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Haugesund finds local bookends for 2011 edition

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Haugesund finds local bookends for 2011 edition

Unspooling between August 17-26, the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund has selected local features to bookend this year’s showcase: Jens Lien’s Sons of Norway for the beginning, and Joachim Trier’s Oslo, 31 August [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
for the end. Neither has yet been on domestic show.

Having premiered his two first features in Berlin and Cannes, Lien (The Bothersome Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jens Lien
interview: Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
film profile
]
) will launch his third on home turf, starting Haugesund’s main programme on August 21. Based on Nikolaj Frobenius’ novel Theory & Practice, it is the story of a family in the early 1970s with a radical father, who decides the Bærum neighbourhood is the ideal place for the children to grow up. Soon after the mother is killed by a hit-and-run driver; faith in the future is shattered.

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Set against the backdrop of “revolt, punk and suburban hell,” Sons of Norway stars Sven Nordin, Åsmund Høegh and Sonja Richter. The film will be released in Norway by Nordisk Film on December 9, and Paris-based Films Distribution handles foreign sales.

The only Scandinavian entry in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes, Oslo, 31 August follows ”one man, one city, 24 hours”, and stars Anders Danielsen (see review).

Scripted with Eskil Vogt, and with Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava and Petter With also in the cast, Trier’s (Reprise [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
interview: Karin Julsrud
film profile
]
) third feature was produced by Yngve Sæther and Hans-Jørgen Osnes for Motlys, in collaboration with Don’t Look Now. Sandrew Metronome Norge will launch it domestically on...August 31, while Germany’s Match Factory handles international sales.

The Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund will this year be preceded by the New Nordic Films market and Co-Production Forum between August 17-20, which last year registered 350 participants, and the Amanda Awards on August 20.

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