Norwegian films shine at Sundance

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Norway’s film industry was singing its praises last week, after no less than six Norwegian films (three full-length and three short-subject) were selected to be shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in the US. And then one of them won rave reviews over the weekend.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the Norwegian film Blind won praise for being “daring, unique, sexy, frightening and completely different” after its world premiere at Sundance. The full-length film debut of director Eskil Vogt was clearly a success, with his film included as one of 12 films on the festival’s World Cinema program.

Vogt told Aftenposten it was difficult to sit through his own film, but when the audience laughed in the right places, he began to relax. Ellen Dorrit Petersen, the Norwegian actress who plays the main character who goes blind in the film, said she received lots of positive feedback for the film, while one critic called it extremely creative and Netflix boss Reed Hastings watched the entire screening. Others said they “loved” the film, which will be released in Norway on February 28.

Tommy Wirkola’s Død snø 2 was being shown on Monday, as was Mona Fastvold’s debut film Søvngjengeren. This year’s Sundance festival has the highest number of Norwegian films ever, a tribute to the country’s film industry.

newsinenglish.no staff