PYROMANIAC selected for the Toronto International Film Festival

The Norwegian film Pyromaniac has been selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg, is based on the critically acclaimed novel Before I Burn, written by Gaute Heivoll. The film is set in 1981 in the small village of Finsland. Dag is 19 years old and has spent his childhood in the countryside living with his parents. His father is chief of the local volunteer fire brigade and since Dag has been a child he has been going along with his father to the call-outs. Dag has recently returned after a year of military service and his parents notice he has changed, and soon a string of fires start in the village.

Pyromaniac has already been sold to Latin America, China, Korea, former Yugoslavia, Estonia and Turkey. The film is produced by Edward Dreyer and Aaga Aaberge for Glør Film, co-produced by Bleck Film Sweden and Neue Road Movies Germany with support from The Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film, Fuzz, Swedish Film Institute,  Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eikeland and Haug, ZDF/Arte and NRK.

Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8th-18th 2016.


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.