16mm-screening of Flesh + Blood at Jackmans bedehus!

Paul Verhoevens cult masterpiece takes center place as this years 16mm-screening at Jackmans Bedehus.  The romantic- adventure action story takes place 1501, in Western Europe, in a period when the black plague is jeopardizing the populations, an army of mercenary peasants led by Martin fights side-by-side with the noble Arnolfini to retrieve his castle, with the promise of a huge reward. However, the band is betrayed by Arnolfini, and decides to pay him back, assaulting and stealing a caravan under the command of Arnolfini and his son and student, Steven. In one of the wagon is traveling the fiancée of Steven, Agnes, who is accidentally kidnapped and later raped by the group. Agnes becomes Martin’s mate, and the mercenaries decide to invade a castle, without knowing that the army of Arnolfini is chasing them.

You will never see the 1500s look more 1980s!

When: Tuesday August 21, 9pm

Where: Jackmans Bedehus

  • Program
  • Original title
    Flesh + Blood
  • Director
    Paul Verhoeven
  • Playtime
    2 h 8 min
  • Year
    1985
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    15

And Breathe Normally

At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while being trapped by unforeseen circumstances. Between a struggling single Icelandic mother, and a political asylum seeker from Africa, an intimate bond will form as both fights to get their lives back on track.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Andið eðlilega
  • Director
    Ísold Uggadóttir
  • Writers
    Ísold Uggadóttir
  • Photo
    Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
  • Actors
    Þorsteinn Bachmann, Gunnar Jónsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Sveinn Geirsson, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson
  • Playtime
    100 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Iceland
  • Age limit
    12 år
  • Production
    Zik Zak Kvikmyndir
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

As I Fall

Joachim is 28 years old. His charming smile veils the daily battle he fights within himself as he struggles to manage a heroin addiction. He smokes everyday and tries to quit almost every other. He hates the drug and the control it has over him, but it removes his pain. His loneliness. After years locked in a cycle of abuse, Joachim is on the verge of a breakdown. He gets an unexpected call from his ex-girlfriend, Maria. She’s been arrested and is worried about their 5-year-old son, Lukas. Joachim hasn’t seen Lukas since he was born, and she begs Joachim to take care of Lukas until she’s released. Without much of a choice and thinking it will only be for a few hours, Joachim agrees. To his own surprise Joachim wants to keep Lukas. He wants a reason to be the person he thinks he is – a responsible man. A sober man. A father.

A gripping drama and a impressive production from the Norway’s leading film school, As I Fall will have the honor of closing this year’s festival.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Når jeg faller
  • Director
    Magnus Meyer Arnesen
  • Producer
    Gyda Velvin Myklebust, Magnus Kristiansen
  • Writers
    Magnus Meyer Arnesen, Kristian Landmark
  • Photo
    Ivar Taim
  • Actors
    Preben Hodneland, Marius Aandal Pedersen, Alexandra Gjerpen, Vidar Sandem, Morten Svartveit
  • Playtime
    1 h 37 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    The Norwegian Film School
  • Distributor
    SF Studios Norway

Beast

In a small island community in Jersey, a young woman falls for a mysterious stranger who gives her the opportunity to escape her oppressive family. She defends him at all costs when he is suddenly suspected of a series of brutal murders, and at the same time learns what she is capable of coping with.

The plot takes place in Jersey. “Beast” is a psychological drama triller about Moll, a young girl played by impressive newcomer Jessie Buckley. She meets the exciting stranger Pascal, while rumors about a serialist spreading across the isolated island. Moll has challenges with controlling and indulgent relatives, and her own dark background. Pascal seems to be the only one who really understands her. However, it is somewhat dark and mysterious with Pascal, and he attracts attention soon to the killings. The question is, how far is Moll willing to go to protect her new lover and soulmate?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Beast
  • Director
    Michael Pearce
  • Producer
    Kristian Brodie, Lauren Dark, Ivana MacKinnon
  • Writers
    Michael Pearce
  • Photo
    Benjamin Kracun
  • Actors
    Johnny Flynn, Jessie Buckley, Geraldine James, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Hattie Gotobed, Emily Taaffe
  • Playtime
    1 t 47 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    England
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Agile Films, BFI Film Fund, British Film Institute, Film4, Stray Bear Productions
  • Distributor
    Storytelling Media

Becoming Astrid

Becoming Astrid explores the story of the famous children’s books author Astrid Lindgren’s early life. Astrid Ericsson grew up in rural Sweden in a deeply religious, close-knit community. When Astrid gets a position as a secretary at the local newspaper, her growing friendship with the editor will be cause for greater consequences than she is able to foresee. Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen draws the Swedish icon’s early life with sober strokes and tenderness on screen, portraying the now famous Astrid as a human in the face of life’s most difficult choices. Shooting star Alba August portrays the young Astrid, while Maria Bonnevie, Henrik Rafaelsen and Maria Fahl Vikander (mother of Oscar winner Alicia Vikander) embodies a colorful character gallery.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Unga Astrid
  • Directors
    Pernille Fischer Christensen,
  • Writers
    Pernille Fischer Christensen, Kim Fupz Aakeson
  • Photo
    Erik Molberg Hansen
  • Actors
    Alba August, Maria Bonnevie, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maria Fahl Vikander ,
  • Playtime
    123 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    12

Bellboy

A servant who ruled over everything.

When the famous Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra prepares to perform a symphony by Joonas Kokkonen, Heikki Tikka works in the shadows to make sure every single thing is in it’s right place. Bellboy is a documentary short film about the servant who ruled over everything.

Terhi Kokkonen studies screenwriting and film editing at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is also a well known Finnish lyricist and singer. Bellboy is her Master of Arts Degree Work for Film, and her debut in film directing.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Bellboy
  • Director
    Terhi Kokkonen
  • Producer
    Jenni Dollery/Terhi Kokkonen
  • Writers
    Terhi Kokkonen
  • Photo
    Joell Grandell
  • Playtime
    20 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    All
  • Production
    Aalto University

Bergman – A Year in a Life

During a six-year period in the mid-twentieth century, something unsurpassed happens. A lanky and not very well known Swede, about to turn forty years old, enters a period of film production without precedent. Between 1957 and 1963 he directs some of the greatest classics in the history of cinema: The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Devil’s Eye, The Virgin Spring, Through A Glass Darkly, Winter Light and The Silence, among others. In addition, he directs twelve stage plays, six films made for television and writes several scripts.

Bergman – A Year in a Life reveals previously untold stories and information about Ingmar Bergman’s life and character but also discloses his inner life through his own words. Few artists have explained themselves as extensively and intimately as Ingmar Bergman. From archive interviews, his memoirs and his working journals, we get a unique insight in his working and creative methods, his violent temper, his fears and anxieties, his passions and his doubts.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Bergman - Ett år, ett liv
  • Director
    Jane Magnusson
  • Producers
    Mattias Nohrborg , Cecilia Nessen, Fredrik Heinig
  • Writers
    Mattias Nohrborg
  • Playtime
    1 h 57 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Distributor
    SF Studios

Bike Bird

Nahid (12) is an asylum seeker in Norway. She has a dream she wants to realize, which turns out to be difficult for her: She wants to learn how to ride a bike. Her parents won’t allow it, fearing for her reputation if they’re deported. Girls who ride bikes are frowned upon in Afghanistan. But Nahid is a fighter, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams.

Bike Bird is a visual story wherein the effort to stay balanced on a bicycle becomes a metaphor for balancing between two different cultures.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Sykkelfugl
  • Director
    Odveig Klyve, Kari Klyve-Skaug
  • Producer
    Audun Skaug, Gunhild Oddsen og Kari Klyve-Skaug
  • Writers
    Odveig Klyve
  • Actors
    Lanika Batool Ali, Jawahar Worozghani, Sneha Worozghani, Rizwana Raza, Ahsan Raza, Pål Espen Mulder Kilstad
  • Playtime
    15 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Iris Film AS

BlacKkKlansman

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.

USA, early 1970s. It’s a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Together with his colleague Filip Zimmerman he takes on the racist organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Produced by the team behind the Academy Award-winning Get OutBlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world. The film won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and was one of the nominees for the Palme D’Or.

  • Program
  • Director
    Spike Lee
  • Producer
    Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick,
  • Writers
    Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
  • Photo
    Chayse Irvin
  • Actors
    John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, Ryan Eggold
  • Playtime
    2 h 8 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC
  • Distributor
    United International Pictures

Blade Runner 2049

Los Angeles anno 2049 is a chaotic, overcrowded and polluted monster of a city where Niander Wallace has bought the stumps of Tyrell Corporation and their technology and is king on the hill with its constructed androids, called “replicants.” The LAPD Officer K  is a “blade runner” looking for replicas on the run and stumbles across a dark secret while on a mission. To answer, he is looking for Deckard , a former “blade runner” that disappeared 30 years ago.

