The Norwegian Film Autumn

The Hunt for Berlusconi

“We have rarely experienced such a range of themes, genres, story-telling techniques and target audiences as in the Norwegian films being released this autumn,” said managing director Sindre Guldvog, of the Norwegian Film Institute, when on Tuesday, 12 August at Oslo’s Film House he hosted the introduction to the 15 new Norwegian films which will be premiered this autumn.

15 premieres

The release schedule from the Norwegian distributors includes four dramas, three films for children and youth audiences, a comedy, an action-comedy, two drama-comedies, an action thriller and three documentaries.

All corners of the country

“Also geographically we reach most corners of the country. Børning’s car race takes us through Norway lengthwise, visiting both Levanger, Mo-I-Rana and Cape North. Out of Nature is filmed in Tromsø and Mosjøen, and in the children- and family film Operation Arctic we meet the Arctic ice fields.”

Winter films

“In the documentary, Bjørnøya, we learn how three young men perform extreme sports on a remote arctic island, being self sufficient with food and equipment. Dirk Ohm – The Illusionist That Disappeared take us to Grong in Nord-Trøndelag, while Here Is Harold is partly shot in western Norway. East of the fjells we have Beatles, set in 1960s’ Oslo, and Haram, with its moods from the dark side of today,” Guldvog concluded.

Gender equality

The institute chief also emphasised the results of the work to increase the equality of man and woman filmworkers. In 2012 the share of women filmmakers’ premiere films was 26%, in 2013 it was 27.7%, and this year 31%, with 37% producers, 29% scriptwriters and 26% directors. – At the Film House today the upcoming repertoire was presented by the films’ directors.

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.