For its 50th version unspooling Aug. 20-26, Norway’s high movie occasion, the Norwegian Worldwide Movie Pageant in Haugesund, can be treating its 400-plus worldwide visitors and native audiences with a beefed-up onsite program of 72 characteristic size movies and 19 shorts.
“We’ve had extra movies to select from than ever earlier than, “says pageant honcho Tonje Hardersen about her non-competitive program, put collectively in shut collaboration with native distributors and exhibitors. “We are able to nonetheless see the post-COVID results on distribution as many titles had been delayed. We’ve got subsequently barely older movies – from 2020 as much as 2022 – which is uncommon. However this makes for an distinctive program, hopefully for all tastes,” she provides.
World premieres take within the blockbuster Norwegian opener ‘Warfare Sailor’ by Gunnar Vikene starring Kristoffer Joner (‘The Revenant’), Pål Sverre Hagen (‘Kon-Tiki’), and Ine Marie Wilmann (‘Homesick’), about Norwegian warfare sailors’ heroic efforts throughout WWII. Prolific outfit Mer Movie (‘The Innocents’) is producing, with Beta Movie dealing with gross sales.
Additionally world launching within the picturesque seaside city of Haugesund on Aug. 25, is the Swedish closing pic, ‘Love Proof’ by Richard Hobert, who was bestowed an Viewers Award on the Santa Barbara Movie Fest 2019 for ‘The Birdcatcher’s Son’. Headlining the solid of this thriller a few divorce gone incorrect are Rolf Lassgård (‘A Man Known as Ove’) and Livia Millhagen (‘Backström’). REinvent maintain worldwide gross sales rights.
As at all times, a slew of high-profile titles are screening in the principle program equivalent to Erik Poppe’s up to date model of Jan Troell’s basic “The Emigrants,” Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Notre Dame on Fireplace,” the Berlin Golden Bear winner ‘Alcarràs’ by Carla Simón, and Cannes laureates “Dealer” by Hirokazu Kore-eda, “Shut” by Lukas Dhont and “Holy Spider! by Ali Abbasi.
In the meantime Ruben Östlund’s wacky satire and Palme d’Or winner “Triangle of Unhappiness” is the star attraction of the Nordic Focus and opens the pageant’s trade showcase, New Nordic Movies (Aug. 23-26).
Nordic excellence in filmmaking can be highlighted within the sidebar devoted to the Nordic Council Movie Prize, with the 2022 nominees to be unveiled on Aug. 23, whereas 10 rising Nordic abilities can be highlighted on the Subsequent Nordic Era. These embody Óskar Kristinn Vignisson, picked for the 2021 Cannes Cinéfondation together with his brief movie Free Males.
Though no headcount is offered on gender illustration, Hardersen says she will clearly see an enchancment, with 50/50 female and male directed options within the French Focus and the Nordic international locations’ lively gender- equality movie insurance policies bearing fruit.
Liv Ullmann, Norway’s greatest feminine movie star and the primary Norwegian ever to start an Honorary Academy Award – which she acquired final March – can be main the pageant’s 50th anniversary celebrations, with a symposium round her profession on Aug. 22.
“Because the Norwegian Movie Pageant’s Honorary President, Liv Ullmann has performed an important position over time in lifting our model internationally. It’s a nice honour for us to have her at our aspect,” stated Hardersen.
Whereas wanting again at Liv Ullmann’s extraordinary movie legacy by means of her personal directed “Faithless,” Viaplay’s doc “Liv Ullmann-The Street Much less Travelled” and the characteristic “Liv” by Stein Roger Bull, the Norwegian Movie Fest may also replicate on the way forward for the nationwide movie trade with sustainability as overarching theme of its Movie Coverage Day on Aug. 22, as a part of the Amanda Dialog – Inventive Freedom vs Sustainability.
“These two trade panels [held in Norwegian] will attempt to consider the way in which the movie trade can contribute to the U.N.’s sustainability targets, however we are going to naturally do our share as a pageant to be extra eco-friendly, wanting notably at meals waste,” added Hardersen.
The way forward for movie may also be mentioned from the angle of children and youth, with a panel on children manufacturing and the inaugural Haugesund Kids’s Movie Conference (Aug. 23-24) specializing in how one can attain the following era.
Hardersen says children weigh closely at Haugesund, alongside trade individuals and native grownup audiences-mostly ladies aged 50-plus, and he or she expects greater than 5,000 college children to attend the screenings. “We’ve been in a position to preserve a bodily – but restricted – occasion throughout COVID, however we’re thrilled to be again to regular,” she concludes.