Norwegian Wood in Haugesund


“It will be Norwegian Wood indeed,” said festival director Gunnar Johan Løvvik, of the Norwegian International Film Festival: his opening film in Haugesund this year is Beatles, Danish director Peter Flinth and Norwegian producer Jørgen Storm Rosenberg’s adaption of Lars Saabye Christensen 1984 novel, with real Beatles music on the score.

Beatles premiere

Flinth, Rosenberg and members of their cast will be on stage at the Edda 1 Cinema on 17 August, and they will be followed by another 53 Nordic and international filmmakers representing 48 entries in the programme, with Focus on the Nordic Countries, Cinema Italia, French Touch, Cinemagi (for children), Videorama and Next Nordic Generation.

Good Girl in the main line-up

Programme director Håkon Skogrand has selected 21 films from 11 countries for the festivals main line-up, also including Norwegian director Solveig Melkeraaen’s Good Girl (Flink pike); the presentation will be concluded on 20 August by Belgian Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), with Luc Dardenne attending.

The selection comprises two Cannes winners, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu) and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders; Boyhood, by US director Richard Linklater, who was named Best Director at the Berlinale; and Sundance-awarded 20,000 Days on Earth, with Nick Cave, by UK directors Ian Forsythe-Jane Pollard.

Liv Ullmann

 The festival’s honorary president, Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann, will be in Haugesund without a film – her first feature as a director for 14 years, Miss Julie, her own interpretation of August Strindberg’s 1888 classic, has been selected for competition in Toronto. But she will participate in several events, ao a seminar on The Fate of Ideas in Film.

Amanda awards

As usual the festival is preceded by the Amanda Awards – Norway’s national film prizes, which will be presented at the Haugesund Concert Hall on 16 August. And New Nordic Films, the co-production and finance market, will this year take place between 19-21 August, with 355 film professionals registered. It will screen 21 new Nordic films, 17 of them world premieres.

Read more about the Norwegian International Film Festival: http://www.filmfestivalen.no/english/

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.