Blade Runner 2049 is a powerful and majestic science fiction from director Denis Villeneuve who took the audience and critics by storm when it came to cinema last year.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Blade Runner 2049
  • Director
    Denis Villeneuve
  • Producer
    Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes, Bud Yorkin
  • Writers
    Hampton Fancher, Michael Green, Hampton Fancher etter Philip K. Dicks novelle
  • Photo
    Roger Deakins
  • Actors
    Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Robin Wright
  • Playtime
    2 t 44 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Alcon Entertainment med flere
  • Distributor
    United International Pictures

Blind Spot

How do we cope with the unthinkable? Tuva Novotny has made a hard-hitting film that has to be described as one of the most impressive feature debuts in recent years. Blind Spot tackles the grey areas of mental illness; the blind spots that can be so difficult to detect. For 98 intense minutes we follow a mother’s struggle to understand her daughter Tea’s crisis as it affects the entire family. Pia Tjelta is formidable as Tea’s mother, especially considering the fact that the entire film is shot in one single take. The same has to be said of Mathea Øien fantastic acting debut as Tea.

Tuva Novotny is first and foremost known as an actress in several Scandinavian films and drama series, and has also appeared in international projects. She had her directing debut for four episodes of the series Dag, and has since directed an episode of the Netflix hit Lillyhammer. She has also written the movie script for Blind Spot, grounded in her desire to create more openness around its serious subject. How can we as adults, parents and society help our children and youth open up about difficult thoughts and mental suffering, when our ideals are built on the pursuit of happiness and plenty?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Blindsone
  • Director
    Tuva Novotny
  • Producer
    Elisabeth Kvithyll
  • Writers
    Tuva Novotny
  • Photo
    Jonas Alarik
  • Actors
    Pia Tjelta, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Nora Mathea Øien, Oddgeir Thune, Per Frisch
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Nordisk Film Production
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Film Distribution

Bog Hole

Bog Hole follows ten-year-olds Jenny and Ingrid on an autumn day in the Northern-Norwegian marshlands. Jenny is secretly distressed, concealing the fact that her father has left her. She just wants to be with her friend and go camping with Ingrid and her dad, just as she has done with her own father. But Ingrid doesn’t really want to share her dad with anyone. When he realizes he has left the tent poles behind and has to walk the long way back to the car, the two girls are left alone at the camp site, heading for a confrontation they can’t run away from.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Myrhull
  • Director
    Torfinn Iversen
  • Producer
    Julia Andersen
  • Writers
    Katrine Strøm
  • Actors
    Anderz Eide, Kristine Vikhammer Pettersen, Wiola Wilmi
  • Playtime
    11 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    EdelZek AS

Border

Tina works as a customs officer at a Swedish ferry terminal. She is perceived as strange by both her colleagues and the other people around her. She is, however, the very best at what she does – she has an extraordinary sense of smell capable of detecting the darkest secrets of those who are trying to get through customs. One day she meets Vore, a mysterious traveller. Tina knows he’s hiding something but can’t figure out what it is. She is both fascinated and intrigued, and can’t quite seem to let him go. A few weeks later they meet again and he turns her world upside-down.

Border is a dark love story, balancing between reality and the supernatural. The film was the winner of the section Un Certain Regard at Cannes, a category for the most innovating and edgy films of the past year.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gräns
  • Director
    Ali Abbasi
  • Producer
    Nina Bisgaard, Piodor Gustafsson, Petra Jönsson
  • Writers
    isabella Eklöf, Ali Abbasi, John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Photo
    Nadim Carlsen
  • Actors
    Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Viktor Åkerblom
  • Playtime
    1 h 41 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Production
    Meta Spark & Kärnfilm
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Boy Gets Eaten

For some boys, sex is a nightmare.

When Anders is pushed to have sex at a party – traumatic experiences from his past begin to haunt him.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Boy Gets Eaten
  • Director
    Sebastian Lagerkvist
  • Producer
    Grunde Tveiten
  • Writers
    Caroline B. Arnesen
  • Photo
    Øyvind S. Lunde
  • Playtime
    25 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway

Burnt

Culinary Cinema – Friday August 24th 8 PM.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant aspiring to gain their third Michelin star.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Burnt
  • Director
    John Wells
  • Writers
    Steven Knight
  • Actors
    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Alicia Vikander, Omar Sy
  • Playtime
    1 h 4 min
  • Year
    2015
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    The Weinstein Company

Butterflies

Cemal, Kenan, and Suzi are siblings who have grown apart since leaving Hasanlar, the tiny village where they grew up, and going their separate ways. When an unexpected call from their estranged father demands they return to the village immediately, Cemal, the eldest, is tasked with reuniting the family and convincing his brother and sister to take a road trip back to the places and memories they have been working so hard to forget. As they try to piece their dysfunctional family back together and confront their shared past, they’ll have to contend with each other’s peculiarities and get to know one another all over again, even as the strangest elements of all await them in the village.

This turkish delight of a road trip was awarded with the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festivalen earlier this year.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kelebekler
  • Director
    Tolga Karaçelik
  • Producer
    Tolga Karaçelik , Diloy Gülün , Metin Anter
  • Writers
    Tolga Karaçelik
  • Photo
    Andaç Sahan
  • Actors
    Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçağlayan, Tuğçe Altuğ
  • Playtime
    117 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Turkey
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Karma Films
  • Sale
    Karma Films
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Capharnaüm

INT. COURTROOM
ZAIN, a 12-year-old boy, faces THE JUDGE.
THE JUDGE: Why are you suing your own parents?
ZAIN: For giving me life.

A runaway boy sues his parents for bringing him into the world in this sprawling tale of against-the-odds resilience. Nadine Labaki has managed to do a film on the slum of Lebanon with both heart and compassion. The film won the prestigious jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Cpharnaüm
  • Director
    Nadine Labaki
  • Writers
    Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily
  • Photo
    Christopher Aoun
  • Actors
    Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure, Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad
  • Playtime
    120 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Lebanon, USA
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Mooz Films
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Colombus

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Colombus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.

With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada’s Colombus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, Colombus is also a showcase for its director’s striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Colombus
  • Director
    Kogonada
  • Producer
    Andrew Miano Executive producers Chris Weitz Max A. Butler Aaron Boyd Bill Harnisch Giulia Caruso Mattia Bogianchino Ki Jin Kim Beatrice Camerana. Danielle Renfrew Behrens Ruth Ann Harnisch
  • Writers
    Kogonada
  • Photo
    Elisha Cristian
  • Actors
    Rory CulkinJohn ChoErin AllegrettiMichelle ForbesParker PoseyHaley Lu Richardson
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    15 år
  • Production
    Depth of Field Nonetheless Productions Superlative Films
  • Sale
    Visitfilms
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Custody

In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson decides to ask for exclusive custody to her son, in order to protect him from a father that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien Besson will do everything to prevent the worst from happening.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Jusqu'à la garde
  • Director
    Xavier Legrand
  • Actors
    Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet, Thomas Gioria
  • Playtime
    93 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    K.G. Productions

Dandelion Mum

When my mom was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, she learned that she only had 2-3 years left to live. But instead of giving up she decided to fight. Now she works as a guest researcher at Harvard. Thanks to that she can get life-prolonged treatment in the United States. But she can not come home, because the treatment she needs is not available in Norway.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Løvetannmamma
  • Director
    Barbora Hollan
  • Writers
    Barbora Hollan
  • Photo
    Barbora Hollan, Annicken N. Aasheim
  • Playtime
    30 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    The Norwegian Film School

Dog-Eat-Dog

Silje leaves her boyfriend, Thomas, but returns to the apartment when she realizes that she forgot her phone. Inside the apartment she finds Thomas hanging from the chandelier with a rope around his neck. At the hospital, it becomes clear that he misunderstood, and thought that Silje came back of remorse, not because of her phone. Out of consideration, she accepts his version. Together they had planned a trip to the family cabin the following day, with Thomas’ brother and his girlfriend. As Thomas lies to them about how he hurt himself, they can’t find a reason to cancel the trip. Stuck on an island, away from civilization, uncomfortable situations develop between the four characters.

