Norway takes the spotlight this year at the 14th edition of Transilvania International Film Festival between May 29th – 7th June, with a retrospective of Bent Hamer, in addition to screening twelve recent and classic Norwegian productions.
One of the highlights of the program is a tribute to the auteur Bent Hamer (read our analysis of Bent Hamer’s work here), and to his atypical humor and singular signature style. This in-person retrospective brings his most recent film – 1001 Grams, but also two of his early works, Eggs (premiered in 1995 at Cannes’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and Water Easy Reach.
The project is financed by the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, through the Bilateral National Fund, gestioned through the Romanian Ministry for European Funds and presented in partnership with the Norwegian Film Institute.
Twelve recent productions
Twelve other films are featured, with an emphasis on recent productions: Out of Nature – winner of the Label Europa Cinemas award at the Berlinale and screened in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section; Letter to the King – a human rights story, winner of Best Nordic Film in Göteborg 2014; Beatles – based on a best-selling novel by Lars Saabye Christensen; the teenage drama One Night in Oslo and Eirik Svensson’s previous feature, Must Have Been Love; Ole Endresen’s Chasing Berlusconi; Homesick, by Anne Sewitsky and the documentary The Optimists, by Gunhild Magnor.
Four special screenings
Four special screenings complete the line-up: Miss Julie, Liv Ullman’s first directorial effort in 15 years, recently released in Romania; an archival classic, Nine Lives: the 1957 war biopic, nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, also voted in 1991 by Norwegian television audiences as the greatest Norwegian film ever made; finally, a double-bill with Dead Snow 1 & 2, the daring campy horror comedies featuring Nazi zombies.
Norwegian cinema has been a TIFF favourite in the past, taking home the Transilvania Trophy for best film twice, with North in 2009 and Oslo, August 31st in 2012.