Norwegian films to London Film Festival: 13 October 2010 - 28 October 2010
The two critically acclaimed Norwegian films will be shown during the 54th BFI London Film Festival in October.The two critically acclaimed Norwegian films ‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ directed by Hans Petter Moland and ‘Home for Christmas' by Bent Hamer, will be shown during the 54th BFI London Film Festival in October.
‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’, starring Stellan Skarsgaard, Aksel Hennie and Kersti Holmen is, according to the director, a ‘worldwide campaign against the people of petty exactness that rule the world.’
The award-winning dark comedy revolves around the life of Ulrik- a ‘somewhat gentle man’- who is released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence for murder. Ulrik, whose old gangster crew tries to get him back on his feet by giving him an apartment and a job as a mechanic, is keen to re-establish a relationship with his grown-up son Geir. This, however, proves difficult as Geir has already told his partner that Dad is dead.
‘Home for Christmas’, based on a short story collection by Norwegian writer Levi Henriksen, is a modern Christmas carol taking place on Christmas Eve in the small fictional Norwegian town ‘Skogli’, where a range of unique characters intersect with each other in different stories.
“Hamer weaves the material together with his usual wit to produce a wry snapshot of life, blending humour and tenderness with misfortune and sadness. Hamer's world is charmingly eccentric, yet his empathy for character and situation ensures this modern day A Christmas Carol has the warmest of hearts.” Sarah Lutton writes for the London Film Festival.
The London Film Festival, currently in its 54th year is the UK’s largest public film event. This year, the festival will feature over 300 films from 67 different countries.
“In writing and reading about this year's films, I found myself being pulled back to one idea, one word: these films are inspiring. They're inspiring because of the subjects they tackle, inspiring because they're brilliantly made or beautiful to look at, inspiring because they take risks, inspiring because they ask questions, inspiring because they're angry or life-affirming. They make us love and value the art and craft of film - and what could be better than that?” LFF Artistic Director Sandra Hebron writes.
BFI London Film Festival
‘Home for Christmas’ by Bent Hamer:
21/22 October: Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7AL
24 October: Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensbury Place SW7 2DT
‘A Somewhat Gentle Man’ by Hans Petter Moland:
27-28 October: Vue West End, 3 Cranbourn Street, Leicester Square WC2H 7AL
Tickets: Cine Lumiere: £9,50, Vue: £13
Book online or call 020 7928 3232 from 11:30 – 20:30
For more information go to: www.bfi.org.uk/lff/