Norwegians aren’t going to their latest film

Dirk Ohm

The recently released Dirk Ohm had its world premiere at Grong Kino, where only 71 people showed for the initial screening, consisting also of the movies extras. Upon its release in Tønsberg, only 6 people showed up for the screening, and a mere two weeks after its release in this town it is scheduled to be taken off the cinema listings. The film was beaten out by the US film Fast and Furious 7 over the long weekend, hinting at trouble for Norwegian films competing against large releases.

Head of [programming] for Bergen Kino, Stein Sørensen, explains to BA that Dirk Ohm, the disappearing illusionist, will be shown for the last time at Bergen Kino on Thursday this week. It is less than two weeks ago that the premiere took place here. Nordisk Film Kino owns seven cinemas in Oslo, amongst others the Colosseum at Majorstua. They own a further ten cinemas elsewhere in Norway, where Dirk Ohm also failed to perform well.

Dirk Ohm is about the circumstances revolving around the traveling German magician Dirk Ohm who was found frozen solid in his car at the mountain close to the smalltown of Grong in Central Norway.

We’ve seen the film, and know for a fact it’s quite good. So Norwegians, international Norwegian film fans, get behind local cinema. It’s really important to go and see these movies!

Article translated from BA.no

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.

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