Norway

Per Blom – Is-slottet aka Ice Palace (1987)

Synopsis wrote:
In a remote Norwegian mountain-area in the thirties, two 12 year old girls Siss and Unn meets. They are friends, but for Unn it is more serious, she admits to have secret and indecent fantasies about her girlfriend. Read More »

Tancred Ibsen – Den store barnedåpen AKA The Big Christening (1932)

Unable to find work, Harald (co-director Sissner) babysits for his friend Alvilde’s child when Alvilde heads off each day to her factory job. The child’s father perished at sea, and soon Harald is treating the child very much as his own; having won over her child, Harald then sets his sights on the mother. A huge critical and commercial success, The Big Christening is reminiscent of early Rene Clair both in its inventive use of sound — the opening scene, showing the start of a day at the factory, is practically a symphony of industrial machine sounds — as well as in its portrait of modest working-class lives. The film’s title refers to one of the recurring subplots, dealing with the reluctance of the church to baptize the child of an unmarried woman. Read More »

Martin Lund – Mer eller mindre mann AKA The Almost Man (2012)

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Despite the approaching birth of his first child, plain-looking, thirty-something Henrik does everything he can to maintain the illusion of youth by following its unbridled conventions. His inept banter, however, masks an insecure individual who escapes the surrounding world through irony. Laced with bitterness, this psychological study banks on authenticity and strong acting performances. Read More »

Rasmus Breistein – Brudeferden i Hardanger AKA Bridal Procession In Hardanger (1926)

This is the 25FPS version with modern orchestral score.

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A true classic of Norwegian cinema, Rasmus Breistein’s Bridal Procession in Hardanger (1926) is not only a high point of the nation’s body of silent film, but also stands as a vital piece in their visual and cultural history. Stunningly shot on location on the fjords of western Norway, the film recreates a rural idyll of 19th century Scandinavian life to tell a compelling melodrama of young love, marriage, class division, and the lure of emigration to brighter lands of new promise. Read More »

Sverre Udnæs – Fru Inger til Østråt AKA Lady Inger of Oestraat (1975)

This historical drama is based on a play by Henrik Ibsen and set in the year 1528. The central figure in the low-keyed story is a Norwegian noblewoman who is seeking to bring independence to that country despite the involved political intrigues of the Swedes and Danes, who are using Norway as a pawn in their rivalries. Read More »

Karin Julsrud – 1732 Høtten AKA Bloody Angels (1998)

Synopsis wrote:
A few months after a girl with developmental disabilities is sexually assaulted and murdered in Høtten, the two young men who most townsfolk think killed her go missing. When one is found drowned, Olso sends Nicholas Ramm to help – a world-weary detective whose investigative techniques are sometimes unconventional. Ramm runs into brick walls; people won’t help him. Meanwhile, Niklas, the younger brother of the dead and missing suspects, faces constant hazing at school simply for being from the wrong family. Can Ramm sort things out, find the girl’s killer, and win the lad and his family some respite from small-town cruelty? Read More »

Ole Giæver & Marte Vold – Mot naturen AKA Out of Nature (2014)

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A journey inside Martin’s head. He’s on a weekend mountain trip, and we get to know his thoughts. Unsensored, essential, existential and silly about feelings and fantasies. A recognizable film about being human, and how we tick and think.

Screen Daily wrote:
A Walter Mitty-esque comedy drama set against the stunning backdrop of the Norwegian great outdoors, Out Of Nature (Mot naturen) is an engaging delve into one man’s troubled sub-conscious as he tries to tackle the issues – mainly sexually orientated – haunting his life. Read More »