The new Norwegian film from Hans Petter Moland, Out Stealing Horses, has been selected for Competition at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Starring Scandi favourite Stellan Skarsgård, the film is about Trond, a 67-year-old man who lives in solitude. As winter arrives, he discovers he has a neighbor, a man Trond knew back in 1948, the summer he turned 15 and the summer Trond’s father prepared him to carry the burden of his forthcoming betrayal and disappearance. And also the summer Trond grew up and smelled the scent of a woman he longed for. The same woman Trond’s father was preparing to spend his life with.
This is the fourth Moland film to screen at the festival: the others are The Beautiful Country (2004), A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010) and In Order of Disappearance (2014), which became such a big hit that it’s been remade in the USA by Moland himself.
Director Hans Petter Moland on the selection: “I’m ecstatic about the selection to The Berlinale Competition programme. Films are a labor of love. Out Stealing Horses is also a work of maddening passion from a great group of people, a delirious attempt to capture the mesmerizing tone in a story full of tactile observations and life-altering dramatic events. It’s simply great to be able to share the film with the Berlin audience”.
The trailer is below.