In Joachim Trier‘s chilling, slow-burn coming-of-age thriller Thelma, a young woman’s emotions begin to manifest themselves in supernatural ways. It’s an eerie, effective film that burns itself into your mind and lingers long after the credits have rolled. Now the Thelma opening scene has appeared online to give you a better idea of the film’s unsettling tone.
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Posted on Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Thelma is the story of a girl who moves away from home for the first time to attend college. And then she falls in love with another girl. And then she realizes that she has horrifying supernatural powers. And then things really go off the rails.
Norway’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy awards is many things: a gripping horror story, a queer romance, and a personal drama about realizing that your parents aren’t always right. Director Joachim Trier balances all of these plates, crafting one of 2017’s best movies.
I spoke with Trier over the phone about finding the humanity in a horror story, crafting memorable “bad” parents, and knowing how big is too big with a horror setpiece.
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Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it came as a big surprise — not just because Lex is typically portrayed as older (and balder), but also because a massively budgeted superhero flick seems so far outside of Eisenberg’s usual wheelhouse. You can rest assured, however, that Eisenberg isn’t ditching the quieter, artsier indies he built his early career on. Just a couple weeks after Batman v Superman hits theaters comes Louder Than Bombs, an intimate portrayal of grief and love by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.
Eisenberg plays Jonah, the adult son of a war photographer (played by Isabelle Huppert) who died two years earlier in a car crash. On the eve of a career retrospective honoring his mother’s work, Jonah returns home to his father (Gabriel Byrne) and teenage brother (Devin Druid). The three men continue to grapple with their loss and their fraught relationships with one another, while also dealing with the true circumstances surrounding her death. Watch the Louder Than Bombs trailer after the jump. Read More »
Joachim Trier‘s follow-up to the terrific Oslo, August 31st is Louder Than Bombs, which premiered at Cannes and will be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which sees Trier setting a story in the US rather than in Norway, features an impressive cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert, Devin Druid, Rachel Brosnahan, David Strathairn, and Amy Ryan, and follows a family which is dealing with the sudden death of its matriarch.
This Louder Than Bombs teaser is quiet, evocative, and rather beautiful, and it ends with a frightening and powerful shot. Read More »
About a month ago, Christopher Stipp featured the trailer for Oslo, August 31st in his The Week in Trailers column. But now that the film has been added to the Sundance 2012 slate I expect that a few more people will want to give it a look. So here’s a better quality version of the trailer Christopher posted; it outlines the story of Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie), an addict who has one day away from his rehab clinic to complete a job interview in Oslo and patch things up with friends in the city.
The film, which is the second from Joachim Trier, premiered at Cannes this year, but the Sundance appearance will probably give it a bump. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve already had the chance to ooh and ahh over most of the Sundance Film Festival 2012 slate earlier this month, but with weeks to go until the festival four latecomers have just been announced. There are a few last-minute additions every year; last year’s included Miranda July’s The Future, while 2010’s included Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right.
This year, we have the intriguingly titled sci-fi John Dies at the End; This Must Be the Place, starring Sean Penn as an aging rock star; Jesse Eisenberg and Melissa Leo‘s new comedy Predisposed; and the Norwegian drama Oslo, August 31st. Read the descriptions after the jump.
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