  • Program
  • Original title
    De Hensynsløse
  • Director
    Rikke Gregersen
  • Producer
    Rebekka Rognøy
  • Writers
    Rikke Gregersen
  • Photo
    Torjus Thesen
  • Playtime
    26 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Westerdals ACT

Dogman

Dubbed an “urban Western,” Dogman takes place in an Italian suburb somewhere between metropolis and wild nature. Marcello (Marcello Fonte), a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone (Edoardo Pesce), a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighborhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Dogman
  • Director
    Matteo Garrone
  • Producer
    Matteo Garrone,Jeremy Thomas, Jean Labadie, Paolo Del Brocco
  • Writers
    Ugo Chiti, Maurizio Raucci, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso
  • Photo
    Nicolaj Brüel
  • Actors
    Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Alida Baldari Calabria, Gianluca Gobbi, Aniello Arena
  • Playtime
    1 h 42 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Italy
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Archimede, Le Pacte
  • Distributor
    Tour de Force

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing Oregon slacker John Callahan intends to do is give up alcohol. Encouraged by his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor, Callahan reluctantly enters a treatment program and discovers that he has a knack for drawing funny and often controversial cartoons. The budding artist soon finds himself with a new lease on life when his edgy and irreverent newspaper cartoons gain a national and devoted following.

A warm and funny biopic renowned director Gus Van Sant about the cartoon-artist John Callahan, in which Joaquin Phoenix stars in one of the best performances of his career.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
  • Director
    Gus Van Sant
  • Producer
    Steve Golin, Mourad Belkeddar, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Nicolas Lhermitte
  • Writers
    Gus Van Sant
  • Photo
    Christopher Blauvelt
  • Actors
    Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Mark Webber, Udo Kier, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto, Kim Gordon
  • Playtime
    1 h 53 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Iconoclast, Amazon Studios, Anonymous Content
  • Distributor
    Norwegian Film Distribution

East of Sweden

Three men meet on a night train on the border of Finland and Sweden. All three are concealing something, and a sudden confrontation amongst them leads to disastrous consequences, with two of them being forced to make a joint decision.

East of Sweden is a fast-paced thriller about loyalty, love and violence, in which good deeds and bad luck collide and spin out of control.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kääntöpiste
  • Director
    Simo Halinen
  • Producer
    Liisa Penttilä, Madeleine Ekman
  • Writers
    Simo Halinen
  • Photo
    Henri Blomberg
  • Actors
    Laura Birn, Andreas af Enehielm, Johannes Holopainen, David Nzinga
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Finland, Sweden
  • Production
    Kaiho Republic, Zentropa Sweden
  • Distributor
    The Finnish Film Foundation

Enclave

Albania, 2004. It has been five years since the war in former Yugoslavia ended. Ten-year-old Nenad belongs to the Serbian minority, and lives with his father and grandfather in an isolated village. He is the only student in his class and is taken to school in a military tank by UN soldiers.

When his loving grandfather dies, Nenad is determined to give him a dignified funeral. This leads him over enemy lines where he meets some Albanian boys around his age. Play brings the children together, but the underlying hatred after the war remains strong, and the games soon become dangerous.

A gripping story about inherited conflict, and the hope that the one who is brave enough to face his enemies might make a new friend.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Enklava
  • Director
    Goran Radovanovic
  • Producer
    Goran Radovanovic, Nico Hain
  • Writers
    Goran Radovanovic
  • Photo
    Axel Schneppat
  • Actors
    Milena Jaksic, Filip Subaric, Nenad Stanojkovic, Milan Sekulic, Denis Muric
  • Playtime
    1 h 32 min
  • Year
    2015
  • Country
    Germany, Serbia
  • Production
    Sein+Hain Film, Nama Filma
  • Distributor
    NFI

Euthanizer

Veijo Haukka, a mechanic in his 50s, is a bitter and lonely man. People visit him when their pets need to be euthanized, as he is willing to do the job cheaper than the local vet. Veijo is fonder of animals than people, and when the wannabe neo-nazi Petri wants him to kill a dog, Veijo refuses. Petri and his right-wing companions do not approve of this and soon trouble is brewing. But, as the self-proclaimed “Soldiers of Finland” soon will discover, killing pets is not so different from killing people.

Euthanizer is a dark comedy about morally flawed people in the Finnish countryside. Veijo Haukka seems to be a Finnish version of Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro’s famous character in Taxi Driver, searching for justice and vengeance with all the wrong means. Euthanizer contains scenes of graphic violence that some may find disturbing.

  • Program
  • Original title
    ARMOMURHAAJA
  • Director
    Teemu Nikki
  • Producer
    Jani Pöso, Teemu Nikki
  • Writers
    Teemu Nikki
  • Photo
    Sari Aaltonen
  • Actors
    Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousianen
  • Playtime
    85 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Finland
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    It's Alive Films
  • Sale
    FFF
  • Distributor
    The Finnish Film Foundation

Garden II

The film is based on a piece of music by Knut Andreas Knutsen (Syntax Orkester) and developed with director Simeon Frohm. Every director gets their own chapter. The project is to direct based upon a visual representation of sound with a set title and length-limit. All the chapters are revolving around #Garden and #Geomyte.  The film is set on the island  Utsira, the smallest island community in the South West of Norway.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Garden II
  • Director
    Siri Bråtveit, Liv Karin Dahlstrøm, Nathanael Larsson, Kieran Kolle
  • Producer
    Knut Andreas Knutsen, Simeon Frohm
  • Writers
    Knut Andreas Knutsen, Simeon Frohm
  • Playtime
    30 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Tijomo AS

Gaspard at the Wedding

Gaspard has not had much contact with his family for several years, but is heading home for his father´s wedding. On the train he meets Laura, an eccentric girl who agrees to play the part as his girlfriend at the wedding. Gathering strength from his new acquaintance, he is ready to return to his family´s zoo where he is reunited with the monkeys and tigers he grew up with. But between a womanizing father, a brother who is much too square, and a sister who is far too beautiful, he does not initially realise that he is about to experience the very last days of his childhood.

Gaspard at the Wedding is not your typical French comedy, but for all of its zany humour it is also a poignant portrait of people who are not yet ready to grow up or stand on their own two feet.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gaspard va au mariage
  • Director
    Antony Cordier
  • Producer
    Nicolas Blanc
  • Writers
    Antony Cordier, Julie Peyr
  • Photo
    Nicolas Gaurin
  • Actors
    Felix Moati, Laetitia Dosch
  • Playtime
    1 h 42 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Agat Films & Cie, Artémis Productions
  • Sale
    Pyramide International
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Girl

Flemish director Lukas Dhont’s masterpiece of a debut film deservedly won for best actor in Un Certain Regard i Cannes. Girl draws a tender portrait of 16 year old Lara, who want to become a professional ballet dancer, but is in the midst of a gender transofrmation. In the heavily gendered universe of ballet, the transformation’s gliding transitions is problematized and emphasized by pointe shoes and gendered locker rooms, offering both challenges and humiliations for Lara. Lara is played by Victor Polster who magically portrays her teenage dreams and longings, ambitions and the search for love.

 

Girl was the most winning film at Cannes Film Festival, claiming following prizes

Camera d’or (Golden Camera) for best debut
Critic’s prize Fipresci
Queer Palm
in addition to best best actor Un Certain Regard

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Girl
  • Director
    Lukas Dhont
  • Producer
    Dirk Impens
  • Writers
    Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
  • Photo
    Frank van Eeden
  • Actors
    Victor Polster, Katejline Damen, Arieh Worthalter, Valentin Dhaenens
  • Playtime
    1 h 45 mi
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Belgium, Netherlands
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Menuet
  • Distributor
    Europafilm

Girls of The Sun

Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held hostage.
A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors.
Since their lives have been turned upside down, they have all been fighting for the same cause: Women, Life, Liberty.

  • Program
  • Original title
    La Filles du Soleil
  • Director
    Eva Husson
  • Writers
    Eva Husson
  • Photo
    Mattias Troelstrup
  • Actors
    Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Erol Afsin, Evin Ahmad, Behi Djanati Atai
  • Playtime
    115 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    12 år
  • Production
    Wild Bunch
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Gordon & Paddy

A nut thief is on the loose! Someone has stolen almost the entire nut depot of poor Valdemar the squirrel. Chief Gordon will have to catch the thief, but he is sadly alone as chief for the entire forest. Gordon is best at stamping papers, listen to statements and think quietly until he comes up with a sound solution – and now he’ll have to chase around the forest all on his own, in the snow, in order to look for clues and catch the thief. He could have really used an assistant, that way they’d be sure to solve the nut mystery. Maybe Paddy the mouse could help him?

The movie is based on the series of children’s books by Ulf Nilsson and Gitte Spee. It is a lovely animated feature, with a simple and charming story about prejudice and exclusion. A great fit for the youngest audiences.

