Opening of 2007 Norwegian Film Festival in Singapore

The Norwegian Film Festival started on November 29 until December 5. Five exciting and award-winning Norwegian films were screened in the Europe theatre at GV VIVO CITY.
On the night of November 29, the festival kicked off with an opening reception at Roof-Garden Terrace, Great World. The room was packed with Nordic people and the new Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore Janne Julsrud was also at the reception, gracing her way getting acquaintance with everyone. The night went smoothly with delighted Norwegian hors d’oeuvre prepared by Norge along with many glasses of wine.
The opening film after the reception was the award-winning REPRISE by the director Joachim Trier who also attended the opening session. His film is a playful tale about friendship, madness and creativity, love and sorrow, great ambitions and the often unpleasant clash between youthful presumptions and reality.
“I believe dramaturgy can be experimental without alienating the audience,” explains the 32-year-old Norwegian-Danish helmer, who was raised in a cinematic family and as a teenager, he twice won top skateboarding prizes in Norway.
“I have made films since I was a kid. Like many other people I grew up with super 8 cameras. I made animations before I could write and did videos with my friends and stuff like that, but I didn’t understand that I could sort of try to make a living out of it,” says Trier who afterward attended the European Film College in Copenhagen.
*The Norwegian Film Festival in Singapore is a co-operation between The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Singapore Film Society and Golden Village*

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