After Trier’s Oslo, August 31st date, nothing is Louder than Bombs
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
02/02/2012 - After Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st [trailer, film focus] last week (January 29) took two top prizes at the French Premier Plans Film Festival at Angers (Best Film, Best Actor Anders Danielsen Lie) – and the film was sold for US distribution – the Norwegian director will now go ahead with his new project, Louder than Bombs, a Norwegian-American drama to shoot in the US.
Norwegian producer Sigve Endresen, of Oslo-based Motlys AS, who also produced Oslo, August 31st, confirmed that he is currently working with US production outfit, LA-based Bona Fide Productions, to package the feature so it can start filming this autumn.
”Trier is polishing the script, while we are discussing cast, locations and finishing the budget,” explained Endresen, who will produce with Hans Jørgen Osnes, now with Motlys after making Trier’s latest movie for Don’t Look Now, their jointly-owned shingle.
After his feature debut, Reprise [trailer, film focus], which won several international awards, including Best Director in Karlovy Vary, Trondheim – ”we had considered numerous projects, then Eskil [Vogt] and I just sat down and wrote an American film”.
”Since the production was delayed, we decided to make a quick Norwegian movie. After two screenplays we were beginning to rely on our intuition and instincts – Reprise took us four years to complete, Oslo, August 31st four months,” he recalled.
His second outing had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Festival and went on to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize and be nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, before a successful ride on the international festival circuit.
The first Norwegian director to have twice been selected for Sundance, Trier’s Oslo, August 31st was prior to this year’s festival picked up for American distribution by LA-based Strand Releasing. Germany’s Match Factory has so far licensed the film to more than 20 territories.