Another 14 new films during “an historic year for Norway”
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The first Palme d’Or contender at Cannes for 36 years, five family pictures, disaster, drama, comedy and horror are on the release schedule for the rest of 2015
“It is an historic year for Norwegian cinema, with an outstanding achievement – for the first time in 36 years, there was a Norwegian film in competition at Cannes: Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile],” said Sindre Guldvog, managing director of the Norwegian Film Institute, when the institute introduced the upcoming repertoire of local releases at Oslo’s Film House.
“Norway is more present on the international scene than ever,” added Guldvog. France’s Les Arcs European Film Festival (12-19 December) will feature an extensive focus on Norway, and it will be the fourth international showcase this year with special programmes on Norway, including one at the largest film event in the Nordic countries, the Göteborg Film Festival (29 January-8 February).
A total of 14 new Norwegian films – Louder Than Bombs, Norway’s first disaster movie (Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile]), five family pictures, drama, comedy and horror (Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum [+see also:
film profile]) – which will all reach local cinemas before the end of the year were presented by producers, directors and actors. Three of them are screening at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund (16-21 August): Trier’s, Uthaug’s and Kari Anne Moe’s Rebels.
Featuring among the new films for family audiences – traditionally strong performers on the Norwegian charts – are Arne Lindtner Næss’ Casper and Emma on Safari [+see also:
film profile], Rasmus A Sivertsen-Rune Spaans’ Two Buddies and a Badger [+see also:
film profile], Arild Fröhlich’s Doctor Proctor Bubble in the Bathtub [+see also:
film profile], Thale Persen’s The Christmas King – In Full Armor [+see also:
film profile] and Sivertsen’s Solan and Ludvig – From Here to Pinchcliff [+see also:
interview: Rasmus A Sivertsen