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Berlin: Ole Giaever’s ‘Out of Nature’ Wins Europa Cinemas Award at Berlin Film Festival

LONDON — Norway’s “Out of Nature” has won the Europa Cinemas Label as best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival. Ole Giaever, who was recently selected by Variety as one of its “10 Europeans to Watch” (see link here), wrote and directed the film, and also took the lead role.

The award’s jury said in a statement: “With a wry Scandinavian sense of humor, ‘Out of Nature’ is a well-made and entertaining film about man’s contemporary anxieties and concerns — something of a universal theme today.”

Pic is set in a small Norwegian town at the end of a working week. Thirty-something Martin imagines the monotonous lives of strangers behind the windows of neighboring offices. Then he takes a look at himself. His stream of thought makes him begin to have doubts about his own life. Embarking on a journey inside his head, he feels the need to be alone in nature, so he packs a rucksack, and jogs into the mountains.

The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will receive a boost to its distribution with promotional support from the Europa Cinemas network, which reps independent theater owners in 42 countries. Pic will get a wider theatrical release thanks to a financial incentive for network theaters to include it in their program schedules.

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Pic is sold internationally by NDM International. Marte Vold was film’s co-director, and the producer was Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film. Giaever made his directorial debut with “The Mountain,” which played in Berlin’s Panorama section in 2011.

The award jury consisted of exhibitors from the Europa Cinemas network. They were Pedro Barbadillo (Cineciutat, Palma, Spain); Elsie Roose (Cinema Lumiere, Bruges, Belgium); Artem Ryzhkov (Kinoteatr Zarya, Kaliningrad, Russia); and Andrea Stosiek (Sputnik Kino, Berlin, Germany).

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