Cannes 2016: Joachim Trier directing a genre thriller

Joachim Trier Filming

Joachim Trier is directing his first genre film, a supernatural thriller titled Thelma, which tells the story of a young woman unaware that she possesses frightening powers.

Joachim Trier is known for making drama films, such as his English-Language Louder Than Bombs or the Norwegian Oslo, 31 AugustThelma will also be a Norwegian-language film, which is due to shoot in Oslo this autumn.

The film will be produced by Thomas Robsahm of Motlys, and will be co-produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy of Memento Films Production in France, Mikkel Jersin at Denmark’s Snowglobe and Mattias Nohrborg at Sweden’s B-Reel.

Trier will work with his usual team of co-writer Eskil Vogt, director of photography Jakob Ihre and editor Olivier Bugge Coutté.

Casting is currently underway in Oslo, and the film is set to be ready for spring 2017 (probably for Cannes) and SF Norge is planning a Halloween 2017 release.


The $4.8m film was also supported by Eurimages, The Norwegian Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute, the Copenhagen Film Fund and Media.

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.