Michael Moore salute Norwegian Cinema

Film director and film festival co-founder Michael Moore makes opening remarks at the opening night kick-off street party for the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival on July 28, 2009. Photo: Flickr

Film director and film festival co-founder Michael Moore makes opening remarks at the opening night kick-off street party for the 2009 Traverse City Film Festival on July 28, 2009. Photo: Flickr

The Traverse City Film Festival – a showcase in Michigan, USA, founded in 2005 by American documentary filmmaker Michael Moore – has this year programmed a ”Salute to Norway” with four Norwegian films, including the festival opener, Erik Poppe’s Troubled Water (De usynlige).

Moore is himself responsible for the selection of 60-90 domestic and international entries, picking ”just great films” – such as Troubled Water: ”Once in a rare while, a film is so beautifully made, so perfectly conceived and executed, that it fills you with joy just to behold it. Such is the case with this amazing film from director Erik Poppe,” he explained.

Besides Troubled Water, presented in Traverse City by Poppe, the festival running between 28 July-2 August will screen Bent Hamer’s O’Horten, Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow (Død snø) and Kajsa Næss’ short, Deconstruction Workers (Bygningsarbeidere).

Moore, who has won both an Oscar and a Golden Palm for his documentaries (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11), is himself born in Michigan where the population comprises many descendants of Norwegian immigrants. Last year the festival reached 80,000 admissions.

Source: Nfi.no

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