PYROMANEN

by Erik Skjoldbjærg
PYROMANIAC

Informations

Nation: Norway

Year: 2016

Length: 97'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

The year is 1981 and it is summer in the little village of Finsland. Dag is nineteen years old and has spent his childhood in the countryside living with his parent, Norways. His father is chief of the local volunteer fire brigade and Dag has, since he was a child, been going along with his father to the call-outs. Dag has recently returned after a year of military service and his parents notice that he has changed. Then the fires begin. Based on a true story. [rm]

Director

Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Erik Skjoldbjærg (Norway, 1964) graduated from the National Film and Television School in London in 1997 and after some shorts he made his feature film debut with Insomnia (1997). The film was selected for the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes and was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan. He made his international debut with Prozac Nation (2001), and has since directed several feature films and TV-dramas. His film Pioneer (2013) was selected by Toronto International Film Festival, and then he co-created with Karianne Lund and Jo Nesbø and partly directed the successful drama-series Occupied.

Filmography:
Vinterveien (cm, 1993), Close to Home (cm, 1994), Spor (cm, 1996), Insomnia (1997), Prozac Nation (2001), Skolen (serie tv/tv series, ep., 2004), En folkefiende (2005), Størst av alt (serie tv/tv series, ep., 2007), Nokas (2010), Pionér (Pioneer, 2013), Okkupert (Occupied, serie tv/tv series, ep., 2015), Pyromanen (Pyromaniac, 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Erik Skjoldbjærg
sceneggiatura/screenplay
dal romanzo/from the novel Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
soggetto/story
Before I Burn di/by Gaute Heivoll
fotografia/cinematography
Gösta Reiland
montaggio/film editing
Sverrir Kristjansson
costumi/costume design
Anne Pedersen
musica/music
Gaute Tønder, Maja Ratkje
suono/sound
Håkon Lammetun
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Trond Hjort Nilsen (Dag), Per Frisch (Ingeman), Liv Bernhoft Osa (Alma), Henrik Rafaelsen (Johansen)
produttori/producers
Edward A. Dreyer, Aage Aaberge
produzione/production
Glør Film AS


contatti/contacts
Norwegian Film Institute
Stine Oppegaard
stine.oppegaard@nfi.no
www.nfi.no

Director statement

“It’s too reductive to give one single to the answer ‘why Dag is doing it.’ There were a few things: he has a need to be seen, he has a streak of narcissism, he has this uneven bond with his father, and he feels excluded. […] We’ve had our recent history of terrorism [in Norway] and people doing things it’s hard to fathom. Each of us has a sense of knowing something about loneliness — on some level we’re alone. The remedy is social interaction, but this interaction doesn’t feel meaningful for some people.”

Synopsis Learn more

The year is 1981 and it is summer in the little village of Finsland. Dag is nineteen years old and has spent his childhood in the countryside living with his parent, Norways. His father is chief of the local volunteer fire brigade and Dag has, since he was a child, been going along with his father to the call-outs. Dag has recently returned after a year of military service and his parents notice that he has changed. Then the fires begin. Based on a true story. [rm]

Director All about direction

Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Erik Skjoldbjærg (Norway, 1964) graduated from the National Film and Television School in London in 1997 and after some shorts he made his feature film debut with Insomnia (1997). The film was selected for the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes and was remade in 2002 by Christopher Nolan. He made his international debut with Prozac Nation (2001), and has since directed several feature films and TV-dramas. His film Pioneer (2013) was selected by Toronto International Film Festival, and then he co-created with Karianne Lund and Jo Nesbø and partly directed the successful drama-series Occupied.

Filmography:
Vinterveien (cm, 1993), Close to Home (cm, 1994), Spor (cm, 1996), Insomnia (1997), Prozac Nation (2001), Skolen (serie tv/tv series, ep., 2004), En folkefiende (2005), Størst av alt (serie tv/tv series, ep., 2007), Nokas (2010), Pionér (Pioneer, 2013), Okkupert (Occupied, serie tv/tv series, ep., 2015), Pyromanen (Pyromaniac, 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Erik Skjoldbjærg
sceneggiatura/screenplay
dal romanzo/from the novel Bjørn Olaf Johannessen
soggetto/story
Before I Burn di/by Gaute Heivoll
fotografia/cinematography
Gösta Reiland
montaggio/film editing
Sverrir Kristjansson
costumi/costume design
Anne Pedersen
musica/music
Gaute Tønder, Maja Ratkje
suono/sound
Håkon Lammetun
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Trond Hjort Nilsen (Dag), Per Frisch (Ingeman), Liv Bernhoft Osa (Alma), Henrik Rafaelsen (Johansen)
produttori/producers
Edward A. Dreyer, Aage Aaberge
produzione/production
Glør Film AS


contatti/contacts
Norwegian Film Institute
Stine Oppegaard
stine.oppegaard@nfi.no
www.nfi.no

Director statement Read more

“It’s too reductive to give one single to the answer ‘why Dag is doing it.’ There were a few things: he has a need to be seen, he has a streak of narcissism, he has this uneven bond with his father, and he feels excluded. […] We’ve had our recent history of terrorism [in Norway] and people doing things it’s hard to fathom. Each of us has a sense of knowing something about loneliness — on some level we’re alone. The remedy is social interaction, but this interaction doesn’t feel meaningful for some people.”