The horror comedy Vidar the Vampire receives its world premiere during the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. This film is the most spectacular example of a new wave of film enthusiasts from the Stavanger region.
– Vidar the Vampire is both a rough and fun genre film that is crackling with energy. What these gifted enthusiasts have managed with very limited resources is very impressive, Festival and Programme Director Tonje Hardersen says.
The film’s director, producer and lead actor Thomas Berg looks forward to screening the film in Haugesund:
– We have always had great faith in our project, but the fact that Vidar the Vampire will get its world premiere at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund has exceeded all of our wildest dreams. We are extremely proud and beside ourselves with happiness, and look enormously forward to the start of the festival, Thomas Berg says.
About Vidar the Vampire
Vidar Hårr is a 33-year-old sexually frustrated bachelor farmer enduring a Christian, monotonous and arduous life working at his mother’s farm. In a desperate appeal to the higher powers, Vidar prays for help to break out of his routine and live a life without restrictions. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard, and one night Vidar wakes up as a prince of darkness in Stavanger, the city of sins.
Vidar the Vampire is produced by UFOh!, a small indie film company from Stavanger whose productions include music videos for Kaizers Orchestra (Hjerteknuser), Kvelertak (Bruane Brenn) and Oliver Hohlbrugger (Satan, you can have me), as well as the short film BELIEVEtheDANCE (a fantasy horror dance comedy).
The film will receive a gala premiere on Wednesday 23 August with cast and crew present on the red carpet.
More from Rogaland County: Quality Time
Thomas Berg also plays one of the central roles in the Dutch film Quality Time, directed by Daan Bakker, which is also screened during this year’s festival. Quality Time is co-produced together with the Rogaland-based Leader Films and is partly shot in Norway. It has received financial support by Mediefondet Zefyr.
Quality Time is about five men, five stories, told in widely different styles but knit together by director Daan Bakker’s ability to comment on the lives of slacker characters in a sharp yet warm way. It’s not always easy to get your life going – a UFO might be in the way, or a bucket of urine hidden in a bedroom. But sometimes a time machine can be of help, perhaps.
The Norwegian International Film Festival, in co-operation with Filmkraft Rogaland, has curated a special programme of short films from Rogaland County. A total of five films are screened, a collective proof of the cinematic diversity the region has to offer. The films are Carl Lange, A Heart That Beats, Hvalagapet, Traces in the Universe and Black Gold.
– This year’s festival programme is a clear proof that something very good and creative is under way in Rogaland, Festival and Programme Director Tonje Hardersen says.
– The Norwegian International Film Festival likes nothing better than to promote new filmmakers, and doing it in the region where the festival takes place makes it even more fun. We are enormously looking forward to show all of these fantastic films in Haugesund.