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CANNES 2006 Norway

Uro and The Bothersome Man get sales agents

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Stefan Faldbakken’s directorial debut Uro [+see also:
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, selected in Un Certain Regard, has just been picked up by French sales agent Rezo Films International for worldwide distribution (outside Scandinavia), and Jens Lien’s second feature, The Bothersome Man [+see also:
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, screening in the Critics’ Week, will he handled by German sales company Bavaria Film International.

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Uro, co-written by Faldbakken and Harald Rosenløw Eeg (Hawaii, Oslo [+see also:
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), is the story of a delinquent-turned-undercover policeman investigating drug trafficking, who exposes one of his best friends. The film was produced by Christian Fredrik Martin – Norway’s Producer On The Move in Cannes this year – with Asle Vatn for Friland Film. It will be running for Best Film within the Un Certain Regard line-up and for the Caméra d’Or. After its world premiere in Cannes, Uro will open Norway’s biggest film festival, Haugesund, on August 19, before its official Norwegian release through Sandrew Metronome on August 25.

Based on a radio play by screenwriter Per Schreiner, The Bothersome Man functions as a concise parable of modern society and the consumerism and obsession with appearance that have replaced sensitivity and human sentiment. The unlucky main character, 40 year-old Andreas (Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Junk Mail), who arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there, is the only one who finds it bizarre. As he explores his new surroundings like a refugee, Andreas realizes that he has arrived in a dangerous parallel universe and that he must escape at all cost.

The film, which will screen in competition in the Critics’ Week on May 20, is a Norwegian/Icelandic co-production between Tordenfilm and the Icelandic Film Company, supported by the Norwegian Film Fund, Sandrew Metronome Norge AS, the Icelandic Film Centre and Norsk Filmstudio AS. It will be released in Norway on May 26.

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