Norwegian director Rune Denstad Langlo’s feature debut, North (Nord), which won the international critics’ FIPRESCI prize and a shared Europa Cinemas Label at the recent Berlinale, has been selected for the 8th Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place in New York between 22 April-3 May.
Scripted by Erlend Loe, and produced by Sigve Endresen and Brede Hovland for Motlys, North is one of 12 entries competing for Best Film and Best Newcomer in Tribeca’s World Narrative Feature section. According to French sales agent, Memento Films International, the Berlin screening sparked off a ”real bidding war” between European buyers - the film has subsequently been licensed to almost 20 countries. It will have its US debut at the New York festival which was founded by Robert De Niro.
Produced by Torstein Grude for Piraya Film, Polish director Andrzej Fidyk’s YODOK Stories has been chosen as a contender in the Best International Documentary programme. Dealing with conditions in North Korean concentration camps, the film has been awarded at festivals in Warsaw (Planet Doc Review) and Bergen.
Kajsa Næss’ Deconstruction Workers (Bygningsarbeidere), which received the grand prix at last year’s Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad and competed in Clermont Ferrand, will enter Tribeca’s short film competition. It follows a two builders discussing life while the world around them is falling apart.
North: A road movie without a road, North is a wry comedy about a former ski champ on a journey to start anew. Having just learned he has a five-year-old son, he hops on his snowmobile with a batch of moonshine, bound for ex-girlfriend’s home in Norway’s Far North. His oddball encounters along the way make this fresh and original debut both tender and amusing.
When & Where: Fri, 4/24, 6:30 pm, AV 7-04. Sat, 4/25, 3:15 pm, AV7-07. Tues, 4/28, 4:15 pm, AV 7-07. Wed, 4/29, 10:15 pm, AV7-07
YODOK: Exposing a subject notoriously shrouded in secrecy, this uplifting doc chronicles a group of North Korean concentration camp escapees and their contributions to a musical based on their experiences. Blending interviews and scenes from the controversial stage show, Fidyk explores the atrocities they faced as prisoners—and the challenges of trying to express them through art.
When & Where: Thurs, 4/23, 7:30 pm, AV 7-05. Sat, 4/25, 2:00 pm, AV7-06. Mon , 4/27, 9:45 pm, AV 7-04. Thurs, 4/30, 3:00 pm, AV7-04
Deconstruction Workers: Part of the Short Film program titled "Means to an end". Two average Joes dig their way through the meaning of life in Deconstruction Workers.
When & Where: Fri, 4/24, 9:30 pm, AV 7-04. Wed, 4/29, 2:00 pm, AV7-06. Sat, 5/2, 11:00 pm, AV 7-06. Sun, 5/3, 5:45 pm, TC2
AV 7 screenings at AMC Village VII, 66 3rd Avenue at 11th Street, NYC.
TC Screenings at Tribeca Cinemas, 54 Varick st, NYC.
More information at Tribeca Film Festival website.