Ullmann, Hamer and Giæver in Toronto
Norwegian director Ole Giæver’s Out of Nature (Mot naturen) has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival between 4-14 September, where it will have its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar.
The festival has previously reported it will present the first screenings of Norwegian directors Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie as a Special Presentation and Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams (1001 gram) in the Masters section.
About Out of Nature
Scripted by Giæver, who also plays the lead character Martin, his new drama comedy Out of Nature is the story of a family father in his 30s living in a small town outside Oslo feels, who alienated and longs to get away – from his job, his family, into the woods, into the mountains. Spending a weekend alone on a hiking trip, he is forced to confront the way he lives his life.
“Driven by a voiceover that ranges from virulent outrage to complete confusion – Out of Nature is a genuinely hilarious meditation on our appetite for self-deceit and pettiness”, says Toronto International Film Festival programmer Steve Gravestock. With a cast including Marte Magnusdotter Solem, Rebekka
Nystabakk and Ellen Birgitte Winther, it was produced by Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film, which will also handle domestic release on 19 September. Foreign distribution is yet to be announced.
About 1001 grams
Written, directed and produced by Bent Hamer, 1001 Grams follows a recently divorced, work-obsessed woman scientist in her late 30s, who goes to a seminar in Paris about the actual weight of the kilogram. She falls in love with a French colleague, and now her own measurement of disappointment, grief, and – not least – love ends up on the scales.
“1001 Grams is a worthy and unique addition to Bent Hamer’s body of work. Though it boasts his trademark absurdist humour it also has an almost magical element of romance to it, something new to Hamer’s films – and it may be his most emotionally affecting movie since Kitchen Stories”, says Toronto Film Festival programmer Steve Gravestock. 1001 Grams will be marketed by French international sales company Les Films du Losange.
About Miss Julie
Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, with US-UK stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton in the leads, is a new interpretation of August Strindberg`s play Miss Julie. Set in 1874, Strindberg’s battle-of-the-sexes has been adapted for the screen by numerous directors, from Sweden’s Anna Hofman-Uddgren in 1912, to UK’s Mike Figgis in 1999 and most recently by US director Michael Margotta in 2009.
Ullmann has herself written the screenplay for the updated, English-language costume drama, which was shot in Northern Ireland as a Synnøve Hørsdal production for Norway’s Maipo Film, and UK’s The Apocalypse Films Company with France’s Senorita Films and Ireland’s Subotica Film coproducing with French sales company Wild Bunch handling marketing.