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Magnus joins The Lion Woman at the Norwegian International Film Festival

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- Films by US director Woody Allen, Germany’s Maren Ade, Spain’s Pedro Almodóvar, the UK’s Stephen Frears and France’s Mia Hansen-Løve have been selected for the showcase in Haugesund from 20-26 August

Magnus joins The Lion Woman at the Norwegian International Film Festival
Magnus by Benjamin Ree

After screening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, Germany’s Filmfest München and the Moscow International Film Festival, Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s feature-length documentary Magnus [+see also:
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will have its national premiere at the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, which runs from 20-26 August.

Magnus follows 13-year-old Magnus Carlsen, an introvert who was harassed by his classmates, who at 22 became World Chess Champion and was named one of the most influential people alive by Time Magazine. The festival will open with the world premiere of Norwegian director Vibeke Idsøe’s The Lion Woman [+see also:
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, adapted from Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen’s 2006 novel (read the news).

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For the main programme, festival director Tonje Hardersen has selected several international titles that were launched at Cannes, including US director Woody Allen’s Café Society, German filmmaker Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta [+see also:
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Q&A: Pedro Almodóvar
film profile
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, Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristi Puiu
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 and Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s After the Storm, as well as British filmmaker Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins [+see also:
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, French director Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things To Come [+see also:
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Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
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and Italian director Stefano Sollima’s Suburra [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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, among others.

The Cinemagi children’s section will be opened by Norwegian writer-director Peder Hamdahl NæssLittle Grey Fergie - Full Throttle [+see also:
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, his third movie (and the fifth in the series devised for TV and cinema by Norwegian director Trond Jacobsen). This time, a huge tree crashes down on the little tractor. To save his life, his owner transplants his spark plug into an old sports car. Slowly but surely, Fergie comes to enjoy it. Among the eight entries features Dutch director Dave Schram’s Regret! [+see also:
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, which won a European Film Award in 2014, and US director Andrew Stanton’s Pixar animation Finding Dory.

Six films made by students from Nordic film schools will compete for the Next Nordic Generation Award, established two years ago, which will be awarded by a jury including Norwegian directors Bent Hamer and Yngvild Sve Flikke, following the screenings on 25 August. Also on 25 August, one Swedish and two Norwegian actresses-turned-directors – Pernilla August, Liv Ullmann and Iram Haq – will meet for the Amanda convention, to discuss how their acting experiences have affected them as directors.

Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro will host the Amanda ceremony, where he will hand out Norway’s national film prizes, which will take place at Haugesund’s Maritim Hall on 26 August.

“This festival will also give audiences a unique opportunity to visit the cinema of the future,” Mats Klevjer, sales director of Videvox Norge cinema equipment, said. The company has installed a new screen, a Barco DP4K-60L laser projector, Dolby Atmos sound and new loudspeakers in Hall 1 of Haugesund’s Edda multiplex.

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