Oslo, August 31st: From Cannes Fest to Sundance

Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st (Oslo, 31. august) is the only Nordic film which has been selected for the new Spotlight programme – of “films we love” – at the Sundance International Film Festival, which takes place in Park City-Salt Lake City between 19-29 January.

One of the most important showcases of independent cinema, it was founded by US actor-director Robert Redford, who is still the president of Sundance Institute.


Trier is the first Norwegian filmmaker with two appearances at Sundance, after his feature debut, Reprise, was screening in 2007. Last year Norwegian director Anne Sewitsky’s Happy, Happy received the festival’s Jury Grand Prix.


Most recently awarded to top prizes – including the 7.3-kilo Bronze Horse for Best Film – at the Stockholm International Film Festival, Oslo, August 31st was launched in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.


At the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund the Motlys production starring Anders Danielsen received the Critics’ Award; already screening at 12 international showcases from Reykjavik to Sao Paulo, it was one of the five nominees for the Nordic Council Film Prize.


Exceeding 63,000 admissions domestically for Norsk Filmdistribusjon, Oslo, August 31st received MEDIA support to be released in 14 European countries, including the UK, France and the Benelux. Germany’s The Match Factory handles international sales.

Produced by Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Yngve Sæther and Sigve Endresen, and scripted by Eskil Vogt and Trier, the film is inspired by French author Pierre Drieu la Rochelle’s novel, The Fire Within (Le feu follet), and follows ”one man, in one city, for 24 hours.”