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Nordic films at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2016

The Hamptons International Film Festival is about to kick off in the USA, with a wide selection of shorts, fictions and documentaries from independent filmmakers.

The Hamptons International Film Festival takes place on Long Island in New York between the 6th and 10th of October.

 

Denmark

Those Who Jump dir. Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert, Abou Bakar Sidibé

Screening as part of the official competition

Abou and his friends are camped out at the Morocco-Spain border, where a towering fence is all that stands between entering Europe and a better life. Away from the headlines and politics, these African migrants are ceaselessly persistent as they plan their next jump in the makeshift camp they call home. When Abou acquires a camera, he begins to document the dangerous lives of his brothers and the struggle to avoid police and stay alive. Suspenseful and moving, THOSE WHO JUMP captures the hope, despair, and joy of a group of men striving for a new home

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Norway

Late Summer dir. Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

Screening as part of the official competition

In this psychological thriller, a solitary woman’s world is turned upside down when a vacationing Norwegian couple welcome themselves into her home in the French countryside, slowly invading her peace. Who are the foreigners? Why do they seem to not want to leave any time soon? With hypnotic camera movements, a seductive score, compelling characters, and a series of twists and turns, LATE SUMMER explores the lead actress’s psyche, resurfacing her sexual desires, fears, and traumas. The film evokes memory’s hallucinatory terrain and the human inability to recover from past wounds, which, despite the passage of time, refuse to heal. Presented with support from the Norwegian Film Institute and Norwegian Consulate.

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All the Beauty dir. Aasne Vaa Greibrokk

Screening as part of the world narrative section

Ten years after their breakup, Sarah agrees to visit bestselling author David at his cabin on the Norwegian coast and help with his latest opus, a raw and graphic play exploring their years as a couple. Four pairs of fantastic Scandinavian actors portray Sarah and David at various ages in this play-within-a-movie, framing a uniquely theatrical four acts. Though Sarah is now married to another man, old feelings linger and spark. Sarah and David’s is a love story for the ages—full of passion, discontent, sensual pleasure and regret.

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Magnus dir. Benjamin Rees

Screening as part of the world documentary section

By the young age of 13, Magnus Carlsen earned the reputation as the “Mozart of Chess,” one of the youngest grandmasters ever. By 22 he became World Champion and he is currently the highest rated chess-player in history. With a keen understanding of the mechanics of the game and an innate knack for trusting his instincts, he rivaled and beat more experienced players. With unprecedented access to home videos and archival footage, filmmaker Benjamin Ree captures a tender and loving family dynamic that surrounds Magnus as he fights to become a chess champion. As his genius shines with his family by his side, Magnus fights to become a world champion in this endearing and ultimately intoxicating quest for self-validation.

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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.