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Thelma

A teenage girl taps into some long-dormant powers, in this chiller from Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st).

Warning: this film contains strobe lighting

Credits

Dir Joachim Trier
Prod Thomas Robsahm
Scr Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
With Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen
Norway-France-Denmark-Sweden
2017
116min
UK Distribution Thunderbird Releasing

Festival guests

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  • Joachim Trier, Director

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Acclaimed filmmaker Joachim Trier switches gear for this supernaturally-tinged tale of a young woman’s macabre coming of age. Known for his trio of astute human dramas (Reprise, Oslo, August 31st and Louder Than Bombs), a horror film might seem a bold departure for Trier. Yet this subtle shocker is every bit the kind of intricate character study we have come to expect from the filmmaker, with its genre stylings used to heighten the emotions rather than dictate them. Thelma is a young biology student living away from her strict family for the first time. While she attempts to enjoy her new-found independence, her parents’ influence remains palpable, thanks to regular phone calls in which they check up on their daughter’s every move. But Thelma’s life is turned upside down when she meets beautiful classmate Anja, whose presence appears to awaken long-dormant, supernatural powers within her. Calling to mind the melancholic frights of female-focused coming-of-age tales such as Carrie, Ginger Snaps or, more recently, Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Trier’s imaginative and beautifully realised film places the emotional journey of its heroine front and centre, resulting in an experience as deeply moving as it is slyly chilling.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Joachim Trier, Director

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.



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