Norway under a microscope. Only at Cinematik.

15. August 2018

Cinematik focuses every year on films and filmmakers from one specific country. This season we are thrilled to introduce Norway under a microscope.

In this section we will find a drama by Kristoffer Borgli DRIB – telling a story about a performance artist Amir who does stand-up. Film begins the moment an advertising company is impressed by Amir’s controversial shows.

The protagonist of the film Lumberjack (Hoggeren), directed and written by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, is  a fragile Andres who’s just moved to a litte remote farm that belonges to his already dead parents. He dreams of being alone in nature and spends days by cutting trees for no reason. His past will, however, chatch up on him.

This section also introuces a horror drama previously screened at the Toronto Film Festival. Valley of Shadows (Skyggenes dal) by Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen tells us about a young boy who walks into the woods. Another film comes from Berlinale and its title is From balcony (Fra balkongen) . The film is shot by Ole Giaever who observes the world from his balcony located in the outskirts of Oslo. He thinks about the prupose of his existence.

Pyroman is a drama shot by Erik Skjoldbjaerg. The story is based on real events from 1978. In the vicinity of a Norweigan village woods and buildings are being set on firw. The one who’s responsible for it  is a 19-year-old Dag who tries to fit in the society. It is the only time he feels secure about himself when seting houses ablaze.

A Norwegian co-production drama What will people say (Hva vil folk si) directed and written by Iram Haq had a very special first night at the Toronto Film Festival and so happens to be the opening film of the 13. IFF Cinematik. This is a story of a 16-year old Nisha who comes from a Pakistani family and enjoys her liberty. Everything, however, changes as her tradition-loving family starts to interfere. Nisha’s family tries to radically and absurdly protect her from the modern influence of the free Western Europe and therefore, causes a significant generation conflict. What will people say belongs to one of the most expressive Norwegian shots so far.
An observational documentary film shot by director Margareth Olin – Childhood (Barndom) focuses on children which play games together and on their ”worlds”. Everything happens in one kindergarten in one school year.

A dramedy The World Waits (Verden venter) narrates a story of two Swedish actresses who work as waitresses during the summer in the capital city of Norway. Direction and script are a piece of work by Mariken Halle who took care of this Swedish- Norwegian co-production.