Films

Thelma

Thelma

Synopsis

Director

„Thelma“ begins as an homage to 1980s horror – from Brian De Palma to Stephen King, via a Bergmanesque critique of religious emotional castration, resulting in an almost transcendental reconstruction of an otherworldly reality.

Having grown up in a small coastal town, Thelma (Eili Harboe) moves to Oslo to study biology. She’s quite introverted, sensitive and conservative due to her family’s rigorous Christian background, so she doesn’t have any real friends at the university. While in the library, Thelma experiences a severe seizure; luckily, Anja (Kaya Wilkins) is next to her and comes to her aid immediately. After this experience, Thelma feels extremely attracted to Anja, despite the fact that it goes against her beliefs. A friendly relationship will blossom between them, although the closer they get, the more intense Thelma’s seizures become, and we are led to believe that they are probably related to her supernatural abilities.

„Thelma“ could be „easily“ summarised as a supernatural coming-of-age lesbian thriller, but thanks to Trier’s talent, it is more than a refined genre film. In his fourth consecutive collaboration with his co-writer, Eskil Vogt, they deliver something completely different from their previous works, which could only be comparable to Vogt’s directorial debut, „Blind“ (2014), where there is an equal blend of reality and fantasy.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Joachim Trier

(b. 1974) first attendend European Film College in Denmark and later went on to National Film and Television School Beaconsfield, England, where he graduated in 2000. He worked as a commercial director and was shortlisted for the Young Directors Award at the Cannes Commercials Festival in June 2004. Trier had his feature film debut in 2006 with „Reprise“ which has received a number of national awards, including the Amanda awards, as well as international recognition with prizes at international festivals such as Toronto, Istanbul, Rotterdam, Milano and Karlovy Vary. His features „Oslo, August 31st“ (2011), and „Louder Than Bombs“ (2015) have screened at the PÖFF. „Thelma“ is his fourth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Reprise (Kordus, 2006) and Oslo
  • August 31st (Oslo, 31. august, PÖFF 2011)
  • Louder Than Bombs (Pommidest valjem, PÖFF 2015)
  • Thelma (2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
20:15 - 22:11
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 020102
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20.11.2017
18:15 - 20:11
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 041003
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22.11.2017
20:45 - 22:41
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 062003
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark
Year: 2017
Duration: 116 minutes
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Trier
Producer: Thomas Robsahm
Writers: Eskil Vogt, Joachim Trier
DOP: Jakob Ihre
Montage: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Composer: Ola Fløttum
Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
Productions: Motlys, Film i Väst, Le Pacte
Distributor: Scanorama
Festivals: Toronto, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro, London, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

„Thelma“ begins as an homage to 1980s horror – from Brian De Palma to Stephen King, via a Bergmanesque critique of religious emotional castration, resulting in an almost transcendental reconstruction of an otherworldly reality.

Having grown up in a small coastal town, Thelma (Eili Harboe) moves to Oslo to study biology. She’s quite introverted, sensitive and conservative due to her family’s rigorous Christian background, so she doesn’t have any real friends at the university. While in the library, Thelma experiences a severe seizure; luckily, Anja (Kaya Wilkins) is next to her and comes to her aid immediately. After this experience, Thelma feels extremely attracted to Anja, despite the fact that it goes against her beliefs. A friendly relationship will blossom between them, although the closer they get, the more intense Thelma’s seizures become, and we are led to believe that they are probably related to her supernatural abilities.

„Thelma“ could be „easily“ summarised as a supernatural coming-of-age lesbian thriller, but thanks to Trier’s talent, it is more than a refined genre film. In his fourth consecutive collaboration with his co-writer, Eskil Vogt, they deliver something completely different from their previous works, which could only be comparable to Vogt’s directorial debut, „Blind“ (2014), where there is an equal blend of reality and fantasy.

Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa.org

Joachim Trier

(b. 1974) first attendend European Film College in Denmark and later went on to National Film and Television School Beaconsfield, England, where he graduated in 2000. He worked as a commercial director and was shortlisted for the Young Directors Award at the Cannes Commercials Festival in June 2004. Trier had his feature film debut in 2006 with „Reprise“ which has received a number of national awards, including the Amanda awards, as well as international recognition with prizes at international festivals such as Toronto, Istanbul, Rotterdam, Milano and Karlovy Vary. His features „Oslo, August 31st“ (2011), and „Louder Than Bombs“ (2015) have screened at the PÖFF. „Thelma“ is his fourth full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Reprise (Kordus, 2006) and Oslo
  • August 31st (Oslo, 31. august, PÖFF 2011)
  • Louder Than Bombs (Pommidest valjem, PÖFF 2015)
  • Thelma (2017)