Hamer enters the Oscar race before his film has opened in Norway
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Shortly to be world-premiered at Toronto, Bent Hamer’s new feature 1001 Grams is Norway’s candidate for the Oscar nomination
The international prototype of the kilogram from 1879 – the mother of all kilos, the last physical weight reference still in use – is kept in a vault at the BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures) in Paris.
In Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s new feature, 1001 Grams [+see also:
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She falls in love with a French colleague, and now her own burden of disappointment, grief and – not least – love will end up on the scales in Hamer’s film, which he also wrote and produced for his own BulBul Film, with France’s Slot Machine and Germany’s Pandora Filmproduktion. The rest of the cast includes Stein Winge, Per Christian Ellefsen, Laurent Stocker and Hildegun Riise.
“1001 Grams stands out with a clear international profile – in Hamer’s unique way, it depicts sorrow, love, and the small and big challenges of life,” said the chairman of the Norwegian Oscar Committee, Sindre Guldvog, who is also managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute. “It is a compelling addition to Hamer’s impressive filmography that has previously represented Norway internationally.”
Hamer, who has twice before represented Norway in the Oscar race (Kitchen Stories in 2003 and O’Horten [+see also:
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