Kitchen Stories in the UK

Norwegian film Kitchen Stories is now showing in the UK. This stylish and warm comedy, directed by Bent Hamer, opens on the 2nd of January in London, Scotland and Ireland.

18/02/2004 ::

Somewhere between the Finnish film director Aki Kaurismaki and the Coen brother’s film Fargo, Kitchen Stories, the cult hit of this year’s Cannes and London Film Festivals, is a stylish and warm comedy.

In 1950s Norway a mass-observation project led by Swedish scientists was underway. After thoroughly mapping the Swedish housewife’s behaviour in the kitchen, scientists at the Home Research Institute in Sweden felt ready to venture beyond their own geographic and gender-based limitations.

They send 18 observers to the rural district of Landstad, Norway, with its surplus of bachelors, to study the kitchen routines of single men. In order to be on 24-hour call, the observers lived an isolated existence in egg-shaped campers outside each subject’s house.

Mild-mannered researcher Folke is dealt the challenge of studying the habits of the reticent Isak. Against the odds and the rules of the study, the two men gradually form a close friendship that allows them to break out of their respective roles. Beautiful cinematography and a lugubrious score compliment hilariously understated performances and wash the action in a glorious retro sheen.

Opens at the ICA cinema and nationally January 2nd

The Mall

Official Norwegian Oscar Entry
Cannes Film Festival – Directors Fortnight
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, 2003
‘Kitchen Stories is why great festivals matter’ The Times
‘Wonderously bizarre’ The Guardian
‘Plenty of subtle pleasures’ Variety
'Marvellous … wonderfully warm-hearted … pitch perfect' Time Out

Dates for screenings nationally:

2 Jan – 26 Feb ICA Cinemas,
The Mall, London
Box Office 020 7930 3647

2 –15 Jan – UGC Cinema, Edinburgh
Box office 08709 02 04 17

16-29 Jan - UGC Cinema, Glasgow
Box office 08709 02 04 17

23- 29 Jan – Duke of Yorks, Brighton
Box Office: 01273 602 503

6 –12 Feb – Watershed Cinema, Bristol
Box office: 0117 927 6444

6-12 Feb – Picturehouse, Cambridge
Box Office : 01223 50 44 44

2 Jan - 23 Feb at ICA, London
Box Office: 0207930 3647

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Kitchen Stories

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Director Bent Hamer at work.