 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gordon & Paddy
  • Director
    Linda Hambäck
  • Producer
    Linda Hambäck, Lina Jonsson
  • Writers
    Ulf Nilsson, Jan Vierth
  • Photo
    Gabriel Mkrttchian
  • Actors
    Per Frisch, Siri Nilsen, Jan Gunnar Røise
  • Playtime
    1 h 2 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    All ages
  • Production
    LEE Film
  • Sale
    New Europe Film Sales
  • Distributor
    Arthaus

Hermann

Hermann is in love, but the girl won’t even look his way. Luckily his grandfather knows what to do. On his advice, Hermann embarks on a series of daring stunts in order to appear as a gallant and gutsy hero.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hermann
  • Director
    Tord Theodor Olsen
  • Actors
    Sander Walle-Karlsen, Katarina Kaspara Hansen, Dennis Lehn, Arne Skog, Haldis Hals
  • Playtime
    15 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Deadline Media

Holiday

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Holiday
  • Director
    Isabella Eklöf
  • Writers
    Isabella Eklöf, Johanne Algren
  • Photo
    Nadim Carlsen
  • Actors
    Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde,
  • Playtime
    90 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    18
  • Distributor
    DFI

How was it for you?

Did you come? Did you get orgasm? That’s what sex is about! Or is it?

Sophia has never had an orgasm. Ina fakes. While Idun says that she simply does not come.

How do these three women experience sexuality when they do not get orgasms? How is their identity and love affected? In a close and personal movie you get an intimate insight into the women’s stories. Together it gives us a bigger picture and an understanding that an orgasm is not a matter of obviousness and how important it is that we can talk about sex.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kom du?
  • Director
    Jo A.L. Kyhlensø
  • Writers
    Jo A.L. Kyhlensø
  • Photo
    Margret Vala Gudmundsdottir
  • Playtime
    29 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway

Incredibles 2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen (Elastigirl) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (Mr. Incredible) at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers.

When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and their friend Frozone must find a way to work together again – which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

  • Program
  • Director
    Brad Bird
  • Producer
    Nicole Paradis Grindle, John Walker
  • Writers
    Brad Bird
  • Playtime
    1 h 58 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
  • Distributor
    The Walt Disney Company Nordic

Kevin Roche: The quiet Architect

He has reached the pinnacle of his career, but is not interested in fame and recognition. His works are renowned and includes Oakland Museum of California, United Nations Plaza and Ford Foundation headquarter amongst many. He also designed the new galleries for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and apparently has no ambition to retire. Roche’s architectural philosophy focuseses on creating a community for a modern society. He designed with the environment in mind, long before climate was on the political agenda.  The film transcends the world of architecture to an inspiring philosophical project we can all take part in.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kevin Roche: The quiet Architect
  • Director
    Mark Noonan
  • Producer
    John Flahive
  • Photo
    Kate McCullough
  • Actors
    Kevin Roche
  • Playtime
    82 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Age limit
    9 år
  • Production
    Wavelength Pictures

Kriminell Kunst – Sjefen e tebage

Police officers Slick and Brown go gun crazy on a raid against a criminal female gang in the music video “The boss is back” from the rap group Kriminell Kunst.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kriminell Kunst - Sjefen e tebage
  • Directors
    Aleksander Tranberg, Magne Halvorsen Wathne
  • Playtime
    3 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Screen Story
  • Distributor
    Filmkraft

Land of Dreams

Land of Dreams is about Cechell Oftedal’s incredible story of going from living on the streets to becoming a succesful store manager and leader of a charitable Organization. Cechell came to Norway at 14 with her mother who had married a Norwegian man. Her life is the contrast between birth give opportunities – of minimal and maximal wealth. How was the transformation from living on the street to sleep in a real bed for the first time?

We follow Cechell on a journey back to the slum where she grew up and her everyday life back in Norway. Her organization Heart4Kids helps more than 400 kids living on the streets in The Philippines.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Drømmeland
  • Director
    Svein Molaug
  • Producer
    Svein Molaug, Rune Sørensen, Sandra Bianco
  • Actors
    Cechell Oftedal
  • Playtime
    48 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Vinterfilm AS

Los Bando

In this feelgood comedy, we follow the band Los Bando Immortale on a fast-paced journey through the country. With rally driver Martin (Jonas Oftebro) behind the wheel, the band must break laws and rules, defy parents and heroes to reach NM in rock. The driving force is big but the obstacles may be even bigger – will they arrive in time?

  • Program
  • Original title
    Los Bando
  • Director
    Christian Lo
  • Producer
    Trine Aadalen Lo, Nicholas Sando
  • Writers
    Arild Tryggestad
  • Photo
    Bjørn Ståle Bratberg
  • Actors
    Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Tage Hogness, Jakob Dyrud, Tiril Marie Høistad Berger, Nils Ole Oftebro, Frank Kjosås, Ine Jansen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, Vera Vitali
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    Tillatt for alle
  • Production
    Filmbin
  • Distributor
    KontxtFilm

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

«I could be a genius. I could be a cheat. It’s a thin line and I’m fuckin’ with it»

M.I.A. (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) has been one of the world’s most controversial artists for over a decade. Through the years, documentary filmmaker Stephen Loveridge has followed her life and career, and gotten close to the fascinating singer and composer. Always unconventional, M.I.A. has gained rave reviews, many fans and also many enemies through her music. With Matanga/Maya/M.I.A., we are able to get under her skin in this intimate portrait, which not only contains her own music, but also an original score by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison; George Harrison’s son.

  • Program
  • Director
    Stephen Loveridge
  • Producer
    Lori Cheatle, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey
  • Playtime
    1 h 30 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA, UK
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Cinereach, Doc Society
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

More Human Than Human

More Human Than Human explores what it means to live in the age of intelligent machines. In this personal, playful and at times dramatic quest, the filmmaker finds out how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More than just an exposé on the pros and cons of new technology, the filmmaker’s journey takes him to the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers confronting them with existential questions such as: will AI, infinitely smarter, interconnected and possibly self-aware, render humanity obsolete?

  • Program
  • Original title
    More Human Than Human
  • Director
    Femke Wolting, Tommy Pallotta e
  • Producer
    Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix, Tommy Pallotta
  • Photo
    Guido van Gennep
  • Playtime
    1 t 18min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA, The Netherlands
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Submarine
  • Sale
    Autlook Filmsales
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Next Door Spy

Ten-year old Agathe-Christine, or simply AC, prefers to be on her own. AC fancy mysteries, and from the basement in the building, where she has just moved in, she has established a small detective bureau. AC’s first mystery appears to be simple to solve, but before long AC finds herself involved in a much more complicated affair  than she could have ever foreseen.

This Danish film is a charming and exciting story of unexpected friendships, and received rave reviews from the Danish press upon release.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nabospionen
  • Director
    Karla von Bengtson
  • Producer
    Mette Valbjørn Skøtt, Fie Ørnsø
  • Writers
    Karla von Bengtson
  • Playtime
    1 h 17 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    All
  • Production
    Copenhagen Bombay
  • Distributor
    KontxtFilm

Nothing Like A Dame

Dames Eileen Atkins (The Crown, Cold Mountain), Judi Dench (Casino Royale, Philomena)  Joan Plowright (101 Dalmatians) and Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter) have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre.

A warm and often hilarious documentary about friendship and life lessons, featuring charismatic, honest, sensitive and strong women who are in a league entirely of their own. A delight!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nothing Like a Dame
  • Director
    Roger Michell
  • Producer
    Karen Steyn
  • Photo
    Eben Bolter
  • Actors
    Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright, Dame Eileen Atkins
  • Playtime
    1 h 24 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    UK
  • Age limit
    All
  • Production
    Field Day Films, Kew Media Group, The Dames Production
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Our Struggles

Olivier does the best he can to fight injustice at work. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura abandons the family home, he is left alone to juggle between the children’s needs, life’s daily challenges and his job. Faced with these new responsibilities, he struggles to find a balance. Because Laura’s not coming back.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nos batailles
  • Director
    Guillaume Senez
  • Producer
    David Thion, Isabelle Truc
  • Writers
    Guillaume Senez, Raphaelle Desplechin
  • Photo
    Elin Kirschfink
  • Actors
    Romain Duris, Laure Calamy, Laetitia Dosch, Lucie Debay, Basile Grunberger
  • Playtime
    1 h 38 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    France
  • Production
    Iota Production, Les Films Pelleas, Savage Film
  • Sale
    Be for Films
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

Phoenix

Phoenix tells the story of the complexities and vulnerability of family structures. Jill and her little brother lives with their mentally unstable mother, masterly portrayed by Maria Bonnevie, and Jill tries her best to keep the little family together. When their father (Sverrir Gudnasson) comes on a rather rare visit, Jill is filled with hopes and expectations. But the family is suddenly struck by tragedy and Jill tries to hide the truth in shock.

