Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier (Norway, 2012, 95 min.). In one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie) is on the verge of successfully completing treatment at a drug rehab in the countryside. As part of the program, he is allowed to go into Oslo for a job interview but instead uses the opportunity to revisit friends and old haunts. At the age of 34, Anders is smart, handsome and from a good family, but deeply haunted by all the opportunities he’s wasted and all the people he’s let down. For the remainder of the day and long into the night, he will wrestle with the chance of love, the possibility of a new life, and the hope of a different future by the time morning arrives. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Oslo, August 31st is Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s second feature film. He made his feature debut with Reprise, which received numerous international awards, including Best Director at Karlovy Vary and the Discovery Award at Toronto. Joachim was also named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch at Sundance.