Strong Norwegian film presence in Dhaka

Last updated: 14.01.2016 //

 Norwegian filmmakers and directors are well represented at the ongoing 14th Dhaka International Film festival. The festival has special tribute to renowned filmmaker and director Anja Breien and is showing eight of her most celebrated and important movies. (See below for when and where). 

With Anja Breien as the first among equals, five Norwegian filmmakers are visiting Bangladesh for the festival. Film made by Hilde Haug will also be screened in the festival. Other filmmakers from Norway participating at the festival are Nefise Lorentzen, Thomas Velvin and Elsa Kvamme. 

The festival has separate Nordic Film Session. The segment has been introduced in an attempt to familiarize the Bangladesh audience with Scandinavian films. This section is in collaboration with the Norwegian Internation Film Festival in Haugesund in Norway. The idea is to build bridges and create understanding. As it says in the festival program: “With with the hope that films will enlighten the audience about the culture, art and literature of Scandinavian countries creating bridge between people.”

Anja Breien made equality and female rights a hot-bottom issue in Norway and Scandinavia in the 1970’s with film trilogy “Wives” (Hustruer). The first film came in 1975, with follow ups after 10 and 20 years. Anja Breien is a Norwegian film director and screenwriter. She was born in July 12, 1940 ( age 75), Oslo, Norway. She was educated at the French Film school L’Institut des hautes études cinématographiques graduating in 1964, after first having studied french at the University of Oslo, as well as having had her start in the movie-business working as a script supervisor on Nils R. Müllers film Det Store Varpet in 1961. Anja Breien directed 14 films between 1969 and 2005. Her film Arven was entered into the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. She was awarded the Gina Krog Prize in 2010. 

Hilde Haug represents the another generation of Norwegian directors. Shis a social scientist and has worked with development aid for more than 20 years. Recently she studied directing of documentary film and is now working full time as a documentary filmmaker. ‘Mother’s Faith, My Destiny’ is her first professional documentary. In 2015 she finalized a documentary about Catholic nuns, ‘God cannot be googled’. She is now developing one film on childlessness and one on musically gifted children in Bangladesh.

Other Norwegian filmmakers will participate in workshops and discussions. Nefise Özkal Lorentzen  -a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and producer living in Oslo, is – will take part in 6th Dhaka Cine Workshopi. She received her B.A in Political Science at Bosphorus University in Istanbul and her M.A in Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. Because of her human rights activism through her films, she’s been named one of the TOP 10 immigrant role models in Norway. Nefise has received several awards and her films have premiered in several prestigious festivals. She is currently the main lecturer for documentary films at Nordland Art and Film School. She is striving to eliminate gender segregation and violence against women.

Elsa Kvamme presented the documentary “The vanishing act of Einar” at the festival and interviewed Anja Breien at the opening of the women´s filmconference. 

The Norwegian films at the Dhaka Film festival will be shown at the following times:

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Anja Brien. 
Photo: Norwegian Film Institute.Anja Brien. Photo: Norwegian Film Institute

Hilde Haug. 
Photo: 14th Dhaka International Film Festival.Hilde Haug. Photo: 14th Dhaka International Film Festival

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