Trollhunter (Trolljegeren)

The Troll Hunter is a sensational documentary which exposess the Norwegian Government's monumental efforts to hide the sensational news that trolls actually exists in Norway - and has done so over millenniums.

Within the corridors of the Government there is a secret department - The Troll Security Service - who's job is to monitor the trolls. They also have the power to call in a Troll Hunter to cover up problems if trolls break out of their reservations. The film will show actual shots of trolls in their real environment and it also raises the issue of what tragic fate befell the young film team who came across this state secret.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2010
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2010-10-29
Release date (international)
2010-09-23
Production Company
Filmkameratene AS
Dronningensgt. 8A, Box 629 Sentrum
N-0106 Oslo
Producer
John M. Jacobsen
Sveinung Golimo
Festival Contact
NFI Features
International sales
Magnolia Pictures
Territory
International sales
AB Svensk Filmindustri
Territory

Crew

Director
André Øvredal
Screenplay
André Øvredal
DoP
Hallvard Bræin

Technical information

Genre
Mockumentary
Format
35mm
Screen ratio
1:1,85
Colour
Colour
Sound format
Dolby SRD
Length in min's
103'
Language
Norwegian

Director

André Øvredal

André Øvredal (b. 1973) made a name for himself as one of Norways most successful directors of commercials for customers both in Norway and abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in California, where he directed the first ever feature in the school's 50 year old history: The thriller Future Murder was released as one of 80 first-time films in a special DVD series. It was also shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 1997 and released in several countries.

2010 saw Øvredal making his big break into feature films with Trolljegeren (The Troll Hunter), a film in the "found-footage" mockumentary genre. The film was a big hit with the norwegian audiences, becoming the second most attended norwegian film in cinemas 2010, as well as being sold to more foreign markets than any other norwegian film before it - before it even premiered in norwegian cinemas. Trolljegeren was also screened at the Park City at Midnight -programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Cast

Hans, the Trollhunter
Otto Jespersen
Thomas
Glenn Erland Tosterud
Johanna
Johanna Mørck
Kalle
Tomas Alf Larsen
Finn
Hans Morten Hansen
Polish Bearhunter
Robert Stoltenberg
Powerplant Manager
Knut Nærum

Festivals

2010
Fantastic Fest
2011
Sundance Film Festival
2011
Gérardmer International Fantasy Film Festival - Fantastic`Arts
2011
Göteborg International Film Festival
2011
True/False Film Fest
2011
Wisconsin Film Festival
2011
ActionFest
2011
Philadelphia CineFest
2011
BIFFF - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
2011
Florida Film Festival
2011
Sarasota Film Festival
2011
Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz
2011
Nashville Film Festival
2011
CPH:PIX
2011
Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival
2011
Tribeca Film Festival
2011
San Francisco International Film Festival
2011
The 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival
2011
Independent Film Festival of Boston
2011
Newport Beach Film Festival
2011
Havnedager Hamburg
2011
Seattle International Film Festival
2011
Sydney Film Festival
2011
Edinburgh International Film Festival
2011
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2011
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
2011
Fantasia International Film Festival
2011
T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival
2011
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival
2011
MotelX - Lisbon International Horror Film Festival
2011
Athens International Film Festival
2011
Reykjavik International Film Festival
2011
Move Filmfestival
2011
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
2011
LIFFe - Ljubljana International Film Festival
2011
European Film Forum Scanorama
2011
Noordelijk Filmfestival
2011
Trieste Intrenational Science Fiction Festival
2012
Screenplay Film Festival, Shetland
2012
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2012
Subtitle European Film Festival, Kilkenny
2013
Nordic Filmfest Roma
2014
Viking Screemfest

Prizes

2011
Sarasota Film Festival: Audience Award in World Cinema
2011
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival: H.R. Giger Award «Narcisse» for Best Feature Film, Silver Méliès for the best European fantastic feature film, RTS Audience Award

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