As previously announced, Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s first Hollywood movie, The Imitation Game, which received the Audience Award (the Grolsch People’s Choice Award) at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, will open the 58th BFI London International Film Festival on 8 October.
Chubby harness driver
But there will also be real Norwegian films in the programme with international premiere of director Ole Endresen’s horseracing comedy Chasing Berlusconi (Jakten på Berlusconi); starring Edward Schultheiss, the Håkon Øverås production for 4½ Fiksjon follows a a chubby harness driver who is forced to enter the criminal path to keep menacing creditors at bay.
1001 Grams Oscar candidate
Directors Eskil Vogt’s Blind and Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams (1001 gram), which are no beginners on the international festival circuit – Blind has toured 10 showcases and most recently won the Silver Méliès for Best European Film at Switzerland’s Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, while 1001 Grams just screened in Toronto and is the Norwegian Best Foreign Languague Film entry for Oscar. In addition to these feature films, the festival has also selected Hallvar Witzø`s short film Yes We Love for its After Laughter Comes Tears short film programme. Yes We Love deals with four generations, each with a unique crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the national day. These four films, along with 244 others will be screened at the London showcase taking place October 8-19.