Tag: norway

Review: In THELMA, Nothing Happens Without a Butterfly Effect

Directed by Joachim Trier, Thelma follows the titular character played by Ellie Harboe -- a young, beautiful student -- as she ventures to Oslo, Norway for school. Growing up is hard enough, but when you have acute seizures and come from a staunch...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Sex, Lies and VIDAR THE VAMPIRE

Blood-sucking vampires have been invading cinema screens for nearly a century now so it’s increasingly rare to see something truly original come out of the genre. Enter Vidar. Not only is this unfortunate creature one of the sorriest excuses for...

Toronto 2017 Interview: VALLEY OF SHADOWS Director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen on the Blurring of Fantasy and Reality, Time and Space

I was settling into my afternoon, the sun at its highest point in Toronto, when Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen popped onto Skype.   The physical window inside the virtual chat window, showed the sun was just starting to set in Norway....

Toronto 2017 Review: VALLEY OF SHADOWS Leads Us Into The Deep, Dark, Woods Of Scandinavian Gothic

What we do not understand scares us. We often need monsters to blame. Young Aslak is at that tender age where we all seek a little independence, but do not know what to do with it. When nothing in the...

Toronto 2017: Watch New THELMA Trailer and Be Electrified

We're big fans of Norwegian director Joachim Trier, whose past features -- Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs -- have demonstrated his ability to weave deeply personal themes into sharply provocative dramas. His latest, Thelma, promises a bit...

Atmospheric Trailer for Norwegian Faerie Tale, VALLEY OF SHADOWS

Getting its world premier at TIFF 2017 in September, Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen's Valley of Shadows is all-in on atmosphere, cinematography and innocence. Dark shadows, thick white fogs, and a personal favourite of a child in silhouette, backlit by a bonfire...

Review: THE UNTAMED, Riveting and Shocking, It Needs to Be Watched to Be Believed

One of the reasons that I love fantastic genre film is that it can often find the most relevant and interesting metaphors for dealing with issues of social life, be they cultural, political, or sexual. The Untamed, which won the...

THE ASH LAD: Norwegian Folk Tale Comes To Life In Big Budget Family Fantasy

Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose brings Norwegian folk tale The Ash Lad to life with his upcoming live action feature adaptation, bringing audiences a classic tale of a poor young man pitted against overwhelming supernatural forces. Espen “Ash Lad”, a poor...

WWE Studios Sticks an Ice Pick in Rights For a COLD PREY Remake

Yesterday the announcement came that WWE Studios have secured the rights to remake Roar Uthaug's Norwegian slasher flick Cold Prey from 2006. WWE have also secured to option to purchase a re-write script written by Casey La Scala.  Cold Prey...

THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL Gathers Ancient Tales From Around The World

If you, like me, have an interest in dark folklore from around the world then it turns out that you have a shared interest with The ABCs Of Death producers Tim League and Ant Timpson who are revisiting the horror...

Scandinavian 2016: A Nordic Burst Of Cinema Intensifies Australia's Winter

It is only in its third year, and yet The Scandinavian Film Festival which runs Australia-wide is one of my most anticipated festivals, following the gargantuan MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) of course. Considering one of my favorite films from...

Joachim Trier's Next Is Supernatural Thriller THELMA

After making his English language debut with recent festival hit Louder Than Bombs, Norwegian arthouse darling Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo August 31st) returns to his native tongue for his next effort but is also pushing into new territory. Trier's fourth...

Cannes 2016: Nordic Genre Cinema Celebrated With Viking Helmets

Sure, the Cannes Film Festival sounds like an ultra-serious consideration of the latest and greatest in world cinema. But who knew it included the wearing of viking helmets? We've been provided with three photos from the (scandalous?) Nordic Genre Party...

Eric Poppe Returns With THE KING'S CHOICE. Watch The Trailer Now!

Norway's Erik Poppe has long been a favorite in these parts ... since we first came across his work with 2004's Hawaii, Oslo (actually his sophomore effot) we've watched him move from that Wenders / Anderson influenced multi-threaded drama to...

PYROMANIAC: Erik Skjoldbjærg Returns With New Norwegian Thriller

Erik Skjoldbjærg, the acclaimed director of Insomnia - later remade by Christopher Nolan - and Nokas returns to the big screen with Pyromaniac, a period set thriller which has just released its first trailer. The year is 1981 and it...

Review: THE WAVE, A Sweeping Piece Of Entertainment

Since first appearing on the scene with Cold Prey in 2006, Norwegian director Roar Uthaug - not pronounced how it looks to English speakers but an awesome name, nonetheless - has earned himself quite a reputation, thanks to his ability...

BLACKHEARTS: Watch The Official Trailer For The Black Metal Pilgrimage Doc

We brought you a clip of a satanic ceremony. We let you know how you could support the doc. And now we are the first to share with you the trailer for the black metal odyssey Blackhearts! The documentary Blackhearts follows...

Meet THE LION WOMAN In First Trailer

Director Vibeke Idsøe delivers what appears to be a handsomely realized and very unusual period drama with The Lion Woman, which is exactly what it sounds like: The tale of a girl born with her body covered in hair.THE LION...

VILLMARK ASYLUM: Watch The New International Trailer For The Slick Norwegian Horror

Norwegian director Pål Øie returns to screens with Villmark Asylum, a sort of thematic sequel to his 2003 effort, Villmark. An abandoned sanatorium is deteriorating in a remote forest in the mountains. The building is going to be demolished, and...

Review: BLIND, A Stunning, Sensitive Ode To The Lonely

What we see: A street in Oslo, Norway. A dress shop. Pedestrians stream on by. Standing inside of the shop is a German Shepard. It Barks. Spittle hits the window. Pedestrians stream on by. What we hear: A woman's voice,...