Joachim Trier is a Copenhagen-born Norwegian director and writer whose previous films, Reprise and Oslo, August 31st, have won international recognition. Louder Than Bombs, a deeply moving family drama about grief, memory and identity, is the first of Trier’s films to be shot in English and to feature a major international cast. A graduate of the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the National Film and Television School in London, Trier is the latest non-native English speaker to effectively probe the culturally specific yet universal drama in an American family. Trier’s outsider . . .

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Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de