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In the darkness of a peaceful village, a pyromaniac ignites his first fire. As more fires break out, the society panics. An inferno lurks under the surface as a local policeman uncovers the unthinkable truth: the pyromaniac is the village fireman.
A ruthless pyromaniac is on the loose in a southern village of Norway. They don't know he's no stranger, but one of them. We follow him. The son of the fire brigade chief's own son, in secret spreading fear. | Add synopsis »
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Lff 2016: Pyromaniac Review
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  (in credits order)

Trond Nilssen ... Dag (as Trond Hjort Nilssen)
Per Frisch ... Ingemann
Liv Bernhoft Osa ... Alma

Henrik Rafaelsen ... Lensmann Johansen
Oddgeir Thune ... Alfred

Agnes Kittelsen ... Elsa
Gerdi Schjelderup ... Johanna
Per Tofte ... Olav
Kari Onstad Winge ... Agnes
Kirsti Grundtvig ... Postsjef (as Kirsti Grundvig)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sondre Berget ... Torstein
Enok Enoksen ... Politimann
Jan ø. Fjeldal ... Politibetjent (as Jan Fjeldal)
Torgeir Fonnlid ... Sint Mann
Ronnie Hakkim ... Politibetjent
Amund Hestsveen ... Journalist
Geir Høie Ludvigsen ... Reporter (as Geir Høye Ludvigsen)
Ane Kirkeng Jørgensen ... Anne
Njål S. Kristiansen ... Politibetjent
Trym Arve Lund Gabrielsen ... Rolf
Steffen Mulder ... Stig
Geir Myre ... Kaddeberg
Arne Rafaelsen ... Johansens far
Patrik Stenseth ... Tommy
Johannes Timenes ... Brannvarsler
Dina Valberg ... Maria
Julius Winger ... Mann fra Kripos

Directed by
Erik Skjoldbjærg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bjørn Olaf Johannessen 

Produced by
Aage Aaberge .... producer
Anna Croneman .... co-producer
Edward A. Dreyer .... producer
Geir Henning Eikeland .... executive producer (as Geir Eikeland)
John Einar Hagen .... executive producer
Stig Hjerkinn Haug .... executive producer (as Stig Haug)
Arild Karlsen .... co-producer
Khalid Maimouni .... post production producer
Lars Leegaard Marøy .... co-producer
Simon Ofenloch .... associate producer
Gian-Piero Ringel .... co-producer
Bent Rognlien .... line producer
Sigrid Strohmann .... co-producer
Original Music by
Maja Ratkje (co-composer) (as Maja S.K. Ratkje)
Gaute Tønder 
Cinematography by
Gösta Reiland (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sverrir Kristjánsson 
Casting by
Celine Engebrigtsen 
Production Design by
Kristine Wilhelmsen 
Costume Design by
Anne Pedersen 
Makeup Department
Linda Boije af Gennäs .... makeup designer
Dimitra Drakopoulou .... key makeup artist
Caroline Halvorsen .... makeup assistant
Lise Petersen .... makeup assistant
Sølvi Strifeldt .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Karoline Fougner Bjerknes .... production coordinator
Stine Hoel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gjyljeta Berisha .... assistant director
Johan Henrik Stensen .... assistant director
Johan Henrik Stensen .... second assistant director
Jonas Viken Øby .... assistant director
Art Department
Jarle Furuborg .... property master
Fredrik Landmark .... prop assistant
Oystein Larsen .... construction coordinator (as Øystein Larsen)
David Lorych .... carpenter
Anders Lunde .... standby props
Paul Magnus Lundø .... set designer
Paul Magnus Lundø .... set dresser
Peter Lynnæs .... prop assistant
Ørjan Moen .... painter
Øyvind Nordheim .... construction manager
Lars Reiten .... prop assistant
Annette Solheim .... set dresser
Rafal Stachowiak .... carpenter
Andreas Tag .... carpenter
Mike Troxel .... standby carpenter
Sound Department
Tamás Bohács .... sound effects editor
Svenja Dielforter .... boom operator
Eirik Glamsland Mathisen .... sound recordist: second unit (as Eirik Mathisen)
Håkon Lammetun .... supervising sound editor
Frode Løes Hvatum .... dialogue editor
Anders Mørk .... sound effects editor
Mads Olsen .... sound mixer
Adrian Souyris Strumse .... sound effects editor
Rune van Deurs .... dialogue editor
Erik S. Watland .... foley artist (as Erik Watland)
Special Effects by
Hummer Højmark .... special effects
Oscar Højmark .... special effects
Anders Nylander Thomsen .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mats Andersen .... visual effects supervisor
Erik Ferguson .... digital compositor
Theodor Groeneboom .... visual effects supervisor
Jonas Haugen .... GFX-artist
Kjetil Haugen .... flame artist
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Samuel Karlsson .... digital compositor
Torben Traaseth .... GFX-artist (as Torben Falkanger Traaseth)
Anders Nylander Thomsen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniell Ashby .... drone pilot
Kim Bach .... digital imaging technician
Bjørn Berger .... grip
Karl Andre Bru .... lighting technician (as Karl André Bru)
Matthew Butler .... best boy
Ian Coffey .... camera operator
Virre Dahl .... still photographer
Markus A. Dreyer .... second assistant camera
Reuben Garrett .... gaffer
Andreas Grimsø .... camera manager (as Andreas Herzog Grimsø)
Emil Hall .... key grip
Michael Furu Hansen .... lighting technician
Fredrik Hillestad .... grip
Pål Morten Hverven .... low loader
Asbjørn Korntorp .... grip
Andreas Berg Nesse .... second assistant camera (as Andreas Nesse)
John Watters .... camera operator
Jørgen Werner .... lighting technician
Casting Department
Stina Bakken .... casting assistant (as Stina Katrine Bakken)
Tor Espen Vassbotn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Synne Reichelt Føreland .... set costumer
Sofie Rage Larsen .... set costumer
Ellen Kristine Usland .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Live Bonnevie .... post-production coordinator
Nina Boriri .... colorist: dailies
Kalle Doniselli Gulbrandsen .... trailer editor
Vincent Larsson .... digital intermediate supervisor
Felicia Semitjov .... additional conform editor
Torben Traaseth .... gfx artist
Location Management
Fredrik Jankowsky .... location manager
Paul Magnus Lundø .... locations scout
Music Department
Gisle Tveito .... music editor
Transportation Department
Reinert Kiil .... driver: special equipment
Patrik Niemi .... vehicle supervisor
Other crew
Sander Andersen .... stand-in: Dag
Gjyljeta Berisha .... script supervisor
Silje Dahl .... production assistant
Mie Marie Hummelvoll Bredesen .... production secretary
Jakob Leonard Loland Kolstad .... runner
Tobias Nome .... runner
Christian Vassbotn .... runner

