2 items from 2010
As anybody who is a regular reader of this site can tell you there are a handful of actors around the world whose careers I follow with particular intensity. It's not just because they're talented, though they certainly are. It's because they also have a nose for talent and a remarkable ability to attach themselves to strong scripts and strong directors as well. Ananda Everingham is one of these guys. Tadanobu Asano was for years, though he's slowed now. Nikolaj Lie Kaas is another. And in Norway, there's Aksel Hennie.
Hennie first came to my attention as the writer-director-star of gritty drama Uno, after which I found him in Hawaii, Oslo and was pretty much hooked. Hennie's a picky one, very selective with his projects, and I would imagine that would be even more the case than normal after the massive international success of Max Manus, in which he played the lead. »
It's the curse of the film market. After four solid days of seeing not a single film that I truly loved at the European Film Market - a discouraging experience when you're packing in four or five screenings a day - day five finally brought success with the market screening of official selection A Somewhat Gentle Man. A deliciously black comedy starring Stellan Skarsgard as a man freshly released from prison, this one took mere moments to cast its spell and, finally, I had found a film worthy of loving. And, the fates being cruel indeed, I had to leave half an hour early to take an important meeting. Sigh.
From Norway's Paradox production house - consistent purveyors of quality - and with a cast so strong it can afford to tuck Uno's Aksel Hennie away in a bit part, this is the sort of dark absurdism that would do the Coen Brothers proud. »
2 items from 2010
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