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Activities - 13/02/2015

 

Berlin: Norway’s OUT OF NATURE wins Europa Cinemas Label

 

Norway’s OUT OF NATURE (Mot Naturen), directed by Ole Giæver, has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Panorama section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the network, the eleventh time the Label has been awarded in Berlin.

OUT OF NATURE will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.

The Label Jury consisted of: PEDRO BARBADILLO (Cineciutat, Palma, Spain); ELSIE ROOSE (Cinema Lumière, Bruges, Belgium); ARTEM RYZHKOV (Kinoteatr Zarya, Kaliningrad, Russia); ANDREA STOSIEK (Sputnik Kino, Berlin, Germany).

The jury issued the following statement: ” With a wry Scandinavian sense of humour, OUT OF NATURE is a well made and entertaining film about man’s contemporary anxieties and concerns – something of a universal theme today. Ole Giæver not just directs his own screenplay but plays the lead role too – a brave but successful choice. The central character is bored with his job, has a problematic relationship with himself and is distant from his wife and son. He escapes into the mountains for a weekend of contemplation and adventures. The film’s success will certainly inspire young filmmakers.”

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Trailer

Ole Giæver is both director and screenwriter

Co-director: Marte Vold - Cinematography: Øystein Mamen - Editing: Frida Eggum Michaelsen - Music: Ola Fløttum - Sound Design: Bent Holm - Production Design: Julie Asskildt

Producers are Maria Ekerhovd, Øistein Refseth, and the film is a Mer Film production.

In a small Norwegian town the working week comes to an end. Thirty-something Martin imagines the monotonous lives of strangers behind the windows of neighbouring offices. Then he takes a look at himself. His stream of thought makes him begin to have doubts about his own life. Embarking on a journey inside his head, he feels the need to be alone in nature. After asking his son about his day and sleeping with his wife, he packs a rucksack and jogs away from his family, into the mountains.

Whether it is an unexpected confrontation with a hunter at an inopportune moment, an involuntary dip in an icy lake or turning into an eagle: Martin’s imaginary expedition constantly provides him with new ways to confront – relentlessly but with humour – his anxieties, dreams, neuroses and sexual desires.

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How is it supposed to work? How can he participate in his own life as son, partner and father? As with his directorial debut FJELLET (Panorama 2011) Ole Giæver once again allows the mountains to become a physical and emotional force field for naked existence that provides new ways of seeing life. He himself plays the role of Martin – his performance is both charming and disarmingly funny.

Ole Giæver: Born in Tromsø, Norway in 1977, he first studied at the Nordland Kunst- og Filmfagskole in Norway and then at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Between 2002 and 2007 he and fellow director Marte Vold made 260 short films as part of their ‘Play’ project. His short film TOMMY was nominated for Best Short at the European Film Awards. The screenplay for his mid-length film SOMMERHUSET was nominated for the Norwegian National Film Award. He made his feature debut in 2011 with THE MOUNTAIN.

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