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More success for Norwegian films. Norwegian/Dutch co-production ’Blind’ named the best European film in the Panorama category at the Berlin Film Festival. The film directed by Eskil Vogt was premiered at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Utah that took place between 22nd January and 01st February this year. It won the World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting Award. The Berlin jury described the film as “a breath of fresh air”.

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More success for Norwegian films

Published on Monday, 17th February, 2014 at 07:15 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 17th February 2014 at 09:32.

Norwegian/Dutch co-production ’Blind’ named the best European film in the Panorama category at the Berlin Film Festival.

From the film 'Blind'
From the film 'Blind'
Photo: Norwegian Film Institute


The film directed by Eskil Vogt was premiered at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Utah that took place between 22nd January and 01st February this year. It won the World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting Award.

The Berlin jury described the film as “a breath of fresh air”.

“[‘Blind’ is] an original debut feature with a really interesting approach to narrative structure. The film teases the audience, playing with notions of fantasy and reality. Above all, it is an arthouse film that will engage with and provoke debate among the younger audience — a welcome counter-point to the predominance of middle-aged dramas”.

The film partly spoofs the ‘Nordic Noir’ genre. It is Espen Vogt’s directorial debut.  

‘Blind’, produced by Motlys, focuses on a blind woman called Ingrid who spends her days listening to the radio after losing her sight as an adult. She fears leaving her house as well as fears about her husband.

Ingrid (played by Ellen Dorrit Petersen) can still remember how the world around her looks, but the images that were once clear are slowly replaced by darker visions.

She suspects her husband Morten (Henrik Rafaelsen) does not always leave for work when he says he does, wondering if he is there in the apartment with her, sneaking around and silently observing her.

According to the Norwegian Film Institute, ‘Blind’ “is a witty and unpredictable drama about how our innermost fantasies and desires affect how we perceive the world around us.”

The film’s win in Berlin means that ‘Blind’ will now get support from the Europa Cinemas Network, which has contributors in 69 different countries.

Espen Vogt’s success adds to recent good news for the Norwegian film industry. Last year, ‘Trollhunter’ director André Øvredal signed with Britain’s Goldcrest Films to direct his first English-language film ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’.

‘Love Me’ (Elsk meg), by award-winning Norwegian documentary filmmaker Hanne Myren, was premiered at the film festival in Abu Dhabi in the last quarter of 2013.

Moreover, ‘Detective Downs’ actor Svein André Hofsø, who suffers from the Downs Syndrom himself, won international acclaim for his lead character role as private detective Robert Bogerud.



Published on Monday, 17th February, 2014 at 07:15 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 17th February 2014 at 09:32.

This post has the following tags: norwayfilms, norwegiancinema, berlinfilmfestival.





  
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