Norwegian directors Eskil Vogt and Mona Fastvold’s feature debuts will compete – and Tommy Wirkola’s horror keep audiences edge-seated – along with two shorts at America’s premier showcase for independent films in Park City, Utah, between January 16 and 26.
Both first features, Norwegian directors Eskil Vogt’s Blind and Mona Fastvold’s Sleepwalker (Søvngjengeren) have been selected for competitions at the Sundance Film Festival – America’s premier showcase for independent films in Park City, Utah, which runs between January 16 and 26, 2014: Blind in the World Competition, Sleepwalker in the US Dramatic Competition.
Dead Snow: Red vs Dead
And Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola will deliver the third world premiere from Norway: his Dead Snow: Red vs Dead (Død snø 2) following up on Dead Snow (2009) which was also shown in Sundance, will unspool in Park City at Midnight: a programme of “unruly films that will keep you edge-seated and wide awake, from horror ficks to comedies to works that defy any genre.” With Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Ørjan Gamst in the leads, the Tappeluft Pictures is the story of Martin, the only survivor of the Nazi zombie massacre; his new arm transplanted from a zombie starts living its own life, battering police, doctors, women and children who come in the way.
Feature debut of Eskil Vogt
Produced by Norway’s Motlys, Blind is the feature debut of Vogt, the scriptwriter of the Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s award-winning Reprise and Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august). Also written by Vogt starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen, it follows a woman who has become blind and refuses to leave the apartment. She gets the feeling that when her husband says he is going to work, he doesn’t; when he is mailing his colleagues, he is actually chatting with his mistress. Eline, newly divorced, lies to her daughter about her loneliness – across the street a man is watching her through the window.
Norwegian film shot in the US
Shot in the US, produced by Norway’s 4½ Film with New York’s Tandem Pictures, and scripted by actress-turned-director Mona Fastvold together with Brady Corbet, Sleepwalker has Norwegian actress Gitte Witt in the lead, with a US cast of Corbet and Christopher Abbott, depicting the peaceful life of Kaia, which is turned upside down with the unexpected arrival of her sister Christine and her fiancé, Ira. One of them disappears to leave the others in a chaos of family secrets. The most recent Norwegian film to win at Sundance was Anne Sewitsky’s comedy Happy Happy (Sykt lykkelig), which in 2011 received the Jury Grand Prix.
Burger Bar and Obsessive Compulsory Disorder
Screening in the Short Film comptetition at the festival, Magnus Mork's Burger and Julies Engaas' Blame it on the Seagull are two very distinct short films.
Burger takes place late at night in a burger bar. Gay and straight, male and female, couples, singles and friends are beautifully observed by Norwegian filmmaker Magnus Mork in this short drama filmed on location in a Cardiff burger bar. Burger is the fourth short film to be produced by the Iris Prize, the world's largest lesbian and gay short film prize.
Blame it on the Seagull (Det var ikke jeg, det var fiskmåsen) is directed by Julie Engaas and written by Engaas and Cecilie Bjørnaraa. The 12 minute short film is an animated documentary about and with Pelle Sandstrak. He tells the story of when he in his teens got the first signs of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tourettes Syndrome. The two short films will be screened four times each commencing January 17 in Park City and Salt Lake City.
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