Norwegian cinema classic at Belgrade Nitrate Festival


The 16th edition of the Nitrate Film Festival – Festival of flammable film is held from June 6 to 15 at the Museum of Yugoslav Film Archive in Kosovo 11.

One of the 30 films that was shown next to a number of lectures, concerts and meetings with visitors from other European film archives, was the neo-realist-inspired Street Urchins (a.k.a. Boys from the Streets) from 1949.

The film was director Arne Skouen’s directorial debut and is considered to be a classic of Norwegian cinema.

The film opened the festival on June 6.

Street Urchins is characterizing a group of youngsters struggling for survival under hard conditions, being a study of juvenile delinquency in Norway after the Second World War.

The plot is set in Oslo during the 1930s following the members of a gang of young boys who spend their spare time stealing copra from passing lorries.

““Street Urchins” is a rough and realistic picture of Norway during the 30s, but the film also contains poetic scenes which portray hope and dreams of the heroes, strengthening of friendship and group solidarity.” Gunnar Iverson, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, Tytti Soila: “Nordic National Cinemas”, London, 2005.

The film was to be the first of a total 17 critically acclaimed classics, making Skouen one of the most – if not the most – important and influential directors of Norwegian cinema, according to the Norwegian Film Institute.

Nevertheless, Skouen is perhaps more famous for his film Nine Lives (1957), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as first Norwegian film ever, as well as for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

Nitrate Film Festival is among few festivals of its kind in the world as it is a festival of silver nitrate flammable tape. The film festival ranks as one of the top three archival festivals in the world. The festival shows films from the rich collection of the Museum of Yugoslav Film Archive and the newly found movies from national and foreign archives.

This year’s edition is dedicated to the marking of 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.

Tickets for the Festival of flammable film cost 150 dinars and can be purchased at the Kinoteka’s box office. Festival program can be found here.

via norveska.org.rs

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.