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Waiting for its world premiere in the Masters sidebar at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs between 4-14 September, Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s new feature 1001 Grams (1001 gram) was today (3 September) named Norway’s official candidate for the Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.

International profile

“1001 Grams stands out with a clear international profile – in Hamer’s unique way it depicts sorrow, love and and the small and big challenges of life,” said Chairman of the Norwegian Oscar Committee, managing director Sindre Guldvog, of the Norwegian Film Institute. “It is a compelling addition to Hamer’s impressive filmography that has previously represented Norway internationally.”

Third submission

Hamer’s third submission for the Oscars – after Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra kjøkkenet/2003) and O’Horten (2008) – stars Ane Dahl-Torp as a recently divorced, work-obsessed woman scientist in her late 30s, who goes to a seminar in Paris about the actual weight of the kilogram. She falls in love with a French colleague, and now her own measurement of disappointment, grief, and – not least – love ends up on the scales.

Opens i Toronto and Bergen

In a cast including Stein Winge, Per Christian Ellefsen, Laurent Stocker, Hildegunn Riise, 1001 Grams was also written and produced by Hamer for his own BulBul Film, with France’s Slot Machine and Germany’s Pandora Filmproduktion. It will open the Bergen International Film Festival on 23 September, before its domestic release onm 26 September through Norsk Filmdistribusjon. Les Films de Losange handles international sales.

via the Norwegian Film Institute