A brief history of Norwegian cinema. Edward Munch's exhibition to coincide with a film programme

A brief history of Norwegian cinema. Edward Munch's exhibition to coincide with a film programme
Screenshot from 'The 12th Man' directed by Harald Zwart. 2017
The programme includes more than 20 films shot in Norway between 1910 and 2017.

The Tretyakov Gallery starts film screening as part of Edvard Munch exhibition. The screening programme includes films shot in Norway from the early 20th century to the present day –more than 20 films in total to be shown at the Engineering Building of the Tretyakov Gallery from 15 May to 11 July.

The exhibition of the Norwegian expressionist comprises 70 paintings and 30 graphic works, as well as photographs and memorabilia from the Munch Museum in Oslo and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Roald Amundsen's South Pole Journey (1910–1912) and The Daughter of the Revolution (1918)

Date and time: 15 May 08:00 p.m.

This documentary short film tells about Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's South Pole legendary expedition. In June 1910, the schooner Fram sailed from Norway, and on 25 January 1912, Amundsen and his team returned to the main base with a triumph after a 99-day ski trip with dog sleds. The head of the expedition personally supervised the shooting during the expedition. Subsequently, he used these unique shots in his lecture tours.

Immediately after Roald Amundsen’s adventures, visitors will see a feature film about Norwegian steelworkers. The main theme of The Daughter of the Revolution by Ottar Gladtvet is a personal drama of worker Albert Fjell, unfolding amidst global changes in society. He falls in love with a daughter of a works director and has to save her from his own comrades who go on strike and kill their former employer.

The Fruits of the Earth (1921)

Date and time: 18 May, 02:00 p.m.

The Fruits of the Earth by the director and actor Gunnar Sommerfeld is a free-screen version of the same-name novel by Knut Hamsun. The first settlers, Isaac and Inger, build a new farm on the land, overcome difficulties together and always support each other. The story is set against the backdrop of magnificent Norwegian landscapes.

The Bridal Procession in Hardanger (1926)

Date and time: 24 May, 07:00 p.m.

At the height of the mass migration from Norway, Marit Shelte is going to move to America. But at the last moment, the girl decides to stay to be with Anders Bjellan, the man she loves. They get engaged, but soon Anders leaves for several years and meets another girl. Many years later, fate will again bring Marit and Anders together.

The Big Christening (1931)

Date and time: 31 May, 07:00 p.m.

Frame from The Big Christening directed by Tancred Ibsen. 1931

The Great Big Christening directed by Tancred Ibsen was the first Norwegian sound film. Folk comedy about lovers Alvilde and Harald, who have a child born out of wedlock, enjoyed great success with the audience. The film is based on the play of Oscar Braaten.

Bastard (1940)

Date and time: 1 June, 02:00 p.m.

The Swedish-Norwegian Bastard tells a story of a hunter Amgan and his son Burtai. Before his death, the father reveals to his son the secret that his mother is not of their origin, but comes from the peasants. Amgan urges Burtai to kill the peasant in himself and become a great hunter. Film directors: Helge Lunde and Gesta Stevens.

Kon-Tiki (1950)

Date and time: 7 June, 07:00 p.m.

Frame from Kon-Tiki directed by Thor Heyerdahl. 1950

Another Swedish-Norwegian film. The great Norwegian traveller Thor Heyerdahl became famous for crossing the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. Then he shot a documentary about his voyage that was awarded an Oscar making the famous traveller a famous director as well.

Lake of the Dead (Dead Lake) (1958)

Date and time: 12 June, 07:00 p.m.

Five friends go from Oslo to an old friend who lives in a house deep in the forest. But it turns out that he disappeared, and his body is found on the shore of the lake.

Kore Bergstrom shot an exciting thriller that keeps the viewer in suspense. But there is a place in this film for humour.

Hunger (1966)

Date and time: 14 June, 07:00 p.m.

The screen version of the first novel by Knut Hamsun about the unfortunate writer who cannot earn a living, starving, in the truest sense of the word, and wandering around Oslo in search of food, shocking others with his behaviour. The young man tries to get a job at a fire department or as a bookkeeper to no avail, writes articles for newspapers, but the money he gets for them is enough for a few days only.

Just a life -the story of Fridtjof Nansen

Date and time: 15 June, 02:00 p.m.

Fridtjof Nansen is a well-known polar researcher, scientist, philanthropist, Nobel Peace Prize winner. The Soviet-Norwegian film tells about three episodes of Nansen’s life: the North Pole expedition, diplomatic activities in the League of Nations, and a mission to rescue the starving Volga region. Directed by Sergei Mikaelyan.

