Norway in the international circuit

A Pigeon

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.

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.