Troubled Water at the San Francisco International Film Festival

The Norwegian film Troubled Water (De usynlige) will be screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 4th, 6th and 7th.

Released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for the murder of a young child, Thomas returns to Oslo to arrange the scattered pieces of his life and pursue a quiet redemption. He finds employment as a church organist, settles into a small apartment and even manages an awkward but genuine courtship of Anna, the church pastor.  But a schoolteacher recognizes the organist as the convicted murderer of her child—suddenly the painful intersection of their two lives can no longer be shuttered away in the deep recesses of memory. While exploring vastly different terrain, each tale concerns the possibilities for forgiveness and atonement in a world colored by cruel chance and irreparable acts.

About the Director

Erik Poppe born in 1960 in Oslo and grew up in Norway and Portugal. Educated as a still photographer in Oslo in 1982 and worked actively as a pictorial journalist for the news agency Reuters, and the newspaper Verden Gang In Norway from 1983 until 1987, covering news, politics and sport worldwide. Educated as a cinematographer at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. 1987-1991. He has directed commercials, music-, short- and documentary films as well as being a cinematographer on several features during the period 1991 – 2003.

Troubled Water offers Poppe’s most assured vision yet, and its harrowing climax promises nothing short of hard-earned revelation. — Ilya Tobis


Landmark’s Clay Theatre: Mon, May 4th at 1:15PM

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas: Wed, May 6th at 6:45PM and Thur, May 7th at 8:00PM Info:

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