Norwegian feature at London Film Festival

 Date:19/10/2005 - 03/11/2005
 Type:Culture, Film
 Location:England, London

Award-winning Norwegian director Bent Hamer will present his first English language feature, 'Factotum', at the London Film Festival

Based on the novel by Charles Bukowski, 'Factotum' is the story of a man living on the edge, of a writer who is willing to risk everything to make sure that his life is his poetry. The film follows Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon), as he drifts from job to job, from factory warehouse to shop floor, working for anyone foolish enough to offer him with a paycheque. While he has no great desire to work, he needs cash to support his real commitments: drinking, racetrack gambling , hooking up with women as unbridled and inebriated as he is, and writing stories that are continually thrown out by publishers.

Said to be more faithful to the spirit of Charles Bukowski's reportage from the boozed up margins of society than many previous adaptations, Bent Hamer's film develops the observational style of his previous award-winning film, 'Kitchen Stories', creating a stylised view of the writer's world, one filled with humour and despair. The all-star cast includes Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei who, critics say, put in fine turns and provide real depth to the women characters wandering through Chinaski's environment, while Matt Dillon aces what many argue is a career best performance.

Director, writer and producer Bent Hamer's last feature film 'Kitchen Stories', as well as his first feature, 'Eggs', premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes. His films went on to win numerous awards around the world, including the International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) twice and the European Distribution Award for Kitchen Stories in Cannes 2003.

Norwegian short
A giant outdoor screen will bring film to the heart of the capital to mark the launch of The Times bfi 49th London Film Festival. At the foot of Nelson’s column, a massive 50 foot by 30 foot screen, the height of over two double-decker buses, will offer a wide-ranging programme of short films from Chaplin comedy classics to cutting-edge work from young artists. For three nights Londoners will also be able to enjoy specially-selected highlights and trailers from films coming to this year’s Festival. The programme also showcases work from Film London’s PULSE digital shorts scheme. The screenings are all free and are open to everyone - it also includes a short by Norwegian director Inger Lise Hansen  

Shot on the arctic island of Spitzbergen and in Norway, Adrift is a film about fragmented geography and uncertain perspectives. Dir Inger Lise Hansen/UK 2003/8 mins
Monday 17 October: 18.30 – 19.50 Film London PULSE digital shorts and films from the London Artists’ Film and Video Awards

Tickets for the London Film Festival are available on its website. The festival runs from 19 October to 3 November.

Matt Dillon in 'Factotum'
Photo: Mark Higashino, C MHP Inc

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Adrienne Shelly, Karen Young, Matt Dillon and Marisa TomeiPhoto: Mark Higashino, C MHP Inc

Matt Dillon and Dean BrewingtonPhoto: Mark Higashino, C MHP Inc

Bent Hamer, director of 'Factotum'Photo: NFI