Last night, Joachim Trier's film The Worst Person in the World had its world premiere in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
It is the first time in 42 years that a Norwegian-language film is shown in the main competition in Cannes, but already the third time director Joachim Trier has a film at the world's most important film festival.
An expectant audience in a packed Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière, with room for over two thousand people, received Trier and actors and the rest of the filmmakers with standing ovations even before the film had started.
And after the screening, there was standing ovations for 8-9 minutes.
It ended with an impromptu speech from Joachim Trier in which he thanked for the warm reception and told about his grandfather Erik Løchen's film The Hunt which was shown in the main competition in Cannes in 1960.
The reviews of the film have been very positive.
The industry magazine Variety writes:
As this melancholic romantic comedy faithfully follows its capricious protagonist through thick, thin and (mostly) somewhere in between, it turns into something lovely and wise: a gentle, unhurried paean to unrest and indecision, to making life wait, for better and worse.
A chaotic, unpredictable portrait of a chaotic, unpredictable individual, The Worst Person In The World is a spirited and thrillingly uninhibited piece of filmmaking from Joachim Trier.
While The Guardian`s Peter Bradshaw sums it up like this:
Renate Reinsve is sublime as a young woman veering between lovers in a film that reminds us of the genre’s life-affirming potential. It’s one of Cannes’ best
‘The Worst Person in the World’: Film Review – The Hollywood Reporter