The festival will open with Joachim Trier’s Thelma and end with Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland. Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday is also now confirmed for the main programme.
Festival and Programme Director Tonje Hardersen is proud and happy to have finalised the film programme. She believes the national titles to be an illustration of the range in the Norwegian film landscape just now.
– We’re going to open the festival with Thelma by Joachim Trier, one of our greatest and most internationally recognised film artists. The main programme also contains Vidar the Vampire, a delightful example of the incredible dedication that exists out there among Norway’s independent film productions. And it is of course a great pleasure to have secured Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday, an international production with a clear Norwegian mark, through supporting roles that include Pål Sverre Hagen and Christian Rubeck.
– We have also included TV series in this year’s programme. Both Occupied and The Vikings are titles that perform strongly abroad and we look forward to give season 2 of these series their first encounter with an audience in Haugesund. The Norwegian titles combine to paint a picture of a diverse Norwegian film and TV landscape that enjoys both artistic and commercial success and that also transcends national boundaries. Norwegian cinema has become much more than Norwegian cinema.
Seven films from the Cannes main programme
Assistant Programme Director Martin Øsmundset thinks the festival has struck a nice balance between films with a broad appeal and arthouse films.
– “Something to please everyone” is a bit of a cliché but now I have to turn to it. If you look forward to gems from the Cannes main programme, we have seven of them – including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Michael Haneke’s Happy End. Would you like to bring the family? Watch the American blockbusters The Emoji Movie and Cars 3 or the Studio Ghibli gem The Cat Returns. Would you like something extraordinarily original? Quality Time. Do you wish for a claustrophobic seance of shark terror? 47 Meters Down. Hitmen in wheelchairs? Kills on Wheels. A comedy about Danish drunkards hiring a Russian hitman to murder their wives? Small Town Killers. An erotic thriller? The Double Lover. Interested in film history? Lumiére!. Electric car entrepreneur comedy from the creators of Clown? Dan Dream. Do you need more Jaime Lannister in your life? 3 Things.
Øsmundset is especially proud of the festival’s many Nordic titles.
– Our Nordic footprint is stronger than ever. I especially hope that Winter Brothers and Loving Pia will find an audience in Haugesund – these are two of the most powerful Nordic films I have seen in recent years. Then I hope audiences will find their way to the Icelandic suspense series Prisoners and the Swedish family drama Our Time Is Now, a completely awesome effort from the Swedish SVT. I also look forward to screening the nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize. The nominations will be announced during the festival on Tuesday 22 August, and the films will be screened here the day after.
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Joachim Trier will visit the festival with his thriller Thelma, this year’s opening film. In its title role we find Eili Harboe from Stavanger. In mysterious fashion a young girl is drawn to her fellow student Anja (Kaya Wilkins) and she will experience frightening and supernatural powers. Harboe and Wilkins are among the actors that will come to Haugesund.
Dome Karukoski, last seen in Haugesund with The Grump, returns with this year’s closing film in Haugesund, Tom of Finland. Jakob Oftebro will also visit us – he has an important supporting role in this drama, based on the real story of the world famous artist who was a brave pioneer in the struggle for gay rights.
Tommy Wirkola and Pål Sverre Hagen are among the guests who will come to Haugesund with What Happened to Monday, a dystopian vision of the future where Noomi Rapace plays as many as seven parts, as the sisters who are sharing a common identity to be able move around in an over-populated society with a strict one-child policy. Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close are also playing in the film.
Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland visit Haugesund with Vidar the Vampire, produced by the indie film company UFOh! from Stavanger. The company has also been behind, among other things, music videos for Kaizers Orchestra, Kvelertak and Oliver Hohlbrugger.
Director Erik Skjoldbjærg and several of the actors, including Henrik Mestad, will be present for the premiere of the two first episodes of Occupied 2. There is also a premiere of the two first episodes of The Vikings 2, with guests present.
Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and Michael Haneke’s family drama Happy End both competed for the Palme d’Or in Cannes. The Cannes main programme films in Haugesund this year also include Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon, Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute, Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable, the brothers Ben and Joshua Safdie’s Good Time with Robert Pattinson in the lead, and François Ozon’s thriller The Double Lover.
This year’s special screenings include Charlotte Sieling’s The Rivals from Denmark, with an impressive cast led by Jakob Oftebro, Ane Dahl Torp and Søren Malling from Denmark. The festival also maintains its strong Nordic profile with films like Katja Wik’s The Ex-Wife and Rojda Sekersöz’s Dream On.
This year the festival has been extended with the architecture film programme Norwegian ArchFest. The films include Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s documentary Big Time, providing a unique insight into the creative mind of one of the world’s most successful and innovate architects – Bjarke Ingels.