The Innocents opens The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund

8. June 2021

The supernatural thriller The Innocents gets the honor of opening The 49th. Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund August 22nd. Director Eskil Vogt will walk the red carpet with his ensemble. 

– We are very excited to open the festival with The Innocents! Eskil Vogt has made a fantastic film, which with its intelligent neuances of social realism, marvellous performances from both children and adults, together with haunting direction, keeps you at the edge of your seat throughout the film. This is definitely not a film for the faint hearted, but a powerful story that will stay with the audience, festival director Tonje Hardersen says.

– We are very happy The Innocents has been selected as the opening film, and we are very excited to screen the film. The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund has an long tradition of choosing an opening film that later will affect the Norwegian box office, and we are hoping that will be the case for The Innocents as well. This is the best start we could have gotten for the official release this fall, producer Maria Ekerhovd says.

Captivating stories

The Innocents is written and directed by Eskil Vogt, and it is also chosen for the prestigious Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Vogt debuted with the captivating and award winning Blind in 2014. He is also the writer behind Louder Than Bombs, Thelma and The Worst Person in The World.

– There are a lot of great upcoming films this fall, and I am very happy the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund chose The Innocents as their opening film. It will be the first time we screen the film for the Norwegian audience, and we are very excited to get their first reactions, director Eskil Vogt says.

Playtime takes a dangerous turn

During the bright Nordic summer, a group of children reveal their dark and mysterious powers when the adults aren’t looking. In this original and gripping supernatural thriller, playtime takes a dangerous turn.

Rakel Lenora Fløttum and Alva Brynsmo Ramstad plays the sisters Ida and Anna who together with

Ben (Sam Ashraf) and Aisha (Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim) discovers dark and mysterious powers. Ellen Dorrit Petersen gives a stellar performance as Ida and Anna’s mother. She recieved great reviews in her former performances in Blind and Thelma, and was awarded an Amanda for best actress for the former. Morten Svartveit (Heimebane, The Crossing) will also play a central role, and comedian Lisa Tønne and Journalist and activist Kadra Yusuf debuts as screen actors in the film.

The Innocents is produced by Maria Ekerhovd at Mer Film. The distribution is handled by Mer Film and will premiere august 27th.

 

De uskyldige. Fra venstre: Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Eskil Vogt, Sam Ashraf og Alva Brynsmo Ramstad.

Fra venstre: Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Eskil Vogt, Sam Ashraf og Alva Brynsmo Ramstad.
Fotograf: Christian Breidlid.

Contact:

Festival director Tonje Hardersen, phone: +47 928 30 559, e-mail: tonje@kino.no

Producer Maria Ekerhovd, phone: +47 951 88 118, e-mail: maria@merfilm.no

Public relations The Innocents Øistein Refseth, phone: +47 936 65 239, e-post: oistein@merfilm.no

 

Information about The Norwegian International Film Festival is available at www.filmfestivalen.no