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Norway fest goes local

Poppe's latest pic closes Haugesund ceremony

Selecting Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s “Hawaii. Oslo” for its Aug. 26 closing ceremony, the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund will unspool four world premieres of local features in its 32nd edition, which runs Aug. 20-27, as part of the city of Haugesund’s 150th anniversary.

The festival will be opened by actor/director Aksel Hennie’s first film, “Uno.” Trond Jacobsen’s feature debut, “Little Grey Fergie — The Secret on the Farm,” will launch the children’s film fest on Aug. 23. Torun Lian’s romantic comedy, “Selma & Andy,” will be screened at a royal command performance on Aug. 25, attended by King Harald and Queen Sonja.

The second part of Poppe’s Oslo trilogy after “Schpaa” (1998), “Hawaii. Oslo” tells five interwoven love stories, which occur in the Grunerlokka neighborhood of Oslo during the hottest day of the year. The Paradox Film production will be domestically released by Scanbox Entertainment.

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