One thing that's cool about a film festival set deep in the heart of Texas is the universal love shown to international filmmakers. Fantastic Fest 2010, again held in Austin, Texas, is one such case. And this year Norway seems to be sucking up the spotlight. Care to see what Norwegian genre titles are being showcased at this year's Fantastic Fest? Let's do this...
In a gala that kicked-off September 16th - here's a list of what we can look forward to from the land of fjords:
FATSO (2008) US Premiere Director: Arild Fröhlich - Graphic novelist Rino Hanssen's quiet life (watching porn, drawing and occasionally violating honeydew melons) gets upended when his father surprises him with a nubile, free-spirited and devastatingly beautiful flatmate.
NORWEGIAN NINJA (2010) World Premiere Director: Thomas Cappelen Malling - Norway Norwegian Ninja is the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. In 1983 the Ninja Force discovers that the Shadow Government, who take charge in times of war and emergency, are planning a coup-d'état in peacetime. Treholt and the ninjas see only one solution: a full can of whoop-ass!
A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN (2010) US Premiere Director: Hans Petter Moland - Ulrik is a somewhat gentle man. He has no special wishes and makes no demands. He does not give too much thought to what he does either. If he’s given some food and a place to sleep, he will give people what they want in return. Whether this be a little affection or a killing. Ulrik has killed some people and crippled a few. It’s all part of the job when you’re a gangster.
And last but not least Fantastic Fest attendees area also invited to the Norwegian Viking Boat Party! Norwegian Viking Boat Party On Wednesday, September 29, festival attendees are invited to join the Norwegians on a Viking cruise on Ladybird Lake, where we will enjoy smoked fish and meatballs; drink lots of Norwegian beer and akevitt; and dance the night away to the pop disco sounds of Norway. We'll probably play a couple different versions of Aha's Take On Me before the night is done. Every attendee will receive a Viking helmet and Norse warrior attire is highly recommended. This party will be fit for a king, a Viking! The 2010 Fantastic Fest Norwegian Spotlight is presented by the Norwegian Film Institute and Twitchfilm.net.
Don't know how you can beat a drunken Viking boat party...that shite sounds too rad!
Visit the Fantastic Fest Site to learn more about which international flicks will be on display.