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pyromaniac" - International (English title) (informal English title)
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98 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Slow Burn Thriller, 21 October 2016
Author: paul_a_salt from United Kingdom

Pyromaniac follows a young man as he quietly wreaks havoc in his small Norwegian town. We spend the entire film with Ingemann, observing his life and his destructive habits. However, Ingemann's motivations are enigmatic. We are left to reach our own conclusions as to why Ingemann enjoys his incendiary hobby.

We are given an insight into the character's frustration. He is the fireman's son but receives very little attention in the community. His school friends no longer engage with him and most of the adults struggle to remember his name. Few opportunities to interact are presented in the sparsely populated setting. But when a fire breaks out the community is drawn together. A crowd quickly gathers and everyone participates in extinguishing the fire and rescuing as much of the victims property as possible. Crucially Ingremann himself transforms. He becomes competent and confident as undertakes his duties. Ingremann seems to show genuine compassion for the victims of his predilection.

Actor Per Frisch delivers a wonderfully magnetic performance as Ingremann, managing to embody the awkwardness of the character as well as the menace. As his fires grow in scope he becomes more bold and frightening to behold, all the while maintaining pathos.

The fires in the film are alternately terrifying and incidental. Director Erik Skjoldbjærg films ignition like an action movie utilising slow motion and rich sound design to make the audience feel the destructive power. Yet often the resulting fire is framed in the background of scenes, recalling Tarkovsky's set piece barn fire in The Sacrifice. There is of course one notable exception in which an elderly couple escape the house, a scene that is as tense as it is impressive.

The effect is that the fire loses its dramatic allure once it has been lit and any civilians have safely evacuated. The sense of urgency and danger gives way to one of melancholia. The fire becomes a passive devourer that roars in the distance and seems unaffected by the communities attempts to extinguish it.

One of the more striking engaging aspects of the film is Ingremann's relationship with his mother. Quiet scenes of domesticity establish the gentle fondness between the two characters which becomes heart-breaking as Ingremann's actions strike closer and closer to home. Some of the most emotional scenes of the film come from this relationship.

Not everyone will be engaged by Pyromaniac. The pace is slow, the characters are understated and the sense of peril is deliberately undercut with dark humour. However for those able to appreciate such things, the film is a frightening and arresting experience.

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