Kosmorama is Trondheim’s annual film festival, coming up on March 8-13. I sat down with Silje Engeness, the director of Kosomorama, to talk about new films, the classics, and Trondheim’s changing art scene.
There are so many incredible films in the program this year. Which films are you excited about? I’m excited for all of them. Making a festival program is kind of like having children: you shouldn’t have any favorites, but at the same time, the films have different personalities. I’m looking forward to our opening film, Carol—with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The way they show New York in 1952 reminds me of Mad Men. I’m also very excited to show a film called Idol about a guy from Gaza who won Arab Idol in 2012, so it’s based on a true story. It’s really a film about conquering fears to succeed, even with bad odds. It’s about as close as you can get to a feel-good movie in Gaza. Of course, you can see from the film that it’s not a very easy place to grow up, but it shows that people have hopes and dreams everywhere, and that good things can happen all over the world. I also think it’s especially important these days to see movies where people from different places have dreams in common. In my opinion, it has become an even more important movie now than the first time I saw it and chose it for the festival. You’re showing some classics like Fargo, Singin’ in the Rain, Ziggy Stardust, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Yes! And it’s exciting that we are collaborating with TEKS: Trondheim Elektroniske Kunstsenter, who have managed to invite Douglas Trumbull. He was on the set for 2001, and he will also give a talk when we present the film.
” It’s part of the charm of film festivals to choose some light films, some darker films, some films that provoke you, some films that make you think.
What’s the film festival crowd like? People who go to film festivals are the original binge-watchers. I think if you’re interested in seeing more than a film a day, you’re the kind of person who is a bit more curious. It’s part of the charm of film festivals to choose some light films, some darker films, some films that provoke you, some films that make you think, and hopefully we can give people films that appeal to them with their heart, head, and stomach. You should feel it with all your senses.
director, on April 5th. Also, after Kosmorama, we present some films in schools outside of Trondheim. If they can’t come here, we take it there.
Do you have a particularly good Kosmorama memory? Quite a few! Last year we showed Kvinner I for store Herreskjorter. This film is the first film in modern times that’s made in Trondheim. When I watched that movie with all the people in the auditorium and we saw the pictures from our own city… that’s how watching a movie should feel. It was warm, and it reminds you that it’s more fun to watch a film at the cinema with a lot of people than watching it alone. We say, “film er best på kino”.
Welcome to Norway looks really funny! They made it in Storlien and sometimes we joke that that’s in East Trøndelag. The director, Rune Langlo is from Trondheim, so we kind of feel like that’s a Trondheim movie, and it’s a good one. It will have English subtitles so everyone should see it. We are also very excited that on Wednesday, we’ll be giving out a prize this year to someone who is sustaining a significant effort to the film scene in Trøndelag. We hope it will give inspiration so that within a few years, the next feature film from Trondheim will also be produced by someone here in Trondheim. The people that work here manage to get involve in big international projects, and I think that makes Trondheim feel bigger. That’s why we love The List. Trondheim is more fun these days because it has become more diverse than it was 20 years ago.
What does Kosmorama do during rest of the year? Kosmorama is obviously the biggest event we have, but we also do other events throughout the year. One of them is Olavsfestdagene at Olavs Kino (July 27-August 6). We will show ten films during that festival, and lots of people travel to see it because it’s in the middle of the summer. One of the films we will present at Olavsfestdagene is This Changes Everything based on a book by Naomi Klein. She wrote No Logo a few years ago, and she’s a guru in the green movement. We’ll also be hosting an event with Liv Ullman, Norwegian actress and
If I want to see a locally produced movie, what movie should I see? You could see Welcome to Norway, a Norwegian movie with english subtitles. The director is actually from Lian in Trondheim and will be there during its screening. It was filmed at a hotel in Ånn (between Åre and the Norwegian border to Trøndelag).
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