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Award for negative thinking

Negative thinking is usually not the way to success. However, the Norwegian film maker Bård Breien proved the opposite when he won the Crystal Globe for Best Director for his debut film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

'The Art of Negative Thinking' is Breien’s first feature. The lead character Geirr and his girlfriend Ingvild’s home is invaded by a municipal motivation group of handicapped people. Geirr is a young but bitter man who got severely disabled after a car accident, and Ingvild does not know how to cope with his anger any longer so she ends the relationship.

After the break-up, Geirr is finally accepting a visit from the enthusiastic group, which is aiming to encourage him to become more cheerful. However, Geirr refuses to take on a positive approach and gradually convinces the group that their situation leaves no hope. Still there is a glimpse of it, after a long and eventful night.

Breien also wrote script for the film and Dag Alveberg produced it for Maipo Minimal. This is Maipo’s first project and it aims to take on film talents and give them an opportunity witin the industry. The film was first screened in Norway last November.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Chech Republic is one of the more respected film festivals in Europe. The festival was arranged for 42nd time this year and Norwegian films have continued to woo the audiences at Karlovy Vary for the last few years with films such as 'Buddy' and 'Reprise' attracting international attention. In 2005 the acclaimed Norwegian actor and director, Liv Ullmann, was presented with the Crystal Globe.


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Actress Marian Saastad Ottesen and director Bard BreienPhoto: Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary 2007.

Kari Simonsen and Fridtjof Såheim on screen.Photo: Norwegian Film Institute

Fridtjof Såheim and Kirsti Eline Torhaug.Photo: Norwegian Film Institute

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