Two Norwegian films at Northern Lights festival

 Date:17/11/2005 - 24/11/2005
 Type:Culture, Film
 Location:England, Newcastle & Middlesbrough

The Northern Lights Film Festival is back with another collection of stories from Northern Europe, the UK, and the Baltic. This is year the festival features the Norwegian films 'Factotum' and 'Too much Norway'.

With premieres, feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation and artists’ film, the festival got something for everyone, It is amongst others commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen and the centenary of Greta Garbo’s birth – two of Northern Europe’s biggest exports.

2005 sees the biggest range of films and events yet. As well as screening new films at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, the festival will also be at Kino, Middlesbrough, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Side Cinema and Seven Stories, Newcastle, in Eldon Square shopping centre and even in bars across Newcastle city centre.

Norwegian films at the festival:

Opening Gala: 'Factotum' (15)
Thursday 17th November, 7:00pm, Tyneside Cinema

Matt Dillon (Crash) is the downbeat poet Henry Chinaski, a man with no real interest in working for a living apart from what he needs to do to sustain his unwavering commitment to drinking, gambling, women and writing stories that are continually thrown out by publishers. 
Co-starring Marisa Tomei (In The Bedroom, What Women Want) and Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under, High Fidelity) as two of his conquests, Dillon plays a perfect interpretation of the character devised from the work of beat writer Charles Bukowski. Pitch-perfect Norwegian director Bent Hamer’s (Kitchen Stories) first foray into English-language feature films is a funny, caustic and stylish representation of the life of an unpublished artist, with an awesome hip performance by a never better Dillon.

Director: Bent Hamer / Feature / English / 94 minutes / Norway and USA 2005
Factotum is scheduled for release in November 2005.
Tickets: £6.00 full price / £5.00 concessions.
All tickets include a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice and canapes.

'Too Much Norway' (12A)
('Alt for Norge')
Sunday 20th November, 5:15pm, Tyneside Cinema
Wednesday 23rd November, 11:25am, Tyneside Cinema

Norway is celebrating its 100 years of independence from Sweden this year! A kooky country by reputation, the Norwegians appear to have embraced their unusualness by endorsing this funny documentary. Using interviews and archive footage, the directors try to discover exactly why Norwegians are so unique. Why do they wear jumpers with big reindeers on? What goes on inside the heads of people who eat so much fish and go Nordic skiing? A hilarious and self-effacing look at the people that make Norway tick.

Directors: Rune Denstad Langlo and Sigve Endresen
Documentary / English and Norwegian with English subtitles
90 minutes / Norway 2005

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Matt Dillon and Dean Brewington in the gala opening film 'Factotum'Photo: Mark Higashino, C MHP Inc

Adrienne Shelly, Karen Young, Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei in 'Factotum'Photo: Mark Higashino, C MHP Inc