O’Horten (2008): Hamer’s Norwegian Film at Cannes Film Fest

April 24, 2008–“OHorten” is Bent Hamer’s fourth film to be shown as the Cannes Film Fest. The Norwegian directors fifth feature selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Film Fest, which runs May 14-25.

Norwegian director Bent Hamers “OHorten,” which was recently awarded the Norwegian Critics Prize–his third–will have its international premire at this years Cannes film festival, marking Hamers fourth appearance there.

Returning to Norwegian filmmaking after his U.S. feature, “Factotum” (2005), from Charles Bukowskis novel, Hamer follows the life of retired train driver Odd Horten, on a journey without printed timetables and stop-overs at well-known stations.

Both Factotum, “Kitchen Stories” (Salmer fra kjkkenet/2003) and his feature debut, “Eggs” (1995), which also dealt with old-age life of slightly-absurd characters, were launched in the Directors Fortnight in Cannes.

Baard Owe plays the lead in “OHorten,” which won four awards at the Trondheim International Film Festival.

Hamer is the only Norwegian director after Arne Skouen, who has had four films selected for the festival, which attracts 30,000 professionals, including 4,000 press members.