Dark Norwegian Folklore Hits The Big Screen In THALE

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Dark Norwegian Folklore Hits The Big Screen In THALE
[Post updated to include the trailer for Nordaas' previous short film In Chambers]

This would appear to be the year of Norwegian folk tales on the big screen. The Nordic countries - and northern Europe in general - have rich traditions of myth and folklore that are little known outside of their own borders but with The Troll Hunter hitting Sundance and Aleksander Nordaas' Thale coming later this year, Norway's mythic creatures are getting a big boost.

Nordaas' picture revolves around a huldra - a seductive forest spirit who appears from the front to be a beautiful young woman but who also has a cow's tale and whose back appears to be like a hollowed out tree. The huldra has been known to offer rewards to those who satisfy them sexually and death to those who fail to do so and are also prone to stealing human babies. You can learn more about them here.

Thale is taking a realistic, largely effects-free approach to the material and, though the picture still has several months before it is complete, we are proud to premiere the first teaser here on ScreenAnarchy. Check it - and a gallery of images, plus the trailer for Nordaas' previous short film In Chambers - below.
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Kurt HalfyardJanuary 3, 2011 4:25 PM

Excellent I like this idea a lot. But the barf-yellow colour palette is doing the film no favours.

Todd BrownJanuary 3, 2011 6:32 PM

They haven't started post on it yet, Kurt, so I imagine the colour palette may be tempered somewhat once they get into the colour correction process. And I realized after posting this that I've actually seen the director's previous short - In Chambers - which screened at Fantastic Fest and in one of my programs at the Worldwide Short Film Festival. I'm adding the trailer for that to this post as well so you can get a taste of what he's about .... guy's good ...

Kurt HalfyardJanuary 3, 2011 7:34 PM

Ahhh, this would make more sense...I wonder if the shot this on a DSLR?

ronaldholeJanuary 5, 2011 10:12 AM

Hi Kurt!

They used Panasonic HVX 200, HD. Just talked with the director.

Regards Ronald

http://twitter.com/ronaldhole

https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlvp6jX1992UNsQQIjuM3NrWQALgAK9IUMJanuary 6, 2011 5:18 PM

I was just wondering. Where can I watch both movies? I know the Thale isn't finish and stuff, but In Chambers? Where? :D

Aleksander NordaasJanuary 18, 2011 9:37 AM

Hi !

So sorry for my late reply, the response to this post caught us all a bit off guard. But better late..:)


Yes, like Todd says, the colour palette is still a work in progress (as well as the film itself). And like Ronald answered, the film is shot on a HVX200, an essential choice for this production. It's not a first choice when it comes to actual image quality, but, shooting the film myself, a camera being small and light was equally as important as image quality..:)


"In Chambers" is currently only available on a compilation-DVD (with several other Norwegian shorts) here:

http://www.nfi.no/filmbutikken/tittel.html?id=15207

...but the site's in Norwegian only, and I truly don't know if it's the subtitled version that's on that DVD. So, unless you are Norwegian, it might be a bit of a challenge ordering and watching this DVD.

On the bright side, "In Chambers" is currently under the wings of Premium Films, so hopefully it'll be available on the international market in near future. I'll be sure to let Todd know when that happens :)


Best to all of you, Aleksander
(Director, "Thale")

http://www.yesbox.no
http://www.aleksandernordaas.com