Torfinn Iversen’s Berlinale short to become a feature film


Norwegian writer-director Torfinn Iversen’s short film Levi’s Horse was selected for the Generation 14plus section at the Berlin Film Festival in 2012 and later received the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at Amsterdam’s Cinekid. Now it is set to be released as a feature film called Oskar’s America.

He has developed the story of intellectually disabled Levi and his little horse for the film, where the main character is ten-year-old Oskar, who has always dreamed of riding across the prairie with his mother. Just before the summer holidays, his mother tells him that she has to go to America without him, and he has to stay at home with his grumpy grandfather. It’s not fair, but he and Levi – who lives nearby – come up with a plane to row across the Atlantic and catch up with the mother.

The film will star 11-year-old Odin Eikre as Osckar, and principal photography starts on the 2rd of May. The film will be shot in Tromsø and will have local release in 2017.


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.