Beatles – the film from one of Norway’s most popular coming-of-age novels, published by Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen in 1984 – will open the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Sunday, 17 August.
Danish director Peter Flinth has adapted the story of four Oslo boys in the 1960s, which will have its world premiere following the Amanda Awards ceremony – Norway’s national films prizes – on 16 August. The festival runs through 22 August.
Humorous and sensitive tale about teenagers
“The film, as the novel, is a concise picture of the time – it is a humorous and sensitive tale of teenagers’ insecurity and quest,” explained the festival’s programme director Håkon Skogrand. “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 open with Beatles.”
Starring Halvor Tangen Schultz, Jonathan Chedeville, Louis Williams and Håvard Jackwitz, Beatles follows four Oslo boys between 1965-1972, their adolescent and early adult years. They have one common interest – The Beatles, and they take on the names of the group members John, Paul, George and Ringo. With a cast including Peter Gantzler, Susanne Boucher and Halvor Tangen Schultz, the film was realised by Flinth, who was last time in Haugesund with his Swedish film Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road (2008), from his Jan Guillou series, and who most recently signed Nobel’s Last Will (2012), from Liza Marklund’s novel.
Storm Rosenberg comeback
Scripted by Axel Hellstenius, the film was staged by Norwegian producer Jørgen Storm Rosenberg, for Storm Rosenberg, who 10 years ago opened the festival in Haugesund with his first feature, Norwegian directors Aksel Hennie and John Andreas Andersen’s Uno – “and it is a great pleasure welcoming him back,” said festival director Gunnar Johan Løvvik.
Beatles will reach the Norwegian cinemas on 29 August through SF Norge.