Joachim Trier’s Thelma Wins Norwegian Critics Prize

In an awards ceremony to mark the end of the 45th Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund, Joachim Trier's latest feature Thelma, which opened the festival on Sunday, was presented with the Norwegian Film Critics Prize. In the film, Thelma (Eili Harboe) moves away from her religious family in Western Norway to study in Oslo and falls in love with fellow student Anja (Okay Kaya). She begins to notice a connection to the supernatural, which manifests itself in violent attacks, but tries

Ruben Ostlund’s The Square Set For Oscar Race

The Square, which earned director Ruben Ostlund the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May, will represent Sweden in its bid for selection in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. The film follows Christian, the successful curator of a modern art museum. A few days before the opening of a prestigious exhibition he is mugged, so embarks on a hunt for the perpetrator and ends up in situations that make him question his own moral

Nominees Revealed For Nordic Council Film Prize

On Tuesday, the five nominees were announced for the 14th Nordic Council Film Prize, which aims to raise interest in the Nordic cultural community and recognise outstanding artistic initiatives. The nominated films must have deep roots in Nordic culture, be of high artistic quality, and distinguish themselves by their artistic originality. This year's nominees are: Parents | Forældre | Denmark When their son moves away from home, Kjeld and Vibeke try to reignite the magic of their younger days, so move into the

Netflix Backs Paul Greengrass 22/7 Terror Movie

Netflix is to back the forthcoming Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) film about the 2011 terrorist attack in Norway carried out by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik, based on the book One Of Us by Åsne Seierstad. On 22nd July 2011 Breivik detonated a van in Oslo killing eight people, then shot dead 69 people at a summer camp on the island of Utøya. In August 2012 he was convicted of mass murder, causing a fatal explosion, and terrorism. Greengrass told BT: "What

The King’s Choice Claims Eight Awards In Haugesund

On Saturday, the 45th Norwegian Film Festival (19 - 25 August) in Haugesund began with almost a clean sweep for Erik Poppe’s historical drama The King's Choice (Kongens nei) at the 2017 Amanda Awards, which celebrates the achievements of Norwegian cinema. The King’s Choice, which was shortlisted for the 89th Academy Awards, was the most popular film in Norway last year with over 700,000 tickets sold and tells the story of three fateful days in April 1940 when German soldiers arrived