‘Beatles’ open Norwegian Film Festival


Beatles – the film adaptation from one of Norway’s most popular coming-of-age stories – will open the 42nd Norwegian film festival in Haugesund next month.

Danish director Peter Flinth has adapted the story of four Oslo boys in the 1960s for the big screen.

The film will have its world premiere following the Amanda Awards ceremony – Norway’s national films prizes – on 16th August. The annual International Film Festival runs until 22nd August.

Håkon Skogrand, the festival’s programme director, said: “The film, like the novel, is a concise picture of the time and is a humorous and sensitive tale of teenagers’ insecurity and quest. Everyone who was young in the 1960s, who was young later or is young today, will identify and enjoy the adaption of Saabye Christensen’s universe. I really look forward to opening with Beatles.”

The film stars Halvor Tangen Schultz, Jonathan Chedeville, Louis Williams and Håvard Jackwitz. They play four young boys who share a passion for the band, The Beatles.

Flinth was last  at the Haugesund festival in 2008 with his Swedish film “Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road”.

“Beatles” was scripted for cinema by Axel Hellstenius and produced by Norway’s Jørgen Storm Rosenberg.

The film will be in Norwegian cinemas from 29th August.

via TheLocal.no

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.