Phoenix is a co-production between Norway and Sweden, and we are proud and happy to present it as the opening of New Nordic Films August 21st.

  • Original title
    Føniks
  • Director
    Camilla Strøm Henriksen
  • Producer
    Gudny Hummelvoll, David Yates
  • Writers
    Camilla Strøm Henriksen
  • Photo
    Ragna Jorming
  • Actors
    Maria Bonnevie, Sverrir Gudnasson, Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin, Casper Falck-Løvås
  • Playtime
    1 t 26 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Gudny Hummelvoll
  • Distributor
    Euforia

Racer and the Jailbird

Bénédicte works in the family business and is a racing driver on the side. Gino is a regular guy – cool and classy… but he hides a secret. The type of secret that can threaten his own life and the lives of those around him. Gino and Bénédicte has to fight against fate and their own weaknesses in order to save their love.

“A love affair for the ages..BREATHTAKING” Theartdesk.com
“A sexy slowburn” The playlist

  • Program
  • Original title
    Le Fidèle
  • Director
    Michaël R. Roskam
  • Producer
    Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Bart Van Langendonck
  • Writers
    Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré
  • Actors
    Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopouloss, Bibi Delhany
  • Playtime
    2 h 10 m
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Belgia, Frankrike, Nederland
  • Age limit
    R
  • Production
    Savage Film
  • Distributor
    Storytelling Media

Sara’s Intimate Confessions

After being confronted with her fear of being too big, Sara, who’s 181 cm tall and heavily built, begins to explore her perception of femininity, with her talking vulva.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Saras intime betroelser
  • Director
    Emilie Blichfeldt
  • Producer
    Ole Erik Elverhøi Sørlie
  • Writers
    Marianne R. Kielland
  • Photo
    Vegard Landsverk
  • Playtime
    22 min.
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Den Norske Filmskolen

Satan’s Slaves

Joko Anwar’s Satan’s Slaves is the remake of a 1980’s Indonesian horror cult classic. Set in the outskirts of Jakarta in 1980, the film revolves around a haunted family. The mother of the family, who was a famous pop singer in her younger days, falls mysteriously ill and obscure things start to happen.  Online filmmagazine Slashfilm dubbet it “The scariest movie you haven’t heard of yet’. It has also been called one of the scariest movies of 2018.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Pengabdi Setan
  • Director
    Joko Anwar
  • Writers
    Joko Anwar
  • Photo
    Ical Tanjung
  • Actors
    Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ayu Laksmi, Endy Arfian Nasar
  • Playtime
    1 h 47 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Indonesia
  • Age limit
    15
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman’s life and work and explores his film legacy with Bergman’s closest collaborators, both in front and behind the camera, as well as a new generation of filmmakers. The documentary presents key scenes, recurring themes in his films and his life, and journeys to the places at the center of Bergman’s creative achievement and the focal points of his life such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, locations and landscapes from his masterpieces, and the stations from his career in Sweden, France and Germany.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Auf der Suche nach Ingmar Bergman
  • Director
    Margarethe von Trotta
  • Producer
    C-Films (Deutschland) GmbH, Mondex et cie
  • Writers
    Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller
  • Photo
    Börres Weiffenbach
  • Actors
    Liv Ullmann, Ruben Östlund, Olivier Assayas
  • Playtime
    1 h 39 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Tyskland
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Benjamin Seikel, Konstanze Speidel
  • Sale
    Cinema Management Group
  • Distributor
    Many More Films

She-Pack

It is a birthday celebration at a swimming pool disco and underdog Ronja challenges the girl’s alfa to a battle for power. Things escalates fast causing Ronja and the other girls to lose control.

  • Program
  • Original title
    She-Pack
  • Director
    Fanny Ovesen
  • Producer
    Lotte Sandbu
  • Writers
    Maren Skolem
  • Photo
    Margret Vala Gudmundsdottir
  • Playtime
    18 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway

Shoplifters

Following one of their regular, carefully choreographed shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his young son come across a little girl freezing in the cold. They take her to their ramshackle house and feed her. Though the family is initially reluctant, they take the girl in when they discover the neglect she’s suffered. This unusual family struggles to get by, relying on low-paid menial work and petty crime to survive. Still, in each other and in their simple life they find comfort and happiness. When a shoplifting caper goes wrong, hidden secrets emerge and the mysterious bonds linking the family begin to unravel.

A film built on beautifully observed and richly resonant moments, Shoplifters is at once delightful, funny and heartbreaking, and the deserving winner of the biggest prize in world cinema; The Cannes Palme D’Or.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Manbibi kazoku
  • Director
    Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Producer
    Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, Taguchi Hijiri
  • Writers
    Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Photo
    Ryûto Kondô
  • Actors
    Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Sakura Andô, Moemi Katayama, Mayu Matsuoka
  • Playtime
    2 h 1 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Japan
  • Production
    AOI Promotion, Fuji Television Network, GAGA
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

Sink or Swim

A group of 40-something guys, all on the verge of a mid-life crisis, decide to form their local pool’s first ever synchronized swimming team – for men. Braving the skepticism and ridicule of those around them, and trained by a fallen champion trying to pull herself together, the group set out on an unlikely adventure, and on the way will rediscover a little self-esteem and a lot about themselves and each other.

Sink or Swim is a hilarious and massively entertaining comedy, driven by an incredible script and marvelous acting performances. Despite dealing with heavy subjects such as depression and low self-worth, it depicts its characters with warmth and empathy, and serves the audience with funny, effective lines. A delightful feel-good movie!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Le Grand Bain
  • Director
    Gilles Lellouche
  • Producer
    Alain Attal, Hugo Sélignac
  • Writers
    Gilles Lellouche, Ahmed Hamidi, Julien Lambroschini
  • Photo
    Laurent Tangy
  • Actors
    Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Efira, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Benoît Poelvoorde, Marina Foïs, Jonathan Zaccaï, Noée Abita, Mélanie Doutey
  • Playtime
    2 h 2 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    France, Belgium
  • Age limit
    9 years
  • Production
    Les Productions du Trésor, Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, Cool Industrie, StudioCanal, TF1 Films Production, Artémis Productions, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française
  • Sale
    Studio Canal
  • Distributor
    SF Studios

Storm – Letter of Fire

The year is 1521, and Europe is plagued by religious wars. In Antwerp, Belgium, 12-year-old Storm’s father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther. The boy manages to escape with the original letter. On the run from the inquisitors, Storm is helped by Marieke, a young girl living in the underground tunnels beneath the city. Storm has to try to save his father before he is executed and get the letter into safe hands. But who can he trust?

What begins as a terrifying run from dangerous zealots, becomes a fight for freedom that will never be forgotten.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Storm: Letters van Vuur
  • Director
    Dennis Bots
  • Producer
    Harro van Staverden
  • Writers
    Karin van Holst Pellekaan
  • Photo
    Rolf Dekens
  • Actors
    Davy Gomez, Juna de Leeuw, Yorick van Wageningen, Angela Schijf, Maarten Heijmans, Peter Van den Begin
  • Playtime
    1 h 40 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
  • Production
    Phanta Film, Bulletproof Cupid, Iris Productions, NTR
  • Distributor
    NFI

Ted – Show Me Love

From the director of A Man Called Ove, this gripping filmis about one of Sweden’s most popular artists and his dramatic, contrasting and too short life. Like his previous film, Ted – Show Me Love has become an audience hit in Sweden.

Ted Gärdestad’s unusual breakthrough is unprecedented in Scandinavian pop history. In the early 70’s, a hysteric Ted fever occurred, and the masses were fascinated by his joy, energy, talent and amazing songs. During the night, Ted became Sweden’s first teenage idol. Ted – Show Me Love is a story about one of our greatest composers, his unwavering relationship with his brother Kenneth, to the music and to life. Ted’s fate affected an entire nation. His music has in many ways defined Swedish pop, with his brilliant lyrics, full of passion, love, pain and hope.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Ted Gärdestad – För kärlekens skull
  • Director
    Hannes Holm
  • Producer
    Lena Rehnberg, Cecilia Forsberg Becker
  • Writers
    Hannes Holm
  • Photo
    Tobias Ehrnvall
  • Actors
    Adam Pålsson, Peter Vitanen, Maria Kulle, Jonas Karlsson, Kristoffer Veiersted, Sajid Malik
  • Playtime
    2 h
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    StellaNova Film AB
  • Sale
    TrustNordisk
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Film Distribusjon AS

The Ark of The Sausage Moose

The Sausage Moose discovers that he, and only a few other animals, are not granted a spot on Noah’s Ark before the great flood. They try to find a solution on who will be allowed on the Ark, when a spot opens. 

