Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg – Kon-Tiki (2012)

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The legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947, to prove that this could have been done in pre-Columbian times for South Americans to settle in Polynesia. Continue reading Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg – Kon-Tiki (2012)

Liv Ullmann – Changing (1977)

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By Liv Ullmann
(Translated by the author in colloboration with Gerry Bothmer and Erik Friis)

Published by Knopf, 1977
(Origianly published in Norwegian as Forandringen, 1976)

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She opens herself to us as she writes about working with Bergman (“No studio is as silent as his… To film with Ingmar is long stretches of happiness where everything seems real”): about living with Bergman (“His dream was the woman who had been created in one peice, but I crumbled into bits and pieces if he wasn’t careful”):about travelling with him: about his monumental genius and idiosyncrasies; She lets us feel the almost overwhelming flow of her own feelings for her young daughter; She tells us about her first love, about the husband she left, the family she came from, the people she relies on.. Continue reading Liv Ullmann – Changing (1977)

Erik Poppe – Schpaaa aka Bunch of Five (1998)

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Jonas and Emir are members of a criminal gang of 14-15 year-olds in Oslo. Emir has slight brain-damage after being beaten by his father as a 5-year-old, and Jonas’ biggest problem is stopping Emir from hitting people on the head. One day, they are offered a job by a gang of drug-dealers: Deliver a packet of heroin to one guy and beat up another. This is the start of a chain of events that sends their lives spiraling out of control. Continue reading Erik Poppe – Schpaaa aka Bunch of Five (1998)

Frank Mosvold – Summer Blues (2002)

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A film about four teenagers, two boys and two girls, and their relationship. It is a story of love and friendship, of loss and discovery, of the transition from childhood to maturity.

Mads and Kristian spend a summer weekend with their girlfriends at a summerhouse by the sea. When Mads and his girlfriend have a fight we find that Kristian may love someone else. Continue reading Frank Mosvold – Summer Blues (2002)

Hans Petter Moland – En ganske snill mann AKA A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

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After serving a 12-year sentence for killing a man for sleeping with his wife, a man ponders whether he should try and reconcile with his family, or take revenge on those who turned him in. Continue reading Hans Petter Moland – En ganske snill mann AKA A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010)

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

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Description: Set in a rural community in the 1930s Norway. 12-year-old Unn moves to a small village to live with her aunt after her unmarried mother dies, where she makes a new friend, the 11-year-old Siss. One day she admits to have secret and indecent fantasies about her new girlfriend, and admits to her that she is afraid she will not be let into heaven whe she dies.

On the following day Unn pauses beside an enchantingly beautiful frozen waterfall. To her it is an “ice palace.” She enters the shining castle and begins to wander through it’s beautiful crystalline chambers. Unfortunately she becomes hopelessly lost. The ice then begins to melt, and though she makes a valiant effort to make it through the icy water to the entrance, she fails and perishes from cold and exhaustion. Her friend’s name is the final word uttered from her freezing lips.

Based upon the novel by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas, and considered a classic of Norwegian literature.
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