The Olsen Gang (1969)

Date and time: 19 June, 07:00 p.m.

While in prison, the leader of the gang of thieves Egon Olsen comes up with a plan for the perfect crime. His goal - a precious gold statuette, once belonged to the German emperor, which is to be exhibited in Oslo.

The Inheritance (1979)

Date and time: 21 June, 07:00 p.m.

A successful entrepreneur dies a childless widower. Relatives come together to divide the inheritance. However, things are not so simple. To get it, they will have to meet certain conditions.

In 1979, the film Inheritance participated in the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival and received Ecumenical (Christian) Jury Prize.

Under the Stone Sky (1974)

Date and time: 22 June, 02:00 p.m.

Frame from Under the Stone Sky directed by Igor Maslennikov, Knut Andersen. 1974

In the autumn of 1944, contrary to the order of the Hitlerite command to evacuate to the south, the inhabitants of the Norwegian town of Kirkenes took refuge in an abandoned mine. The command of the Red Army becomes aware of the Nazis intentions to blow up the old adits of the city. Soviet soldiers manage to prevent tragedy.

The film was shot by Soviet and Norwegian directors - Igor Maslennikov, known to Russian viewers in regards to the films about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and Knut Andersen. The lead was performed by Yevgeny Leonov.

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

Date and time: 23 June, 02:00 p.m.

Frame from The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix directed by Ivo Caprino. 1975

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix ” is an exciting animated film by Norwegian director Ivo Caprino. Inventor Theodore Rimspoke learns that his former assistant Rudolf Gore-Slimey became the motor racing champion only thanks to a car constructed on the basis of Theodore’s invention, and decides to restore justice.

Pathfinder (1987)

Date and time: 26 June, 02:00 p.m.

Time – 11th century, place - Lapland. Sami teenager Aigin becomes a witness of how Chud nomads kill his entire family. They take Aigin captive and make him show them the way to the Sami camp on the coast. The boy leads them through the mountains and comes up with a plan for revenge ...

And Trees Grow on Stones (1985)

Date and time: 29 June, 02:00 p.m.

Frame from And Trees Grow on Stones directed by Stanislav Rostotsky, Knut Andersen. 1985

Another film about a young man who was captured. This time - to the Vikings. The guy gets the name Einar the Happy for courage and bravery, which starts a new period in his life, full of adventure. But Einar’s sole desire is to return home.

The film was shot by Soviet and Norwegian directors Stanislav Rostotsky and Knut Andersen. The leading actors: Alexander Timoshkin and Petronella Barker.

Eggs (1995)

Date and time: 3 July, 07:00 p.m.

Brent Hamer’s film participated in the Moscow International Film Festival in 1995. According to the plot, two elderly brothers live in a remote Norwegian village - Mu and Father. Their monotonous life changes with the advent of Conrad, a son of one of the brothers. There is no more peace and understanding between the brothers.

Hamsun (1996)

Date and time: 4 July, 08:00 p.m.

Frame from Hamsun directed by Jan Truel. 1996

This is a story of the famous Norwegian writer Nobel laureate Knut Hamsun, who is considered one of the most mysterious figures of the 20th century, and his wife Marie, a woman who sacrificed everything to be with her loved one. The part of Hamsun is played Swedish actor Max von Sydow, known for his works in films by Ingmar Bergman. The film was shot by Jan Truel.

North (2009)

Date and time: 5 July, 07:00 p.m.

Frame from the North directed by Rune Denstad Langlo. 2009

In the comedy road movie director Rune Denstad Langlo tells a story of former professional skier Jomar. The athlete survives a nervous breakdown and shrank into himself. But one day Jomar learns that he might have a son. He decides to go on a perilous journey to the north to visit his ex-girlfriend and look at the child. The film won the FIPRESCI prize in the Panorama program at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Reprise (2006)

Date and time: 6 July, 07:00 p.m.

Reprise characters Eric and Phillip are young and ambitious. They both want to become writers, but publishers refuse Eric, while Phillip's manuscript is rated very high. The young author becomes the main event on the Norwegian cultural scene in an instant, but he falls ill and finds himself in a psychiatric clinic.

Director - Joachim Trier.

The King’s Choice (2016)

Date and time: 10 July, 07:00 p.m.

Frame from  the King’s Choice directed by Eric Poppe. 2016

This military drama tell anout the events of the three tense days of April 1940. German invaders issue a hard ultimatum to the Norwegian king: capitulation or death. The royal family is forced to flee, its members decide to split up, not knowing if they will ever see each other again.

Detailed film screening programme