  • Program
  • Original title
    Pølseelgens Ark
  • Director
    Niels Elmvig Bruhn
  • Producer
    Charlotte Hjordt
  • Writers
    Niels Elmvig Bruhn
  • Photo
    Carl August Jansson (Lead Animator: Ásta Sigurðardóttir)
  • Playtime
    8 min. og 45 sec.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    All
  • Production
    The National Film School of Denmark

The Cake General

In 1984, the small town of Köping is named the most boring town in Sweden by a popular television show, Rekord-Magazinet. Resident Hasse Pettersson (Mikael Perssbrandt, The Hobbit) refuses to allow his new home to become the subject of a national joke and sets off on a mission to drum up some attention-grabbing excitement. A man who struggles with his drinking habits and financial status, Hasse decides to make the world’s largest sandwich cake. By pursuing this goal and realizing his potential for success by any means, Hasse is able to attain a much-needed sense of purpose.

A tale of personal fulfillment and resilience, The Cake General also stands as the story of a community banding together to prove that no group of people should be cast aside or titled as irrelevant. Former television comedy hosts and debut directors Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson based the film on an outrageous true story. Their work serves as a loving tribute to people who live outside the boundaries of what is considered conventional and set out to relentlessly achieve a meaningful goal, no matter how absurd it may seem.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Tårtgeneralen
  • Director
    Filip Hammar, Fredrik Wikingsson
  • Producer
    Renée Axö, Lars Beckung, Martin Söder
  • Writers
    Filip Hammar, Fredrik Wikingsson
  • Photo
    Simon Rudholm
  • Actors
    Michael Persbrandt, Agnes Lindström Bolmgren, Helena Bergström
  • Playtime
    1 h 41 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    9
  • Production
    Nexico
  • Sale
    Media Luna
  • Distributor
    SF Studios

The Captain

Herold (Max Hubacher) is an enlisted man, a rank-and-file infantryman, but early on he comes across a captain’s uniform while rifling through an abandoned military vehicle. Putting it on, he is transformed. Emboldened, he bluffs and swaggers through increasingly difficult situations. The uniform protects him. Some are suspicious, but the Captain manages to outfox everyone. Forming a task force from stragglers he meets along the way, Herold acquires more and more authority and dispenses harsh and arbitrary justice.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Der Hauptmann
  • Director
    Robert Schwentke
  • Producer
    Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczyńska Lakowa
  • Writers
    Robert Schwentke
  • Photo
    Florian Ballhaus
  • Actors
    Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Alexander Fehling
  • Playtime
    1 h 58 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Germany
  • Age limit
    15 years
  • Production
    Filmgalerie 451, Alfama Films Production, Opus Film
  • Sale
    Alfama Films
  • Distributor
    Many More Films

The Charmer

The Charmer is an intense psychological drama about Esmail, a young Iranian man who is desperately looking to meet women who can secure his stay in Denmark. As time is running out he falls in love and his hidden past catches up with him.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Charmøren
  • Director
    Milad Alami
  • Producer
    Stinna Lassen
  • Writers
    Ingeborg Topsøe, Milad Alami
  • Photo
    Sophia Olsson
  • Actors
    Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Susan Taslimi, Lars Brygmann
  • Playtime
    102 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Good Company Films
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

The Children Act

Fiona Maye is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack is at breaking-point.

In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam, a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion which will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live?

Fiona visits Adam in hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long‐buried feelings in her.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Children Act
  • Director
    Richard Eyre
  • Producer
    Duncan Kenworthy
  • Writers
    Ian McEwan
  • Photo
    Andrew Dunn
  • Actors
    Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead
  • Playtime
    1 h 45 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Age limit
    6
  • Production
    FilmNation Entertainment
  • Distributor
    Norsk FIlmdistrusjon

The Culture

Arvid has arranged for his sister to fill in for the orchestra at the concert house where he works. But when he ends up in a petty conflict with another man, who she in turn is praised by, his narcissism and need for attention leads to a path of self-destruction.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Kulturen
  • Director
    Ernst de Geer
  • Producer
    Marte Hansen
  • Writers
    Emanuel Nordrum
  • Photo
    Jørgen Klüver
  • Actors
    Herbert Nordrum, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen
  • Playtime
    25 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Den norske filmskolen

The Delinquent Season

Jim (Murphy) and Daniele (Birthistle) are a happily married suburbanites with two kids, spending their evenings enjoying quiet dinner parties with friends Chris (Scott) and Yvonne (Walker). After one such evening Yvonne returns to Jim and Daniele to say that Chris, edgy throughout dinner, has hit her. Daniele is invited to stay and Jim, a writer working from home, welcomes the distraction. He also welcomes Yvonne’s unexpected advances and both embark on an affair…

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Delinquent Season
  • Director
    Mark O'Rowe
  • Producer
    Ruth Coady
  • Writers
    Mark O'Rowe
  • Photo
    Richard Kendrick
  • Actors
    Cillian Murphy , Eva Birthistle , Andrew Scott, Catherine Walker ,
  • Playtime
    103 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Ireland
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology, Parallel Film Productions
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

The Extraodinary Journey of The Fakir

Aja has lived all his life in Mumbai. He performs on the streets, cheats tourists and is believed to have special magic powers. When his mother dies, he goes to Paris to find his father with only a fake 100 euro note in his pocket. His first goal is the Swedish furniture store IKEA,  which he has dreamed of visiting since he was little, and there he meets Marie who he falls in love with. Aja experiences incredible adventures around the world, originally in a closet, then in a Louis Vuitton suitcase, a hot air balloon to Tripoli and in a refugee camp in Libya. On the way he meets the Sudanese refugee Assefa in a truck, and a lasting friendship is established. But, Aja does not give up hope of coming back to Paris and reuniting with his beloved Marie.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
  • Director
    Ken Scott
  • Producer
    Aditi Anand, Luc Bossi, Gulzar Inder Chahal
  • Writers
    Luc Bossi etter Romain Puértolas
  • Photo
    Vincent Mathias
  • Actors
    Dhanush, Bérénice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
  • Playtime
    1 h 32 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Frankrike, USA, Belgia, Singapore, India
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Brio Films
  • Distributor
    Another World Enertainment

The Freshmen

Antoine is about to start his first year of medical school… for the third time. Benjamin, just out of high school, will make his first try. He soon realizes it’s not exactly a walk in the park. In a fiercely competitive environment, with nights dedicated to hard studying rather than hard partying, the two freshmen will have to adapt and find a middle ground between despair for the present and hope for the future.

The Freshmen is a humorous and  charming portrait of college life with all the right ingredients: exam nerves, jelaousy and envy, getting by without money and falling in love. A fresh take on the classic struggle to find a place in adult life.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Première année
  • Director
    Thomas Lilti
  • Producer
    Emmanuel Barraux, Agnès Vallée
  • Writers
    Thomas Lilti
  • Photo
    Nicolas Gaurin
  • Actors
    Vincent Lacoste, William Lebghil
  • Playtime
    1 h 32 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    France
  • Age limit
    12 years
  • Production
    31 Juin Films
  • Sale
    Le Pacte
  • Distributor
    Festivalimport

The Happytime Murders

In a world where puppets and humans live side-by-side the puppet stars of the iconic TV show The Happytime Gang are some of the biggest celebrities around. But off camera, the family-friendly cast leads the kinds of lives that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the stars of “The Happytime Gang” are mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – one a type-A, take-no-prisoners human with a secret, and the other a crass, hard-drinking puppet with a connection to one of the victims – must put aside their huge differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit, while resisting the temptation to murder each other.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Happytime Murders
  • Director
    Brian Henson
  • Producer
    Brian Henson, Jeff Hayes, Jason Lust, Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy
  • Writers
    Todd Berger
  • Actors
    Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Black Bear Pictures, Henson Alternative, Huayi Brothers Media
  • Distributor
    STX Entertainment

The Heart

“If you love me, then fuck me!”

Mika and Tesfay. She: a photographer. He: a musician. Both up-and-coming. The first true romance. But an invisible conflict, an unnamable shame, stirs between their sheets. An insidious power game is in play, with its rules changing like music beats at the parties in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Ibiza. Behind closed doors and beautifying filters lies a raw reality where Mika’s control over her mind and body is at stake. In her debut feature film, actress, director and auteur Fanni Metelius rips apart relationship prejudices and explores what really makes our pulses quicken in matters of the modern heart.

