Norwegian films are making their mark on the 50th London Film Festival which starts 18 October. The two feature films, 'The Bothersome Man' and 'Reprise', have been selected to take part in the renowned festival along with three short films from Norway.
The Times BFI London Film Festival showcases the best new films from around the world, here in London. Presented by the BFI, the Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2006. Originally conceived as a 'festival of festivals', screening a selection of strong titles from other European festivals, the first London Film Festival screened 15 films. It differs from a lot of other European films festivals in being primarily about bringing film to the public. The festival offers opportunities for people to see films that would not otherwise get a UK screening - some may never be screened again in the country - but it also screen films which will get a release in the autumn or spring.
Norwegian feature films:
'The Bothersome Man'
Directed by Jens Lien
Oct 19 - 18:30 National Film Theatre / NFT3
Oct 20 - 16:15 National Film Theatre / NFT3
Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. The people around him seem cut off from any real emotion, and communicate only in superficialities. The ominous ”Caretakers”, who make sure the city runs smoothly, keep an increasing watch over Andreas as they find he doesn’t fit in. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but he discovers there’s no way out. Andreas meets Hugo, who has the same longings as himself. Hugo has found a crack in a wall in his cellar. Beautiful music streams out from the crack. Maybe it leads to 'the other side'? A new plan for escape is hatched.
'The Bothersome Man' describes a world not unlike our own. A sarcastic and tinted view of our affluent lives in the Nordic countries. A society where all problems have been ironed out. Empathy has become surplus – an empty friendliness has taken its place. Kitchen furnishings have replaced love, and social rituals have replaced friendship. Normality in all its grotesqueness.
Directed by Joachim Trier
Oct 23 - 18:15 National Film Theatre / NFT2
Oct 24 - 16:00 Odeon West End / Screen 1
Reprise is a playful film about friendship, madness and creativity, about love and sorrow, great ambitions and the often unpleasant clash between youthful presumptions and reality. With its somewhat un-Norwegian structure, Reprise has a distinct style and narrative technique which moves the story forward in a rich and enthusiastic manner.
Directed by Hisham Zaman
Showing as part of the programme 'Too Much Too Young'
Oct 22 - 20:30 National Film Theatre / NFT2
Oct 24 - 14:00 National Film Theatre / NFT3
They have been on the run for a long time, a man and his very young son. When they reach their destination, they realise they are still in trouble. In the end the father is forced to make a choice of two evils to provide for his sons future.
Hisham Zaman (born 1975), graduated from The Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer in 2004. His diploma film 'The Roof' (2004) has been invited to several international film festivals. His short film 'The Bridge' (2003) won The Norwegian Playwright's Association’s Award for Best Screenplay at the Norwegian Short Film Festival 2003.
Directed by Bobbie Peers
Showing as part of the programme 'Outsiders'
Oct 22 - 18:15 National Film Theatre / NFT3
Oct 23 - 16:00 National Film Theatre / NFT2
In a society where everyone has the ability to fly, the citizens anchor themselves to the ground via "gravitation boots". Devoid of sunlight and the open sky, the members of society go about their routine without any hope of personal gratification. One day, however, a man decides he has had enough attempt to challenge the status quo. He quits his job, loosens his bindings, and literally takes off.
'The Clown Children'
Directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen, co-directed by Karin Beate Nøsterud
Showing as part of the programme 'Nuggets'
Oct 24 - 20:45 National Film Theatre / NFT3
Oct 25 - 16:15 National Film Theatre / NFT3
An ordinary day in the life of two brothers, earning their living by juggling oranges and throwing cartwheels between cars and heavy exhaust at a crossroads in Guatemala City.