
Meanwhile, Norway’s Pål Refsdal won Best Documentary for Dugma – The Button against Brave New World (USA), Saudi Arabia Uncovered (UK), The German Diagnosis (Denmark) and The Great Amazon (Japan).
Dugma captures the stories of two Al-Qaeda martyrdom seekers about to embark on a suicide bombing. We meet Abu Qusawara, a well-fed Saudi with a passion for fried chicken, and Abu Basir, a bookish Brit whose yearning for a martyr’s death is called into question when he becomes a husband and a father.
The Nymphe d’Or (Golden Nymph) is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the world for international television production. The statue itself is a copy of the Nymphe de Salmacis created by Monaco sculptor François Joseph Bosio, who was sculptor for King Louis XVIII, and the original is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris.