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One of Scandinavia’s best-known directors, Bent Hamer sat with Variety to discuss his latest film, “1001 Grams,” Norway’s foreign-language Oscar candidate, and his English-language debut project, “The Middleman.” “1001 Grams,” a subtle and contemplative Paris-set film, shares the philosophical bent and, to a lesser extent, the satirical humor of his 2003’s critically-acclaimed “Kitchen Stories.” While “Stories” turned on a scientist whose job is to observe single men’s kitchen habits, “1001 Grams” follows Marie (played by Norwegian Shooting Star Ane Dahl Torp), a young scientist who travels to Paris for a seminar on the actual weight of a kilo and unexpectdely falls in love. As “Kitchen Stories” did in 2003, “1001 Grams” is competing for a foreign-language Oscar nomination and has garnered warm reviews throughout its solid festival run, which kicked off at Toronto. “1001 Grams” marks Hamer’s first film in four years, following his more mainstream pic, “Home for Christmas.” Les Films du Losange »
- Elsa Keslassy
The sly deadpan humor that audiences have come to expect from Bent Hamer, most recently on display in his 2010 comedy, “Home for Christmas,” is comparatively absent from “1001 Grams,” a gentle and melancholy portrait of a Scandinavian scientist’s gradual emotional awakening. Slender, delicate and filled with scarcely enough narrative incident to furnish an anecdote, this likable, low-key effort is nonetheless quietly moving and exquisitely made, suffused with a depth of feeling that belies its minimalist construction. Although selected to represent Norway in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race, the film seems unlikely to amass a following outside the writer-director’s fanbase.
In his 2003 hit, “Kitchen Stories,” Hamer turned a straight-faced parody of scientific objectivity and rigor into a warm celebration of friendship and individuality. In “1001 Grams,” he delves into the chilly emotional life of Marie (Ane Dahl Torp), one of the designated keepers of the national kilogram prototype — a circular lump of metal (90% platinum, »
- Justin Chang
1001 Grams, 2014.
Directed by Bent Hamer.
A recently divorced, work-obsessed lab technician finds herself encountering a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in Paris.
While working in a profession where measurements need to be precise, Marie has to deal with her personal life unravelling; her ex-husband keeps on returning to take items from their former house together and worse of all is the death of her beloved father. An international gathering of scientists involving creating prototypes that weigh exactly a kilogram sets into motion the opportunity for the depressed Norwegian to regain a sense of balance in her life.
Plot is not necessary a major element in play but rather a series of incidents which are carefully composed and crafted. »
- Trevor Hogg
Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” is set to represent Norway in the foreign)language Academy Awards’ race.
Pic will play in the Masters sidebar at the Toronto film fest.
“1001 Grams stands out with a clear international profile – in Hamer’s unique way it depicts sorrow, love and the small and big challenges of life,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Norwegian Oscar Committee and runs the Norwegian Film Institute. “It is a compelling addition to Hamer’s impressive filmography that has previously represented Norway internationally.”
Pic marks Hamer’s third submission for the Oscars, following “Kitchen Stories” (“Salmer fra kjøkkenet) in 2003 and “O’Horten” in 2007.
Sold by Paris-based Les Films du Losange, “1001 Grams” stars Ane Dahl-Torp as a recently divorced, work-obsessed woman scientist in her late 30s, who travels to Paris to attend a seminar about the actual weight of the kilogram. While there, she falls in love with a French colleague. »
- Elsa Keslassy
He might not be as recognized as someone like Aki Kaurismaki, but Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer has carved out his own similarly distinctive niche, thanks to offbeat comedies like "Kitchen Stories" and "O'Horten." Now he's back with "1001 Grams," which will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the first trailer dropped today. Starring Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker, Stein Winge, Hildegun Riise, Per Christian Ellefsen, Peter Hudson, Dinara Droukarova, Christian Erickson, Didier Flamand and Magne Håvard Brekke, the movie's milieu is set in an absurdly specific area of science. Here's the official synopsis: "When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and love that ends up on the scale." There's no U.S. distributor for this one yet. Watch the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Documentaries will have a significant presence at 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. “I’m thrilled that a 25th anniversary screening is being held at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered and was awarded the Festival’s major prize, the People’s Choice Award,” stated Michael Moore who will be attending the event. “The fact that Roger & Me is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago is a travesty. Actually, it’s more than that. At least in 1989, there were still 50,000 General Motors jobs left in Flint. Today, there are but 4,000 Gm jobs that remain in Flint, the birthplace of General Motors.”
