Norway’s ‘Train’ hits the world screen

Influential Asphaug's latest a psychological drama

COPENHAGEN — Norwegian director Martin Asphaug’s bigscreen comeback will be “Train in a Bottle,” an erotic thriller-comedy produced by new Norwegian shingle Dinamo Story and distribbed domestically by Columbia TriStar Nordisk Film.

Asphaug’s “A Handful of Time” began the renaissance of Norwegian cinema in 1989. He made “Svampe” the following year and has been working in television since.

“Svampe” director Petter Borgli persuaded him to return to cinema. “We have been working on this for a long time,” said Borgli, who merged his Nordic Screen into Dinamo Story, which is finishing Hans Petter Moland’s “The Beautiful Country” with U.S. producer Terrence Malick.

Scripted by Eirik Ildahl, “Train in a Bottle” is the story of a young man who becomes disabled in a car accident and is forced to live with his psychopathic father.

The $2.1 million feature is one of seven given state support by the Norwegian Film Fund last week, continuing the boost for local production.The team behind local sleeper hit “Mongoland” returns with “Monster Thursday,” about a man who leaves for Australia with his surfboard, as his childhood sweetheart marries his best friend. Arild Ostin Ommundsen directs the $1.7 million Muz Film production.

“All for Egil,” a $1.7 million musical about a pizza boy who falls in love with a girl in a coma, will be Tore Rygh’s feature film debut.

A first feature written and directed by Khalid Hussain, the $2.4 million comedy “Import-Export” concerns a Norwegian who falls in love with a Pakistani girl.

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