Tag: norway

Toronto 2019 Review: DISCO Doubts Your Commitment To Sparkle Motion

Disco is a juxtaposition of cults. One is the intense dance competition circuit. Here, girls in skimpy, sparkling outfits, a deluge of rhinestones and sequins, with face paint to match, perform intensely choreographed contortions to thumping electronica as an expression of...

THE QUAKE Trailer: Oslo Shakes, May Not Survive

The unluckiest family in Norway decides to move to Oslo, which makes the fair citizens there quake in their boots. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the family that survived Roar Uthaug's terrific thriller The Wave (2015) is on...

SISTER HELL Director Fredrik Hana Returns With ROSALINA

We have been enormous fans of Norway's Fredrik Hana in these pages for years now. Hana has always been something of an outsider talent, delivering a string of frequently bizarre and always intensely high quality short films with his own...

Sundance 2018 Review: LORDS OF CHAOS and The Humanization of Savagery

For any devotee of heavy metal, transgressive culture, and Satanism (or all of the above), the Lords of Chaos biopic has been a long time coming. Feral House published the first edition of the book all the way back in...

MATCH: Trailer For New Norwegian Comedy Offers Live Commentary On The 20-Something Life

Stian has voices in his head. Two of them, in fact. They're not malicious. Not directly, at least. They don't push him to do anything he doesn't want to. Again, not directly, at least. But they are simply always there,...

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS In Hilarious Trailer For Norwegian Comedy

There's a bit of a Norwegian super-team assembled for upcoming comedy Opportunity Knocks (Norske Byggeklosser) - the new remake of one of the all time classic local pictures. Dead Snow producer Kjetil Omberg, The Bothersome Man producer Jørgen Storm...

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...