Five years ago, Jomar (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) had a great girlfriend and a promising future as a professional skier, but then a sporting accident triggered a mental collapse. Now 30, Jomar lives a sad, rudderless existence as a ski lift operator and downer of pills and booze. Then he finds out that he has a five-year-old son. With scant more than a snowmobile, a jug of moonshine, and the clothes on his back, Jomar impetuously takes off on a sublimely comic off-road trip bound for Norway's Far North, hoping to reclaim the life he lost.
Written by Erlend Loe, who wrote last year's Norwegian Oscar® candidate Gone with the Woman, North's charm lies in Jomar and the characters he meets on his journey. Many of them are loners like Jomar, resulting in some unusual and hilarious moments—from simple questions from a kindhearted little girl to a unique way of getting wasted to an odd old man living on an ice lake—that add a distinct texture to Jomar's journey. The most subtle exchanges generate the most dynamic effects, but it is Bassmo Christiansen, one of Norway's most awarded and brightest actors, who connects all of these moments with his everyman appeal.
Length: 78 minutes
Premiere: North American
Primary Cast: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Kyrre Hellum, Marte Aunemo, Mads Sjoegaard Pettersen, Lars Olsen, Astrid Solhaug
Director: Rune Denstad Langlo
Screenwriter: Erlend Loe
Producers: Sigve Endresen, Brede Hovland
Director of Photography: Philip Øgaard
Editor: Zaklina Stojcevska
Sound Designer: Bent Holm
Rune Denstad Langlo (b. Trondheim, Norway) makes his feature debut with North. He has worked both as a director and producer in the documentary genre for 10 years. He started his career as a production assistant and researcher for a historic documentary on Roald Amundsen. He has directed the feature-length documentaries Too Much Norway (2005) and 99% Honest (2008). Both received theatrical releases and critical acclaim.
Winner: Best New Narrative Filmmaker.
As a result, this film will screen two additional times on
Sunday, May 3: 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
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