|Nordic Film Days in Lübeck|
| [03.11.2011, 11:33am, Thu. GMT]|
|“The extensive Norwegian programme emphasises the diversity and quality of current Norwegian cinema,” said artistic director Linde Fröhlich. Norwegian director Anne Sewitzsky’s feature debut, Happy, Happy, which won the grand jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and and Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, opened last night (2 November) Nordic Film Days Lübeck – the largest showcase of Scandinavian films outside the Nordic countries.Attending the performance were Sewitsky, screentwriter Ragnhild Tronvoll, producer Synnøve Hørsdal, of Maipo, and the four lead actors of the tragic comedy: Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Maibritt Saerens. The film is one of the 15 contenders for the festival’s NDR top prize.|
Also competing in the main programme are Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august), Marius Holst’s King of Devil’s Island (Kongen av Bastøy) and Stian Kristiansen’s I Travel Alone (Jeg reiser alene); Pål Sletaune’s Babycall and Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters (Hodejegerne) are scheduled for special screenings.
Strong development of Norwegian cinema
A total of 31 Norwegian productions have been selected for the 53rd edition of the event which boasts eight German premieres and four world premieres in a line-up of 147 films from the Nordic and Baltic countries and the local region. Six Norwegian films for children and young audiences, and five documentaries are on show.
“The extensive Norwegian programme emphasises the strong development of Norwegian cinema in recent years,” said artistic director Linde Fröhlich, of the Nordic Film Days. “The film industry is very productive with an outlet of diversity, ranging from thrillers to kidpics, often of a high quality.”
“Norwegian filmmakers have universal stories to tell which appeal to an international audience, at the same time they have characteristics which are typically Norwegian and therefore interesting for us. Recently we have especially been impressed by the Norwegian movies for children and young people.”
Retrospective films from Lapland
Lübeck’s 2011 retrospective, Films under the Midnight Sun, is dedicated to films from Lapland, with six Norwegian entries, including Nils Gaup’s Pathfinder (Veiviseren/1988), which was nominated for an Oscar, and The Kautokeino Rebellion (Kautokeinoopprøret/2007) which won Lübeck’s Audience Prize in 2007.
Besides screenings to general audiences, the festival organises the Lübeck Meetings for professionals, with a film market for new and upcoming Nordic titles (as well as a special German-Norwegian co-production session). NDR Television will accompany the showcase by five Nordic Film Nights, airing nine features between 6th and 22nd of November.