Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has now reached 50,000 domestic admissions in Norway after opening a couple weeks ago, and has now started a Scandinavian tour to screen at genre festivals. Øie, who directed Dark Woods (voted the scariest Norwegian movie ever by local audiences), wrote Villmark Asylum along with Kjersti Rasmussen. The film follows five contract workers scouring an old sanatorium of hazardous waste because it is demolished. A total of 300 rooms and many kilometres of pipelines have to be screened in three days, but when they learn about the buildings frightening past they realise the job is more than just a search for asbestos. Villmark Asylum has received an average score of 4.5/6 by domestic critics.
Villmark Asylum will be screening at various Scandinavian genre festivals. These are:
- The Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Malmö from 24-27 October and in Lund from 22-31 October)
- Monsters of Film (Stockholm 27 October – 1 November)
- Bloody Weekend (Copenhagen 28 October – 1 November)
- Night Visions – Maximum Halloween (Helsinki 4-8 November)
Once the Scandinavian tour is over, Villmark Asylum will be introduced to international buyers at the American Film Market in Santa Monica between the 4th and 11th of November.