Norway in the international circuit
The Look of Silence
US director Joshua Oppenheimer’s Danish production of The Look of Silence – the companion piece to The Act of Killing, depicting the 1965-1966 Indonesian genocide – will have its world premiere in competition for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which runs between 27 August-6 September. The Look of Silence was co-produced by Norwegian production Company Piraya Film.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, which will also unspool for the first time as a Golden Lion contender, was co-produced by 4½, and several scenes were shot in Norway.
Another selection for the main competition in Venice Turkish writer-director Kaan Mujdeci’s Sivas, was filmed by Norwegian cinematographer Martin Solvang and co-edited by Norway’ Karsten Meinich.
Flapping in the Middle
Vietnamese director Nguyen Hoang Diep’s feature debut, Flapping in the Middle – described by critics as “a controversial shocker” – has been selected for the Critics’ Week in Venice. The film is co-produced by Norway’s Alan R Milligan with support from the South Fund.
Hennie, Bolsø Berdal and Santelmann in Hercules
Three Norwegian actors – Aksel Hennie, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Tobias Santelmann – are among the cast in American director Brett Ratner’s action adventure, Hercules, which opened on 3,595 screens in the US on 25 July to cash in $29.8 million. Gross box office receipts, according to Box Office Mojo, has now reached $64.2 million for the Paramount picture. In the film the Greek demigod and sword-for-hire (Dwayne Johnson) assists in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
Jan Erik Madsen in German hitman-film
Norwegian actor Jan Erik Madsen performs in German director Florian Mischa Böder’s A Hitman’s Solitude Before the Shot (Die Einsamkeit des Killers vor dem Schuss), which was last week (9 August) screening on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno International Film Festival.