Tiff will be showcasing new documentaries by Nick Broomfield, Ethan Hawke, The Yes Men, Joshua Oppenheimer, Frederick Wiseman, Jonathan Nossiter plus the debut efforts of Marah Strauch and Tamara Erde. “This year’s selection is heavily populated with rebels, resisters and risk-takers,” remarked Tiff Docs programmer Thom Powers. »
- Trevor Hogg
Along with today's Vanguard, Midnight, and Docs announcements, the Toronto International Film Festival also dropped word on their Masters program for the 2014 fest that kicks off September 4. There are some Twitch faves on the nine-film list. We'll get right to it with the full lineup. 1001 Grams Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and love that ends up on the scale. Starring Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker and Stein Winge. World Premiere A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany Like a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza,...
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The Masters section is always a Croisette and Lido heavy selection and this year is no different. From Cannes we have Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D (which is a top of the charts item according to our Blake Williams) Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan (which our Nicholas Bell thinks is near perfection and calls “cinematic sublimity with this multilayered and operatic exploration of the crushing corruption of an unchecked regime” and Abderrahmane Sissakos’ Timbuktu. On tap directly from Venice we might have the retirement films from Roy Andersson (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) and Ann Hui (The Golden Era), with some South Korean representation from Hong Sang-soo in Hill of Freedom and Revivre from Im Kwon-taek, but the worthy mentions are the nabbed world premiere status items from the always fascinating, taste dispenser and wide-ranging filmography in Michael Winterbottom & the always wry and humorous latest »
- Eric Lavallee
★★★☆☆Like a sanitised French take on David Cronenberg's superb gynaecologist drama Dead Ringers (1988) but with all the psychosexual undertones stripped away, Miss and the Doctors (2013) isn't afraid to keep its story small. Its sibling doctors - though not twins this time around - do indeed fall for the same woman, but it's a love triangle that never comes to true fruition. The second feature from Parisian Axelle Ropert (her previous being 2009's The Wolberg Family), and starring Cédric Kahn, Laurent Stocker and Louise Bourgoin, this is a quiet but largely successful middle-class drama, as relationships both inside and outside of the brothers' surgery fluidly intermingle beyond their control. »
- CineVue UK
It wasn’t too long ago that we were presented with a drama to come out of France focusing on the relationship between a labouring doctor and an emotionally volatile patient, in Philippe Claudel’s Before the Winter Chill. Now, Axelle Ropert’s sophomore feature film Miss and the Doctors delves into similar territory, and though bearing a somewhat less celebrated cast and crew, is the more accomplished piece; nuanced, less ambiguous – and all the better for it.
Brothers Boris (Cédric Kahn) and Dmitri (Laurent Stocker) are two doctors almost tied at the hip, working together in unison as popular paediatricians. A regular patient of theirs is the young Alice (Paula Denis), who suffers from diabetes – however it’s her mother Judith (Louise Bourgoin) they soon start visiting, as both doctors fall desperately in love with the single parent. While Judith’s affections seem to lie more with Boris over the hapless Dmitri, »
- Stefan Pape
The doctors of Axelle Ropert’s “Miss and the Doctors” are a pair of bachelor physicians who immerse themselves in their family practice at the expense of just about anything else. But that all changes when a radiant single mother tumbles into their lives and stokes their dormant passions. There isn’t much more than that to Ropert’s sophomore directing effort (after 2009’s “The Wolberg Family”), and yet this modest, warmly enveloping film is so rich in recognizably human characters and the lyricism of everyday life that it never seems to be missing anything. A natural for Francophile fests and new-director showcases, this charming sleeper (which opened in France last fall) also merits the attention of discerning offshore arthouse distribs.
Ropert, who is one of the young, independent French filmmakers loosely allied with the actor-director Serge Bozon (and who wrote Bozon’s films “Tip Top” and “La France”), has tremendous gifts of observation, »
- Scott Foundas
Louise Bourgoin as Judith in Miss And The Doctors Miss And The Doctors director Axelle Ropert: "I love films that have goodness, tenderness and a dream-like quality." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Axelle Ropert's arresting Miss And The Doctors (Tirez La Langue, Mademoiselle) stars Louise Bourgoin, Cédric Kahn, and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. The cinematographer is Céline Bozon, the sister of Serge Bozon, who plays Charles and is the director of Tip Top, co-written by Ropert.
During New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Ropert and I discussed costumes of Jacques Demy, the influence of Garry Marshall's Frankie And Johnny, the tenderness of Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino, where some of the depictions by Martin Scorsese and his Wolf Of Wall Street lack nobility, and the street where we live(d).
In the film, the 13th arrondissement of Paris, undeservedly ignored by cinema, is the slightly enchanted »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Director: Bent Hamer
Writer: Bent Hamer
Producer: Bulbul Films’ Bent Hamer
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
A multi-character holiday film, Home For Christmas was the last we saw from Norwegian director Bent Hamer. His latest, which he has also written, sounds like a return to his sharply observed character studies a la 2007′s O’Horton.
Gist: When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.
Release Date: Affixed with a December 24th release in France, Hamer’s 2007 film, O’Horton, played in Un Certain Regard, and we’re thinking his latest has a possibility of playing there again.
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- Nicholas Bell
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