Norway goes to the Fantastic Film Fest

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Austin Fantastic Fest – the largest genre film festival in the US specialising in thrillers, horror, fantasy and sci-fi or just “plain fantastic movies from all around the world” – will this year screen four Norwegian films: Eskil Vogt’s Blind, Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten), Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead (Død snø 2), and Fredrik Hana’s short, Autumn Harvest.

Award-winning Norwegians

Both Blind and In Order of Disappearance have toured another 10 international showcases before – Vogt’s film to win the World Cinema Screenwriting Award in Sundance and the Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin, Moland’s to receive the Silver Dolphin for Best Director at Festroia in Portugal after the world premiere in competition at the Berlinale.

Horror-comedy from Wirkola

Wirkola’s horror-comedy-actioner, which took 73,000 admissions domestically, was also presented in Sundance and won three prizes, including Best Feature and Best Director, at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea. – The Austin showcase, which last year programmed three Norwegian titles, will run between 18-25 September.

via 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.