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Joachim Trier starts shooting THELMA

Norwegian director Joachim Trier has started principal photography for his upcoming film, Thelma.

Principal photography has started in Västra Götaland, located in Western Sweden. Filming will also take place in Gothenburg and at Studio Fares at the Swedish regional film centre Film Väst in Trollhättan.

Joachim Trier is one of Norway’s biggest directors. He is known in Norway for Oslo, 31 August and Reprise, which are very localised to the Norwegian capital. His first major international film was Louder Than Bombs, which was more British than Norwegian. It starred Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne, was the first Norwegian film to be selected in competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in 36 years, and then went on to tour 17 international film festivals.

Thelma returns to his native Oslo (which is shot in Sweden) to follow twenty-year-old Thelma who moves to the city to study. When she falls in love, she realises she has frightening and inexplicable powers. The supernatural thriller has some added horror elements, plus a coming-of-age story.

Thelma is scripted by Trier and Eskil Vogt. This is the first supernatural thriller to be set in realistic, contemporary Norway and Trier aims to combined visual genre film with character drama.

Thelma will premiere on Halloween in 2017.

Photo: Joachim Trier with lead actress Eili Harboe © Paal Audestad/Motlys

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.