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Norway Downs Syndrome actor wins international acclaim. New Norwegian movie ‘Detective Downs’ has gained general praise not only at home, but also abroad. It premieres this week. The movie, scheduled follows private detective Robert Bogerud, a specialist in disappearance cases and the only Norwegian detective with Downs Syndrome. His mystery solving method of choice: empathy.

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Norway Downs Syndrome actor wins international acclaim

Published on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013 at 08:34 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last Updated on 22nd October 2013 at 12:17.

New Norwegian movie ‘Detective Downs’ has gained general praise not only at home, but also abroad. It premieres this week.

From 'Detective Downs', Bård Breien director
From 'Detective Downs', Bård Breien director
Photo: © Friland Produksjon


The movie, scheduled follows private detective Robert Bogerud, a specialist in disappearance cases and the only Norwegian detective with Downs Syndrome.

His mystery solving method of choice: empathy.

Svein André Hofsø, who suffers from the disorder himself, plays the role of the detective – the first ever actor with Downs Syndrome to star in a leading role in a movie.

Both Mr. Hofsø and the film’s director Bård Breien were invited to appear on 'Global' with Jon Sopel last week, a globally broadcast BBC World News program.

“I’m now closer to becoming a movie star, which is the aim,” said Svein Andre Hofsø, after appearing on the show.

The BBC program gained interest in 'Detective Downs' after reading tweets about the movie from a press conference of the niche film festival, Fantastic Fest, held in Austin, Texas.

An award ceremony was held at the festival during which Mr. Hofsø received the prize for best actor in a movie, beating famous actors Elijah Wood and Keanu Reeves.

The movie has gained praise from other outlets such as renowned film website Twitchfilm, which described 'Detective Downs' as “one of the most pleasant surprises this year”.

“It’s fantastic that the movie is getting so much attention before the premiere,” said Mr. Hofsø.

The director of the movie is also pleased with the international recognition the movie is getting.

“It’s fun the BBC has discovered interest for Scandinavian crime. It’s a different concept,” Mr. Breien told VG.

According to the director, the film is sold to several countries already through distributor Trust Nordisk.

What were the main challenges when making this film?

“Shooting took place over 40 days, 12 hours per day”, said Mr. Breien to The Foreigner, “it’s a grueling schedule for anyone.”

“We worked with Svein André for over a year to teach him all the lead character’s lines. At the same time, it was a  lot of fun,” he added.

The premiere party for ‘Detective Downs’ will be at Oslo’s 800-seat Klingenberg Cinema tomorrow, Wednesday, with general Norway release this Friday.



Published on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013 at 08:34 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven.
Last updated on 22nd October 2013 at 12:17.

This post has the following tags: bbc, norwayfilms.





  
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