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Strange deaths and a relaxed loser as the towns beacon of bad news. Dark but humorous, with a touch of love and dash of hope. A bizarre look upon Trumps USA today.

The main character, Frank Farrelli, lives in Karmack, a small town in the Midwest. He is in his thirties and is living with his mother after losing his job at the railway station when it was closed down a few years ago. Like a lot of small places in North America, and even some bigger and well-known cities like Detroit, the town of Karmack has no jobs to offer or a future prospects for its residents. This is the present situation for a lot of people in Trumps America today, but also for many places throughout Europe.   The town of Karmack, with its declining population and demolished economy, is governed by the Sheriff, the Doctor and the Pastor - the so-called Commission - who are running the town as best as they can. But Karmack is experiencing a growing number of accidents and deaths, and the Commission realizes that they need some help, someone to convey the painful messages to the relatives when an unfortunate incident occurs. The Commission sees no other option but to employ a Middle Man, and Frank is hired as Karmack’s first official Middle Man. He takes his new job on with gusto and soon becomes the town’s beacon of bad news.   

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BulBul Film AS
Co production company:
The Film Farm
Pandora Filmproduktion
Profile Pictures
Bent Hamer
Line producer:
Catho Bach Christensen
Co producer:
Simone Urdl
Jennifer Weiss
Jamie Manning
Reinhard Brundig
NIna Frese
Jacob Jarek
Film consultant:
Ståle Stein Berg
Sales agent:
The Match Factory GmbH


  • Bent Hamer

    Bent Hamer (b. 1956) was educated in Film Theory and Literature at the University of Stockholm, in addition to studying film production at the Stockholm Film School (Stockholms Filmskola). Writing, directing and producing, Hamer is known and respected as one of Norways leading film directors, and one of the nations true film auteurs.

    He started his career as a filmmaker writing and directing a series of short films, which he also used to develop his own, very distinct style of portraying the people and doings of everyday in a stylized and somewhat distant, yet still very warm and caring fashion. He made his debut with Longitude Latitude in 1989, followed by Happy Hour and Sunday Dinner in 1991, Stone in 1992, and Just for the hell of it! and Applause in 1994. In 1994 Hamer also founded his own production company BulBul Film AS, which he has since produced all of his own feature films through, including his feature film debut; the critically acclaimed Eggs (1995) - which premiered as part of the Director's Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. Among several other accolades, Eggs won the FIPRESCI award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the St. Anna Award at the Moscow International Film Festival, and the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Film and Best Actor. Also his second film, Water Easy Reach (1998), was hailed by critics, and was nominated for the Crystal Star for Best European Feature at the Brussels International Film Festival in 1999.

    In 2002 Hamer premiered his third feature film - and arguably his principal work so far - the muted comedy-drama Kitchen Stories, at the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF), yet again to critical acclaim. The film was screened at 40 international film festivals, and has won numerous awards, including the FIPRESCI-award at TIFF, the Golden Swan for Best Director at Copenhagen International Film Festival, the International Jury Award for Best Director at the São Paulo International Film Festival, the Norwegian National Film Award Amanda for Best Film, and a nomination for the European Film Award.

    Hamer then seized the opportunity to direct Factotum, an adaptation of Charles Bukowski's novel of the same title, working in the United States, before returning to Norway, making another one of his trademark down-played comedic dramas: O'Horten (2007) made it's i

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Bent Hamer
Bent Hamer
Based on:
Part of the novel Sluk by Lars Saabye Christensen
John Christian Rosenlund
Anders Refn
Jonathan Goldsmith
Diana Magnus

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DCP 4k
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Stereo 5.1
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