Norwegian director Joachim Trier was in the spotlight at the international film festival in Cannes this week, as his new film Louder Than Bombs made its debut as a candidate for the coveted Palme d’Or prize. Reviews were mixed, but Trier was just happy to be there.
Norwegian reviewers gave the film, Trier’s first in English, high marks while The Guardian and some others critics were less than ecstatic. Getting the film into the final round of competition at Cannes, however, was an accomplishment in itself.
The film, with an international cast, is a family drama in which the mother was a prize-winning war photographer before taking her own life. Trier is the first Norwegian director to be in the running for the Palme d’Or in 40 years, and his film was the only Nordic entry in the prestigious competition.