Past Event ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
At Scandinavia House 8 - 9 April 2010 ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
Scandinavia House will host A Cooler Perspective: Exploring New Directions in Norwegian Cinema, the premier event of the upcoming SubZero Short Film Fest: Emerging Norwegian Directors Break the Ice in New York, April 8 and 9, at its stunning flagship on Park Avenue at 38th Street.
The 2 day program will feature screenings of short films by Lasse Gjertsen, Charlotte Blom and Joachim Trier, on Thursday evening, as well as Jens Lien’ celebrated 2006 feature film, The Bothersome Man, preceded by a the director’s brilliant short, Every Day is a Fish Day on Friday. This unusual mix presents an exciting aesthetic, thematic and technical contrast, spotlighting current Norwegian film’s rich creative nature, innovative content and inventive visual language. The iconoclastic Gjertsen, internationally acclaimed for the huge popularity of his shorts in YouTube, will discuss his controversial approach to filmmaking as well as his original point of view after the screening of his films.
Thursday, APRIL 8 19:00
VICTOR BORGE HALL, SCANDINAVIA HOUSE A COOLER PERSPECTIVE: NEW DIRECTIONS ON NORWEGIAN FILM SCREENING OF SHORT FILMS BY LASSE GJERTSEN, CHARLOTTE BLOM AND JOACHIM TRIER COMMENTS FROM DIRECTOR LASSE GJERTSEN, Q AND A
The 28 year old Lasse Gjertsen, already legendary for his short Hyperactive with more than 15 million views, is a dazzling animator, musician and videographer celebrated for stringing together clips of short video to create extraordinarily creative short films in a form similar to stop motion animation. Gjertsen, also known for his contentious views on the film and advertising industries, represents an idiosyncratic point of view while voicing the widespread concern of a generation of contemporary filmmakers who want to be recognized for making the rules, not following them.
The award winning Charlotte Blom, is known for her captivating animations, most notably Coconut, originally released as Kokkos, which won the title of Best Nordic Short from the Nordisk Panorama. As a photographer, Blom came to the notice of critics and film goers with Twisted Sisters Goes Baccara (1999). In a discipline noted for its a wild and inventive films, Blom is a master at the seamless mix of genres with superb scripting and execution.
Joachim Trier’s critically acclaimed coming of age drama, Reprise (2006), the director’s first feature film won Norway’s prestigious Amanda Award for Best Direction and Screen Play among many others. Prior to Reprise Trier amassed an impressive cache of shorts, and his award winning Procter (2002) will be shown at SubZero as outstanding examples of the classic experimental, envelope pushing, approach to shorts.
Friday, APRIL 9 19:00
VICTOR BORGE HALL, SCANDINAVIA HOUSE A COOLER PERSPECTIVE: NEW DIRECTIONS ON NORWEGIAN FILM SCREENING OF THE SHORT FILM EVERY DAY IS A FISH DAY BY JENS LEIN FOLLOWED BY HIS FEATURE FILM, THE BOTHERSOME MAN.
A rocker turned filmmaker, Jens Lien personifies the coolness of Norwegian film. Best known to New York audiences for the multiple-award winning The Bothersome Man, a surreal comedic meditation released in 2007. based on a radio play by Per Schreiner, who also wrote the screen play and with whom Liens often collaborates. The film’s, luminous veneer masks scathing satire, leading Jeannette Catsoulis to observe in her New York Times review, “Quiet desperation has never looked so gorgeous.” A remark that can also be said about the haunting story, thoughtful direction and skillful execution of Lien’s brilliant Every Day is a Fish Day, a masterpiece in the art of short filmmaking.