Joachim Trier

32ยบ Festival

International Competition

Length: 116min

Country: Norway Sweden France Denmark


D: Joachim Trier
G: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier
F: Jakob Ihre
E: Olivier Bugge Coutté
S: Gisle Tveito
P: Thomas Robsahm
CP: Motlys, Film i Väst, Le Pacte, Filmpool Nord,
Snowglobe, B-Reel Films, Dont Look Now
I: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen,
Henrik Rafaelsen


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Sexual awakening and adolescent liberation as a supernatural force capable of resulting in consequences that are as intense as they are devastating is not a new idea, as Brian De Palma has known well since Carrie. However, Joachim Trier brings these elements to a calm and stylized Nordic setting, constructing an idea of adolescent terror that is pure light and existential dread. We meet Thelma when she is just a child, in a remote Norwegian town, hunting with her father. When he briefly and secretly points his rifle at his daughter, we know that there is something, at the very least, very dangerous inside this girl. Now a university student, Thelma goes to Oslo distancing herself from a religiously repressive environment, and trying to acclimatize herself to a world to which she does not feel she belongs. However, one day she meets Anja, a warm and much more relaxed companion who awakens in Thelma emotions that the shy young woman does not dare to recognize, in part due to her religious upbringing and, in part, because deep down Thelma knows that they could be the trigger for dark and potentially deadly supernatural forces that, like love, can tear apart anyone.

Joachim Trier

He was born in Copenhagen in 1974 and studied Film there and in England. His films have been shown at various international festivals. Reprise (2006), his first film, won the award for Best Director at Karlovy Vary; Oslo, August 31st(2011) was part of the Un Certain Regard section, and Louder Than Bombs (2015) was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. 


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