Film Spring of Newcomers for Norway

The Norwegian film spring includes 10 films – five dramas, a drama-comedy, a comedy and three documentaries. Ceo Sindre Guldvog, of the Norwegian Film Institute, talked about the large number of newcomers at the presentation of the new films on Thursday, 8 January, at Filmens Hus in Oslo. Guldvog also returned to 2014, which was an excellent year for Norwegian cinema with 34 local premieres and 2.7 million admissions for Norwegian films, controlling 24.4% of the market. He emphasised that the high attendance was partly due to the strong performance of films for children and youth audiences.

2015 more of an average year

Filmwise 2015 looks like an average year for Norwegian films. Currently 25 new titles are scheduled for release – 10 during the spring, 15 during the autumn. The first part is different in many positive ways: eight of the films are theatrical debuts – eight of them have received advance funding from the film institute. Half of the films are made by woman directors, and six of them have also woman producers, according to Guldvog.

The Norwegian spring premieres:

  •  Staying Alive. Comedy. Dir: Charlotte Blom. Release: 16 January
  • Drone. Documentary. Dir: Tonje Hesse Schei. Release: 27 January
  • Returning Home (Å vende tilbake). Drama. Dir: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. Release: 27 February
  • Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts (Kvinner i for store herreskjorter). Drama-comedy. Dir: Yngvild Sve Flikke. Release: 6 March
  • The Accidental Rock Star. (Den tilfeldige rockestjernen) Documentary. Dir: Leiv Igor Devold. Release: 13 March
  • Underdog (Svenskjævel). Drama. Dir: Ronnie Sandahl. Release: 13 March – Svenskjævel
  • Brothers (Brødre). Documentary. Dir: Aslaug Holm. Release: 27 March
  • The Disappearing Illusionist  (Dirk Ohm – illusjonisten som forsvant). Drama. Dir: Bobbie Peers. Release: 27 March
  • Homesick (De nærmeste). Drama. Dir: Anne Sewitsky. Release: 27 March
  • Dryads. Drama. Dir: Sten Hellevig. Release: 10 April

From the Norwegian Film Institute

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.