Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
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26-year-old rings ranges from drama to action thriller and ‘Bonnie and Clyde’-style heist tale

He doesn’t do things by half. At Sweden’s 2016 Göteborg Festival, 26-year-old Norwegian writer-director-producer Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken will present two works in progress at the Nordic Film Market, having already built up a strong festrival profile.

Dahlbakken’s 2012 “The Devil’s Ballroom” toured 11 international fest showcases to win, among others, best short at Palm Springs; his feature debut, “Returning Home” (2015), snagged the top prize at the Nordic Film Days in Germany’s Lübeck.  His latest short, “Thanks for Dancing,” plays in competition at France’s Clermont-Ferrand (Feb. 5.-13)- Of his new features – both works-in-progress in Göteborg – “Late Summer” will open in Norway on June 3, and “Cave” has been scheduled for Sept. 9. He will shoot a Super16 prologue and epilogue for “The Outlaws” in March.

“’Cave’ is probably my most ambitious project so far,” said Dahlsbakken, who is self-taught after at 19 he applied for the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, but was rejected. (”They said I was too young – and in retrospect I couldn’t agree more. I see my films as my film school – I learned from all the mistakes I made.”)

“It is an intense action thriller about a group of former military elite operatives who set out to explore an uncharted abyss, not knowing their worst nightmare is waiting for them deep beneath the ground. We will film everything on locations in Norway, except for some underwater scenes in Mexico – I think people will be utterly surprised when they see the result.”

Starring Bente Børsum, Rolf Kristian Larsen, Heidi Toini Øieren and Christian Bujeau, ”Late Summer” follows an elderly Norwegian woman, losing her battle with cancer, who seeks solitude in her remote home in the French countryside, where a young foreign couple on vacation suddenly intrudes on her isolated life.

Also – as his other features – scripted and produced for his own Hamar-based FilmBros shingle – and photographed by his younger brother, Oskar Dahlsbakken – “The Outlaws” is described as a “Bonnie and Clyde story with musical elements” based on a 1926 real-life event, about the hunt for two tramps, who killed two policemen after a failed train heist.

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