The Norwegian films we can be looking forward to

The Norwegian Film Institute has released an overview of the 14 films premiering in Norway over the autumn period. Which film are you most excited about?

Dryads – Girls Don’t Cry. Dir: Sten Hellevig. Release: 7 August

When a mysterious pop band moves into the crumbling old house next door, a bored teenager suddenly finds excitement in her dull suburban life. She falls under the spell of the bands charismatic singer only to learn that being cool has a price.

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Rebels (Pøbler). Dir: Kari Anne Mose. Release: 21 August

A group of school dropouts are given a new chance to get back on track. Will they take it, or will they return to their old life?

Jan Olav (24) has dyslexia and spent his years in school fighting with the teachers. Kelly (19) was bullied, and Maylen (24) has ADHD. Jakob (25) loves drinking more than schoolwork. They are selected for a training course that is set to get them back on track. Jan Olav is the main character. His story shows us how hard it can be to change how you look upon yourself and grab a life-changing opportunity.

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The Wave (Bølgen). Dir: Roar Uthaug. Release: 28 August

The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.

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Caspar and Emma on Safari (Karsten og Petra på safari). Dir: Arne Lindtner Næss. Release. 4 September.

A real lion cub which has lost its mummy, Grandpa being caught in a lion trap, and chasing a lion thief, demands everything of Casper and Emma on safari in Africa.

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The Wendy Effect (Wendyeffekten). Dir: Ole Endresen. Release: 11 September

The Wendy Effect

In any well-oiled underground economy, each crook and every criminal has a part to play. But if the liquidity suddenly drops out of the system, an epic Wall Street-style crack is only hours away. In an underworld screaming for an immediate infusion of capital – cash, to be very blunt – everyone is looking for the vanished bankier. Or at least that part of him that opens the fingerprint lock to the vault.

Heading up the manhunt is the inexperienced, but highly ambitious financial fraud investigator Svenn Krovel. Inexplicably, he finds himself pairing up with the self-appointed king of the eastside, Sylfest Dreyer, an old school cop.

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Two Buddies and a Badger (Knutsen & Ludvigsen og den fæle Rasputin). Dirs: Rasmus A Sivertsen, Rune Spaans. Release: 25 September

A feature animation road movie starring the musical duo Knutsen Ludvigsen, world famous in Norway!

They live in a railway tunnel. They have a badger in the ceiling. They sing and play music and quarrel over the tiniest things. Its business as usual for Knutsen Ludvigsen until a young lady suddenly appears in their tunnel. She is Amanda, on a quest to rescue her father from the supervillain Rasputin. Knutsen Ludvigsen join her on a grand, musical road trip, where the free soul of humanity is at stake!

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Louder than Bombs. Dir: Joachim Trier. Release: 2 October

An upcoming exhibition celebrating renowned photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father and withdrawn younger brother than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, the father Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the wife and mother they remember so differently.

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Sunshine Superman. Dir: Mara Strauch. Release: 2 October

Sunshine Superman tells the story of Carl Boenish who pioneered and popularized the activity of BASE jumping. Carl married Jean Campbell and together they travelled to Norway in 1984 to jump from the cliffs of Trollveggen. Against the backdrop of the midnight sun, tragedy strikes.

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Villmark Asylum. Dir. Pål Øie. Release: 9 October

An old sanatorium is deteriorating in an isolated forest in the mountains. The elderly janitor is still living there to ensure that no one accesses the dangerous building. Five contract workers have taken on the task of tracking the huge building for hazardous waste before it is demolished. Over 300 rooms and kilometers of pipelines have to be screened in three days. They realize that the job is more than a search for asbestos and mercury when they encounter the buildings frightening past. Water is gushing from the old pipes, and brings the work to a halt. An attempt to close the water leakage leads them to the dark cellar, where they discover the horrible secrets from the sanatoriums past. You can demolish a building, but never remove the past.

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Doctor Proctor Bubble in the Bathtub (Doktor Proktors tidsbadekar). Dir: Arild Fröhlich. Release: 16 October

Doctor Proctor

This story takes place in a playful universe in which everything is permitted. Doctor Proctor is stuck in time after a desperate attempt to stop the wedding between his beloved Juliette and the ghastly Claude Cliche. Lisa and Bulle get on the case. Together they travel through time in Doctor Proctors time-travel bathtub. Together, could they save the world, and true love?

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Autumn Fall (Høst). Dir: Jan Vardøen. Release: 16 October

Autumn Fall

Autumn Fall is a love letter to the city of Oslo .

Ingvild is the stage manager at the National Theatre in Oslo. She needs to find some direction in her life and has artistic ambitions. She cant stand actors but manages all the same to entangle herself with two wildly different thespians. Jeppe is a well-known hellraiser, getting on in years and Hans is a promising young talent, albeit rather mild mannered. Ingvild embarks on a rocky journey that will change her life for good. Autumn Fall is a dark comedy with some very unexpected twists.

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The Good Sister (Hevn). Dir: Kjersti G Steinsbø. Release: 6 November

The Good Sister

Rebekka travels back to a hotel by the Norwegian fjords seeking revenge on the man who ruined her sister’s life.

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Christmas King – Full Armor (Julekongen – full rustning). Dir: Thale Persen. Release: 13 November

Valley of Knights

Evil reigns in the Ridderdalen Valley, and Christmas is cancelled. Only the Gran family is capable of saving the holidays. Unfortunately. This is a full feature comedy based on the successful Christmas Calendar series from NRK.

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Solan and Ludvig – From Here to Pinchcliff (Solan og Ludvig – herfra til Flåklypa). Dir: Rasmus A Sivertsen. Release: 25 December


Reodor Felgen’s home and workshop are in peril after Solan has boasted and gambled in drunken company. A nerve-wrecking race with various vessels across Flaaklypa’s highest peak will decide if Solan, Ludvig and Reodor still retain their home at the end of the story.

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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.