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A dose of bare Norwegian nature. ARTICLE AND VIDEO: A partially naked man with a rucksack running for insight in the Norwegian mountains is trotting around some of the globe’s cinemas. Out of Nature, Norway’s contribution at Toronto International Film Festival and also being shown at Stavanger’s literature festival, is now ready to greet the Germans at next year’s Berlinale Panorama. “It’s amazingly huge to show my film in such recognized festivals as Toronto and the Berlinale. This is a personal film for me, and I’m pleased and touched by the recognition and that the film is such a success outside Norway, says filmmaker Ole Giæver in a press release.

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A dose of bare Norwegian nature

Published on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 at 12:36 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last Updated on 17th September 2014 at 13:44.

ARTICLE AND VIDEO: A partially naked man with a rucksack running for insight in the Norwegian mountains is trotting around some of the globe’s cinemas.

Mot Naturen
This figure could be arriving on a cinema screen near you. Mot Naturen
Photo: By kind permission of Mer Film


Out of Nature, Norway’s contribution at Toronto International Film Festival and also being shown at Stavanger’s literature festival, is now ready to greet the Germans at next year’s Berlinale Panorama.

“It’s amazingly huge to show my film in such recognized festivals as Toronto and the Berlinale. This is a personal film for me, and I’m pleased and touched by the recognition and that the film is such a success outside Norway, says filmmaker Ole Giæver in a press release.

(See trailer at the bottom of the article).      

He stars as Martin, a family man in the mid ‘30s struggling with boredom, or as he says: salmon on Fridays, or taco, if he is lucky.

“I’m very fond of naked, open nature. I feel that we humans are more vulnerable and face to face in open spaces such as these. We have no social structures to hide behind,” Mr Giæver said to NRK, adding that he thinks nature is a nice place in which to place characters. He is director, screenwriter, and as one of the actors in the film, occasionally naked.

As Martin, Ole Giæver’s thoughts are “heard”, free and uncensored about his relationships with both his wife and son. He longs to be a free man. In Out of Nature, Martin is on a hiking trip to spend  a weekend in solitude. The audience can hear his thoughts on life, much what we often wish we could find in a partner, but are most probably are blessed not being able to. The Norwegian title Mot Naturen actually means Against Nature, the opposite of being in contact with nature. 

“I’ve managed to say something universal,” says Ole Giæver to Filtermagasin.no. When asked to recount the wonderful images in the film as the trailer plays, the scenery almost as important as a starring role, he replies "Øystein Mamen took the amazing pictures, he has a very strong presence as a photographer.”

“Nature plays, as you say, a strong rol , but it would not be as interesting if we did not see the environment in relation to a man. We are all vulnerable and stripped in nature, and we are trying to set up nature as both a threat and resistance for the main character in the film, but also as a place where one can find solace and reconciliation."

Gradually, a picture of doubts, loss, and longing emerges.

“I wanted to make a film which alternates between being inside a man – gaining access to his innermost thoughts, daydreams, and fantasies – and watching him, without him being aware that he is being watched. The vision of the film is to get closer to the core, the essence of what is recognizable and universal in all people.”

Ole Giæver co-stars with his wife Marte Solem, with whom he worked before they became a couple. Their son, Sivert, also has a role in the film.

Mer Film, an independent film production company behind Out of Nature, was founded in 2011, producing Norwegian and international arthouse films. The first feature film, I am yours (2013), has also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was Norway’s entry to the Oscars 2014.

Out of Nature should have been Norway's Oscar candidate, according to NRK reports. Now, the actors are ready to show the Germans the naked truth.

The film’s Norwegian premiere is on Friday September 19th.


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Published on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014 at 12:36 under the entertainment category, by Tove Andersson.
Last updated on 17th September 2014 at 13:44.

This post has the following tags: films, norway, nature, norwegians.





  
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