JENS LIEN

 
 

NORWEGIAN DIRECTOR JENS LIEN is educated at the London International Film School (1990-92). He started out making documentaries, commercials and industrial films along with short films. Among his short films are “Shut the Door” (2000) and “Natural Glasses” (2001), both invited for the Official Competition in Cannes.

His award-winning feature film debut “Jonny Vang” from 2003 premiered at Berlin International Film festival. His second feature “The Bothersome Man” won the ACID award in Critics' Week at Cannes International Film festival in 2006, and the Hampton Golden Starfish award the same year. It was officially selected for Toronto International Film Festival and has since the release won more than 30 international prizes. “Sons of Norway” had world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2011 and was the opening film for The Norwegian Film Festival.

His films have often surreal elements, inspired by a wide range of filmmakers. Jim Jarmush and Luis Bunuels made great impression on him in early years. Jens interest in music is hard to overlook. His films have often a distinct and original use of music and soundtracks.

Beforeigners - in production
Okkupert / Occupied
(season 2, episode 4-6) - 2017
Viva Hate - 2014  
Sønner av Norge / Sons of Norway - 2011
Everyday is a fishday - 2008
Den brysomme mannen / The Bothersome man - 2006
Making Faces - 2005
Bok kokken / The Book cook - 2004
Jonny Vang - 2003
Naturlige briller / Natural Glasses - 2001
SPENN /CASH - 2001
Døren som ikke Smakk / Shut the Door - 2000
Hver søndag hos mor / Sunday Dinner at Mom´s - 2000
Naken Greve / Making faces - 1998
Mitt Elektriske Kjøkken / My Electrical Kitchen - 1995
Cobra moonstar - 1992
Laid to rest - 1992
Montana - 1992



AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:

Viva Hate
Prix Europa for Best European tv-series - 2015  
 
Sons of Norway
Chicago international Movie and Music Fest - Best Feature Fiction -  2011
Gotenburg Film Festival - The FIPRESCI award - 2011
Arne Skouen Honorary Award  - 2006
Kritikerprisen (The Critic award) - 2006

Den brysomme mannen / The bothersome man
Gothenburg International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Award  - 2007
Festival du Film Fantastique Gérardmer - Grand Prix - 2007
Festival du Film Fantastique de Gerardmer - Sci-fi Award - 2007
Festival du Film Fantastique de Gerardmer - Youth Jury Award  - 2007
Cinequest Film Festival - Maverick Spirit Award - 2007
Nordic Film Festival, Rouen - Young European Jury Award - 2007
Norwegian Film Ciritcs' Award - 2007
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival - Main Prize: Black Tulip Award - 2007
Cannes International Film festival - ACID award - 2006
European Film Festival of Brussels - BeTV Prize of Best Film - 2006
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival - H.R. Giger Award "Narcisse" for Best Movie - 2006
Méliès d'argent for the Best full length European Film - 2006
International Film Festival Arsenals - FIRPRESCI Award - 2006
Athens International Film Festival - Best Director Award  - 2006
Hamptons International Film Festival - Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Film - 2006
Festival Nouveau Cinéma Montreal - The AQCC Award -  2006

Naturlige briller / Natural glasses
Public prize - Imagio Film Festival - 2002
Brussel International Film Festival for Fantasy and Si-Fi - Channal + prize - 2002
Cannes International Filmfestival - Official selection, competition - 2001
Canal+ Prize - Nordic Panorama - 2001  

Døren som ikke smack / Shut the door
Cannes International Filmfestival - Official selection, competition  - 2000

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