With award-winning shorts and a celebrated performance in Ruben Östlund’s feature Force Majeure under her belt, Swedish director, screenwriter and actress Fanni Metelius is being hailed as a generational auteur. The Heart brings her raw, novel gaze on society and her BFA (Film Directing/Producing) to full fruition.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hjärtat
  • Director
    Fanni Metelius
  • Writers
    Fanni Metelius
  • Photo
    Maja Dennhag
  • Actors
    Fanni Metelius , Ahmed Berhan
  • Playtime
    1 h 44 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Garagefilm International
  • Distributor
    SFI

The Man Who Stole Banksy

In 2007, world-renowned street artist Banksy traveled to Palestine and painted a number of politically charged works on walls and buildings all over the city. Some viewed this as a nuisance; others hailed the work as high art; and still more saw a business opportunity. Specifically, a bodybuilder and local taxi driver known as Walid the Beast came up with an entrepreneurial plan: cut out the entire cement wall containing the art and sell it off to the highest bidder.<br

Director Marco Proserpio’s The Man Who Stole Banksy is a provocative story about how works that are created illegally can be stolen, sold, and collected legally. As viewers follow Banksy’s work, they discover a secret art market of stolen walls from around the world. It’s a stylish examination of public space, appropriation, and the commodification of street art and of what happens when Middle East politics meet the Western art market. </br

  • Program
  • Director
    Marco Proserpio
  • Producer
    Marco Proserpio, Filippo Perfido
  • Writers
    Marco Proserpio, Filippo Perfido, Christian Omodeo
  • Photo
    Jacopo Farina
  • Playtime
    1 h 33 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Italy
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Sterven Pictures, Rai Cinema
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

The Messenger

Flash is a successful digital postman, who carries messages to mobile phones. One day, he slips a love message between two teenagers in the spam mail by mistake. He is sent out on a quest through the darkest corners of the internet to recover the message and forced to choose between his own success and the love of the teenagers.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Messenger
  • Director
    Lowe Haak
  • Photo
    (Animatører:) Isak Howalt Owe, Kristina Silkjær, Thinh Duc Nguyen, Charly Katrin Mårtensson
  • Playtime
    8 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    The National Film School of Denmark

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron post is a coming of age drama depicting homosexuality in a society where love is not equal. Cameron is seemingly the perfect high school girl, but after being discovered in the back seat of a car with another girl by her boyfriend, she’s sent to a religious camp to correct her ‘sinful’ behavior.  The correcting facility proves to be a place where like-minded people meet and make friendships for life despite the strict regime of ‘de-gaying’ methods applied by the camp leaders.

Cameron is played by brilliant young actress Chloë Grace Moretz who’s known for Martin Scorcese’s Hugo and playing the iconic Hit Girl in Kick-AssThe Miseducation of Cameron Post won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance festival 2018.

  • Program
  • Original title
    The Miseducation of Cameron Post
  • Director
    Desiree Akhavan
  • Producer
    Michael B. Clark, Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Alex Turtletaub
  • Writers
    Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele
  • Photo
    Ashley Connor
  • Actors
    Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Quinn Shepard, Sasha Lane, Marin Ireland, John Gallagher Jr.
  • Playtime
    1 h 31 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Beachside Films, Parkside Pictures
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment

The Monkey and the Mouth

It’s time to say goodbye to Karpe Diem’s Montebello. Since November 2015, the musical and visual project “Heisann Montebello” has featured amazing songs, ambitious music videos and magnificent live shows – three historical and highly sold out concerts in Oslo Spektrum, for example.

Now it’s ready for the big final at theaters across the country. «Adjø Montebello» is a journey through Karpe’s contentious universe. Great musical experiences, well-known characters and new adventures are woven together in a movie unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Adjø Montebello
  • Director
    Thea Hvistendahl
  • Producer
    Kristin Emblem, Guri Neby, Therese Bøhn
  • Writers
    Thea Hvistendahl, Chirag Rashmikant Patel og Magdi Ytreeide Abdelmaguid
  • Photo
    Pål Ulvik Rokseth
  • Actors
    Chirag Rashmikant Patel(Apen), Magdi Ytreeide Abdelmaguid(Kjeften), Andreas Rand, Rolf-Christian Lie Loberg, Jonatan Blode, Oda Felicia Bardal Sigstad Abdelmaguid
  • Playtime
    1 h 39 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Drama Einar
  • Distributor
    Euforia Film

The Puppet Master

A lonely woman, yearning to be caressed, allows a man to transform her into a puppet. The Puppet Master is a surrealistic film that combines actors and puppets in a poetic story about longing for love, living in an objectifying relationship and clinging to another person.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Nukkemestari
  • Director
    Hanna Bergholm
  • Producer
    Hanna Bergholm
  • Writers
    Hanna Bergholm
  • Photo
    Arttu Peltomaa
  • Playtime
    15 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Finland
  • Production
    Aalto University

The Puppy

Siblings Perle and Henrik (8) wants to buy a puppy at the local pet store. When they discover the store is not allowed to sell puppies to children. They are disappointed, but not broken and try to come up with a clever plan to get the puppy, without any grown-up intrusions!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Valpen
  • Director
    Kristian B. Walters
  • Playtime
    9 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    Tillatt for alle
  • Production
    The Walters Productions

The Quake

In 1904, Oslo was hit by an earthquake with a strength of 5.4 on Richter’s scale. The quake led to significant destruction. But fortunately, no human life was lost. Geological surveys show that the danger of a new and larger earthquake can very much be real. Almost weekly, movements are recorded in and around Oslo.

What will happen if a much larger earthquake hits the capital? The Quake is the sequel to the disaster movie The Wave. This time it is not a village in Western Norway that is threatened – it is Norway’s capital!

  • Program
  • Original title
    Skjelvet
  • Director
    Johan Andreas Andersen
  • Producer
    Martin Sundland, Are Heidenstrøm
  • Writers
    Harald Rosenløw Eeg, John Kåre Raake
  • Actors
    Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Kathrine Thorborg Johansen, Stig Amdam, Catrin Sagen, Hang Tran
  • Playtime
    1 h 46 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Fantefilm Fiksjon AS
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Film Distribusjon

The Shepherd

On the way to a wedding, a Kurdish family runs over a wild animal. The family Aram must choose whether to kill the animal or try to save it. Further on the way it becomes clear that Aram tries to find his place, not just in the new country but also in his own family.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Gjeteren
  • Director
    Brwa Vahabpour
  • Producer
    Aurora Bjørnhaug
  • Writers
    Simen Borgnes
  • Photo
    Annicken N. Aasheim
  • Playtime
    17 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway

The Silent Revolution

1956. During a visit to a cinema in West Berlin, East German high school pupils Theo and Kurt see disturbing newsreel footage of the uprising in Budapest. Back in Stalinstadt, one of the GDR’s flagship workers’ settlements, they have the idea of holding a minute’s silence in class for the victims of the Hungarian struggle for freedom. Neither the boys, nor their parents, nor the school’s administration are prepared for the minor and major reactions that their expression of solidarity unleashes. The school principal tries to dismiss the incident as juvenile mischief and deal with it internally, but the pupils find themselves snared in the political machinery of a state determined to make an example of them. Condemning their act as counter-revolutionary, the education minister demands that the pupils name their ringleader. They are faced with a decision that has dramatic consequences for their future.
Director and screenwriter Lars Kraume has cast up-and-coming actors in the leading roles and established actors in supporting roles for his adaptation of Dietrich Garstka’s eponymous book in which Garstka recounts his own personal experiences and those of his 18 classmates. A moving chapter in German post-war history.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Das Schweigende Klassenzimmer
  • Director
    Lars Kraume
  • Producer
    Miriam Düssel, Susanne Freyer, Isabel Hund, Thomas Kufus , Kalle Friz
  • Writers
    Lars Kraume
  • Photo
    Jens Harant
  • Actors
    Leonard Scheicher, Tom Gramenz, Lena Klenke, Isaiah Michalski, Jonas Dassler
  • Playtime
    111 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Germany
  • Age limit
    12
  • Distributor
    Storytelling

The Turmoil of Silence

High school student Benjamin notices that the lights in the toilet flickers, and it suddenly goes dark. He climbs up to check the light and falls. When he later wakes up, the school is dark and empty. Soon he discovers that he’s not alone.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Stillhetens Uro
  • Director
    Svein Molaud
  • Playtime
    9 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12 år
  • Production
    Vinterfilm AS
  • Distributor
    Filmkraft

The Two of Us

Love and chaotic feelings in a film about two young ex-lovers during a long, Copenhagen summer.

