A film based on Per Petterson’s famous novel.

November 1999. 67-year-old Trond lives in new-found desolation, looking forward to New Year’s Eve 2000 alone. He discovers he has a neighbor, a man he knew in 1948. The summer Trond turned 15. The summer Trond’s father prepared him to shoulder his forthcoming betrayal and disappearance. The summer Trond grew up and met a woman he yearned for. The woman Trond’s father was preparing to spend his life with.


Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2019-03-08
Production company:
4 1/2 Fiksjon AS
Producer:
Håkon Øverås
Turid Øversveen
Sales agent:
TrustNordisk ApS

Director

  • Hans Petter Moland

    Spending his formative years in the United States, Hans Petter Moland (b. 1955) got his education in film and theatre direction at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 1978. After finishing his studies he began directing commercials and music videos for clients all around the world, and became employed by the renowned New York production company Giraldi Productions.

    He returned to Norway in 1985, and established Moland Film Co. in 1988, which has since grown to be the largest production company for production of commercials in Scandinavia. Moland has won numerous awards for his work in commercials, at both Scandinavian and major international festivals, including the "Golden Lion" of the Cannes Commercial Film Festival, and the prestigious "Clio Award" from the United States.

    In 1993 he made his debut as a feature film director, with the WWII-drama The Last Lieutenant, based on a true story from Nazi Germanys attack on Norway in April of 1940. He followed up his debut with Zero Kelvin in 1995, which garnered him the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Picture, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at San Sebastian. Both films enjoyed widespread acclaim, from critics and audiences alike, and won several awards at festivals around the world.  Aberdeen (1999), and The Beautiful Country (2004), starring among others Nick Nolte and Tim Roth, further established Moland as a cinematic force to be reckoned with, and The Beautiful Country was also selected for Competition in Berlin. In between the latter films Moland also directed the short film United We Stand, as part of the portmanteau film Utopia - Nobody's Perfect in the Perfect Country, a short which has been a great success in and of itself, with numerous festival participations and awards bestowed upon it.

    2006 saw Moland premiering the 1970s-drama Comrade Pedersen (also a hit with both critics and audiences), before presenting yet another tour-de-force in 2010 with A Somewhat Gentle Man.

    Hans Petter Moland

Cast

Stellan Skarsgård
Bjørn Floberg
Tobias Santelmann
Danica Curcic
Pål Sverre Hagen
Gard B. Eidsvold
Jon Ranes

Awards

2019:
Berlin International Film Festival
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk

Festivals

2019:
Berlin International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Hans Petter Moland
Screenplay:
Hans Petter Moland
Based on:
Ut og stjæle hester by Per Petterson
Cinematographer:
Rasmus Vidbæk
Composer:
Kaspar Kaae

Technical information

Genre:
Drama
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:2,35
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
100'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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