Norway in Cannes: NFI Overview

norway at cannes

The world’s biggest film festival opens in Cannes on May 14. Norway is represented by yes we love the short film competition, Joachim Trier and Maria Bonnevie as jurors and the Swedish-Norwegian co-production tour in the Un Certain Regard program.

Appropriately enough in the year in which the Norwegian Constitution celebrates 200 years all Hallvar Witzø short film Yes we love about four people in four different generations who are experiencing a crisis precisely on May 17. Witzø humorous film appears in the short film program and thus have the opportunity to bring home a Palme d’Or, as Bobbie did with the short film Sniffer in 2006. Cannes to have Witzø and production company Hummel Film with the men’s choir that sings yes we love the short film

Joachim Trier on the jury

The jury for the short film program director Joachim Trier sits with Noémie Lvovsky directors (France), Daniela Thomas (Brazil), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad) and Iranian Abbas Kiarostami. They will select and award the Palme d’Or for the best short film at the award ceremony on 24 May. The jury will also award three prizes to films submitted from film schools in the world as shown in Cinéfondation program. Joachim Trier is well known for the French cinema audiences after his previous film Oslo, August 31st was shown in the Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2011 and got a large audience in French cinemas.

Tourist in Un Certain Regard

The Swedish-Norwegian co-production tour to appear in the Un Certain Regard program. The film is directed by the Nordic Council Film Prize-winning Ruben Östlund. In the lead role as mother of two skiing in the Alps we find the Norwegian actress Lisa Law Kongsli. Kristoffer Hivju play a key supporting role as her husband’s old skiboms-mate.Tour is co-produced by Yngve Sæther Backlight on, and the film has received co-production support from the Norwegian Film Institute at nearly two million.

Father runs away from avalanche

Tourist tells of a family skiing holiday in the Alps. The sun is shining and everything is prepared for some delicious days of good time for each other. But a controlled blasting a snowdrift develops into a threatening avalanches and ends up as a near death experience for the small family. Father Tomas failing mother and child in the chaotic situation that arises. Disaster absent, but the family is still a victim. An instinctive action gets the family to question their roles and holiday last days will be a challenge for marriage.

Bonnevie jury

On 12 May, it was also announced that actress Maria Bonnevie is selected to sit on the jury of the Un Certain Regard program. This will Bonnevie see through 20 films to be more atypical than the rest of the films shown in Cannes, one of which is thus Tour. Bonnevie has twice even played in films that have been shown in Cannes, when the Russian Izgnanie by Andrej Zvjagnicev which was shown in competition and a few years earlier with Reconstruction by Christoffer Boe who scored Camera d `Or.

Movies in the market and the Short Film Corner

Each year also displayed a number of Norwegian films in the market in Cannes, and this year presented Kenneth Elvebakk documentary Ballet boys, director Eskil Vogt’s award-winning debut Blind, Tommy Wirkolas even bloodier Dead Snow 2, Nils Gaups Tromsø crime Glass dolls, Elisabeth Rasmussen punk documentary The Heart of Bruno Wizard, Iram Haq Oscar contender I’m your and Erik Poppe’s drama A thousand times good night.
There is also a strong focus on short films in Cannes and in the Short Film Corner can festival participants including seeing the five Norwegian shorts Amazon, A (r) however, teddies, Booty Day and Salt.

Network and Producer on the Move

Since the whole world film industry gather in Cannes Film Festival also widely used for information exchange, seminars and networking. Terez Hollo-Klausen is selected by the Norwegian Film Institute to be the year’s Producer on the Move from Norway. This gives her a unique opportunity to network with producers from all over Europe, which in turn can lead to co-productions and other forms of cooperation.  Cannes Film Festival lasts until May 25.

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.