Norway, France, Denmark, Sweden; 2017; 116 min; Norwegian language with Slovenian subtitles
Saturday, July 14 at 13.00h CULTURE HOUSE CINEMA
Directed by: Joachim Trier
Written by: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematography by: Jakob Ihre
Music by: Ola Fløttum
Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Grethe Eltervåg, Marte Magnusdotter Solem
Produced by: Thomas Robsahm
Production Companies: Motlys, Eurimages, Le Pacte, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, Norwegian Film Institute, Snowglobe Films
Thelma, a devout Christian who grew up under the tight supervision of her strict parents, is a biology freshman at the Oslo University. She has never been away from her home before and in her new surroundings begins to feel more and more attracted to Anja, a fellow student at the Faculty. Being torn apart due to her religious upbringing and the urges she has never felt before, she starts displaying wild psychosomatic symptoms which in turn awaken mysterious, long forgotten powers in her.
This extraordinary mixture of drama, supernatural thriller and pure horror reminds us of the story of Carrie, which was also about the repressed sexual urges which awaken the hidden paranormal abilities, with destructive consequences. But that was Stephen King, and this is Nordic horror at its best. A violent fairy tale about growing up which is definitely not for children. Winner of Melies d'or award for best European fantastic feature film.