Norwegian Short ‘Yes We Love’ Off to Cannes

yes we love

Norwegian director Hallvar Witzø, whose Tuba Atlantic won a Student Oscar in 2010, is the only Nordic contender in the Cannes festival’s short film competition with Yes We Love.

Norwegian director Hallvar Witzø’s Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker) – the first words of the Norwegian national anthem – will be the only Nordic short in the official competition at the Cannes International Film Festival (between 14-25 May).

Student Oscar

A director graduate from the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, Witzø, whose Tuba Atlantic (2010) was awarded for Best Foreign Film at the Student Oscars, has scripted the 15-minute depiction of four Norwegians in a crisis – four generations, in different parts of the country, on the Norwegian Independence Day.

Joachim Trier in the Jury

Yes We Love was produced by Elisabeth Kvithyll, for Hummel Film, with support from the Norwegian Film Institute. Norway is also represented in the jury for the short film competition – by Joachim Trier, who most recently directed the award-winning Oslo, August 31st (Oslo 31. august) and who will go into production with his international production Louder Than Bombs this autumn.

Force Majeure in Un Certain Regard

While there are no Norwegian features in this year’s Cannes programme, Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure (Turist) – selected for Un Certain Regard – are flying a few Norwegian colours: co-produced by Yngve Sæther for Norway’s Motlys, it stars Norwegian actress Lisa Loven Kongsli in the female lead.

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.