17-year-old Skjold and 18-year-old Isabel are no longer together, but they will always be each other’s first love. The film throws us into a whirlwind of conversations, quarrels and happy moments during a long summer in Copenhagen. A vulnerable and confusing time for the two of them, as they try to define who they are, both as a couple and as individuals. They are entangled in romantic feelings and a strong friendship, and find it hard to let each other go, so to break with her feelings, Isabel decides to move to Barcelona on her own. But will their new freedom give Skjold and Isabel the answers to who they are? Emil Næsby Hansen is the fly on the wall, who effortlessly and without interfering is there with the couple during their ups and downs, managing to capture all the emotional nuances. From romantic love and unbearable loneliness to poetic freedom, with the Danish summer as a moody backdrop.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Skjold og Isabel
  • Director
    Emil Næsby Hansen
  • Producer
    Emil Kramhøft
  • Playtime
    66 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Werkelnd Film
  • Distributor
    DFI

Thelma

Thelma has just moved away from her religious family in West Norway to become a student in Oslo, when she is suddenly struck by a powerful seizure in the reading hall, an incident she keeps from her parents. At the same time she meets Anja, a fellow student, and they are drawn to each other in mysterious fashion. Thelma is overwhelmed by emotions she does not dare acknowledge, the seizures come more often and are more dangerous, and the doctors have no explanation. Frightening and supernatural powers are forcing themselves into the open, and one day Anja disappears without a trace.

Thelma is a supernatural romantic thriller from Joachim Trier, one of Norway’s most internationally renowned directors. Trier won the Amanda Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director with his debut film Reprise, and his next film Oslo August 31st was chosen for the Un Certain Regard programme in Cannes. He also won the Amanda Award again for Best Director. His third film Louder Than Bombs was a star-studded English-language drama that ensured that Trier became the first Norwegian director in the Cannes main programme since Anja Breien in 1979.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Thelma
  • Director
    Joachim Trier
  • Producer
    Thomas Robsahm
  • Writers
    Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
  • Photo
    Jakob Ihre
  • Actors
    Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
  • Playtime
    1 h 56 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Motlys
  • Sale
    Memento Films International
  • Distributor
    SF Studios Norway

Things we don’t talk about

Edvin (13) isolates himself from family and friends after a car accident. It’s only when the father forces him to a rehabilitation center to work out that he has to process the traumatic experience.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Det vi snakker om
  • Director
    Filip Svensson
  • Producer
    Renée J. Mlodyszewski
  • Writers
    Mads Stegger
  • Photo
    Jonathan Bjerstedt
  • Playtime
    18 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway

Threads

In a universe where people are seeking connections with others, a woman and a small child are brought together as mother and daughter. Inside the bubble of the mother’s protection, the child learns about love and trust, and ultimately how to form her own attachments.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Tråder
  • Director
    Torill Kove
  • Producer
    Lise Fearnley, Tonje Skar Reiersen, Michael Fukushima
  • Writers
    Torill Kove
  • Playtime
    8 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Mikrofilm, National Film Board of Canada

U – July 22

Utøya July 22 is a feature film about the day we will never forget.

A large amount of facts from AUF’s summer camp on July 22, 2011 have already been published in trials, books and the media. But the few of us know a lot about the inconceivable panic and confusion that arose, or the impossible choices the victims were facing. A terror that caused so many a fear and sorrow they have to live with the for the rest of their lives.

Utøya July 22 is written based on witnesses and known facts and created in close dialogue with several survivors. With respect for the victims and their relatives, characters and individual experiences are fictitious. In the film we meet Kaja (18) and her friends at the summer camp and see the events through their eyes on the island. The film starts when the kids on the camp, who is shocked by the bombing in Oslo, are assuring their relatives that they are far away. But the safe atmosphere breaks when the noise of gunshots appears. Then we follow Kaja in her fight to survive – minute by minute.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Utøya 22. juli
  • Director
    Erik Poppe
  • Producer
    Finn Gjerdrum og Stein B. Kvae
  • Writers
    Siv Rajendram Eliassen og Anna Bache-Wiig
  • Photo
    Martin Otterbeck
  • Actors
    Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Elli Rihannon Müller Osborne, Jenny Svennevig, Ingeborg Enes, Solveig Koløen Birkeland, Sorosh Sadat, Ada Eide, Brede Fristad
  • Playtime
    1 t 32 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    15
  • Production
    Paradox Film 7
  • Distributor
    Nordisk Film Distribusjon

Viva Løten!

“VIVA LØTEN!” portrays a colorful universe of engines, alcohol, loud music and pizza. This film unveils a different aspect of the Norwegian countryside through the everyday life of two young men. A story of sorrow, anger, faith and comfort

  • Program
  • Original title
    Leve Løten!
  • Director
    Teresia Fant
  • Writers
    Teresia Fant
  • Photo
    Jonathan Bjerstedt
  • Playtime
    26 min.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Den norske filmskolen

Wallrider

Set in a futuristic universe on a mysterious planet, separated into five districts, speed skaters are running against each other on the walls of a giant tower that reaches far into space. Status, honor, and territory are on the line – and the one to first reach to the top is the winner.

The legendary skater Raidon is the blue districts chosen hero through many years. He is deeply conservative, loyal and proud of being blue. But this year everything changes for Raidon when he discovers a new rival, Hepwi from the red district, the blue district’s bitter enemy. She is young, smart and skates fast and playful. In the middle of the final run, Raidon’s solidarity is put to the test when he is faced with a life or death dilemma.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wallrider
  • Director
    Klaus Tue Madsen
  • Producer
    Josefine Pil
  • Writers
    Denise Kræmer Jacobsen
  • Photo
    (Animatører): Ilan W. Hatukah, Vir Prieto, Sif Perlt Savery, Heidi Holmeå
  • Playtime
    11 min. 45 sek.
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Denmark
  • Production
    The National Film School of Denmark

Wanda

Wanda is fast. She loves to run. Running away feels good, especially because she’s being bullied at school, has a tough time at home and only has imaginary friends. Running also makes Wanda stronger. One day, she stands up for herself and a lot changes.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wanda løper
  • Director
    Denise Hauser
  • Producer
    Jøran Wærdahl
  • Writers
    Viggo Knudsen
  • Playtime
    13 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Production
    Klipp og Lim Media AS

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Through the eyes of famous chefs, audiences will see how they make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
  • Director
    Anna Chai, Nari Kye
  • Playtime
    1 h 25 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    USA
  • Production
    Zero Point ero Productions

What Will People Say

16-year-old Nisha lives a double life. At home with her family she is the perfect Pakistani daughter, but when out with her friends, she is a normal Norwegian teenager. When her father catches her in bed with her boyfriend, Nisha’s two worlds brutally collide.

To set an example, Nisha’s parents decide to kidnap her and place her with relatives in Pakistan. Here, in a country she has never been to before, Nisha is forced to adapt to her parents’ culture.

What Will People Say is a moving drama about the complex relationship between a father and daughter, and a story of a young girl who must find her own way in life. In the lead, 18-year-old Maria Mozhdah makes her impressive acting debut. Her father is played by Adil Hussain, who has previously acted in a long line of Indian and international films like Life of Pi.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hva vil folk si
  • Director
    Iram Haq
  • Producer
    Maria Ekerhovd
  • Writers
    IramHaq
  • Photo
    Nadim Carlsen
  • Actors
    Maria Mozhdah, Adil Hussain
  • Playtime
    1 t 46 min
  • Year
    2017
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Mer Film
  • Distributor
    Mer Film

Who Killed Birgitte?

The brutal 1995 murder of 17-year-old Birgitte Tengs is among the most famous murder cases in Norwegian history. Birgitte’s cousin was charged for the murder, and confessed after draining interrogations and weeks of solitary confinement. He later retracted his confession. In a surprising turn of events, the young man was exonerated in court, yet still sentenced to pay compensation to Birgitte’s parents. In the years since the case, Norwegian police has received severe criticism for the interrogation methods in particular, and the investigation in general. To this day, we still do not know who killed the teenage girl just a few hundred meters from her family’s home.

Who Killed Birgitte? is the first Norwegian true-crime TV series and will be featured on TV 2 later this fall. The series is directed by Bjørn Eivind Aarskog and Bjørn Olav Jahr, the author of the book chronicling the unsolved murder case. The series will feature appearances by many of Birgitte’s friends and family members and it highlights the recently reopened police investigation, attempting to tie together the many loose ends of the case. The film festival will screen the first two episodes of the series.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Hvem drepte Birgitte
  • Director
    Bjørn Eivind Aarskog, Bjørn Olav Jahr
  • Producer
    Bjørn Eivind Aarskog
  • Photo
    Magnus H. Wathne
  • Playtime
    90 min
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Norway
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    Filmhimmelen
  • Sale
    Filmhimmelen AS
  • Distributor
    TV 2