Algarve-raised film director wins award in US

“Second Honeymoon”, a new film by Algarve-raised director Kristjan Knigge, received the Trailblazer Award at the Flyway Festival in Wisconsin, USA last weekend.

The award came on the same day the film premiered at the festival (October 24), leaving its crew “very happy”.

“The response was incredible. The audience laughed and cried and clapped and clapped. And I even enjoyed watching the film myself a little bit, despite my nerves,” Knigge wrote on the Facebook page of the movie’s production company Longship Films.

“Second Honeymoon” was shot over six days in the Algarve and Alentejo. It tells the story of newlyweds Jesper and Agnes, who are spending their honeymoon at the beautiful lakeside home of Jesper’s uncle Harry, deep in sun-drenched Portugal.

Free-spirit artist Agnes is determined to persuade her emotionally-repressed new husband to open up. But as they explore the idyllic countryside, the picturesque villages and the stunning beaches together, their happiness is threatened by Jesper’s memories of an earlier, similar holiday.

Other films by Kristjan will be featured in international festivals soon, such as popular comedy drama “The Right Juice”, which will be showing at the Bahamas International Film Festival in December.

Kristjan was brought up in the Algarve and is an ex-student of the Algarve International School. He now lives in Amsterdam but returns to film in the Algarve whenever possible, as he says “the light, locations and locals are perfect for filming”.

Kristjan is the son of BJ Boulter, famous for her production work in the Algarve and in a number of her son’s movies.

Information on when “Second Honeymoon” can be viewed in Portugal is expected soon.

Follow Longship Film’s Facebook page page to keep up to date with Kristjan’s films.