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Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter

Original Title: Trolljegeren
Director: André Øvredal
Norway | Norwegian
2010 | 103min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: 35mm
12+
And you thought trolls only existed in fairy tales. A trio of gutsy film students tags along with a hard-bitten hunter named Hans in the hopes of making an investigative documentary on bear poaching, but as they pile into his tricked-out Jeep and begin their adventure, the students quickly learn that Hans is tracking a different prey: Norway’s wayward troll population. Soon they’re fighting their way through an adrenaline-pumping world of grumpy, Godzilla-sized creatures and trying to get to the bottom of an elaborate cover-up perpetrated by the government.

Brimming with all the edge-of-your-seat energy of seminal suspense films like Jaws and The Blair Witch Project, Troll Hunter is rich in sensational special effects that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Assembled entirely from the documentary-style footage “recovered” from the students, Troll Hunter keeps the audience immersed in the action from the first frame, ratcheting up the stakes as our intrepid crew and their mysterious guide voyage deeper and deeper into Norway’s snowy forests and craggy caves. Director André Øvredal smartly reveals his trolls piece by piece, little by little, creating palpable tension that builds and releases roller-coaster-style each time Hans takes on another of the vicious creatures. Øvredal’s screenplay balances out the visual spectacle with deadpan Scandinavian wit, smart parallels to the region’s traditional folklore, and an allegory that puts a critical eye on shoddy environmental policy.

–Joel Hoglund

Director,  André Øvredal

Director,  André Øvredal

André Øvredal was born in Norway. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography and Motion Pictures in California, where he co-directed a student feature, Future Murder (2000), that became an independent hit. He is one of Norway’s most successful directors of commercials, with almost two hundred spots credited to him both at home and abroad, and has also directed award-winning short films. Troll Hunter (2011) is his first commercial feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
André Øvredal
Cast
Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Tomas Alf Larsen
Production Company
Filmkameratene AS
Producer
John M. Jacobsen, Sveinung Golimo
Foreign Right Sales
Magnolia Pictures
Screenwriter
André Øvredal
Editor
Per-Erik Eriksen
Cinematographer
Halvard Bræin
Art Director
Martin Gant
Sound
Baard Hausen Ingebretsen
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Troll Hunter

Troll Hunter

Original Title: Trolljegeren
Director: André Øvredal
Norway | Norwegian
2010 | 103min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: 35mm
12+
And you thought trolls only existed in fairy tales. A trio of gutsy film students tags along with a hard-bitten hunter named Hans in the hopes of making an investigative documentary on bear poaching, but as they pile into his tricked-out Jeep and begin their adventure, the students quickly learn that Hans is tracking a different prey: Norway’s wayward troll population. Soon they’re fighting their way through an adrenaline-pumping world of grumpy, Godzilla-sized creatures and trying to get to the bottom of an elaborate cover-up perpetrated by the government.

Brimming with all the edge-of-your-seat energy of seminal suspense films like Jaws and The Blair Witch Project, Troll Hunter is rich in sensational special effects that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. Assembled entirely from the documentary-style footage “recovered” from the students, Troll Hunter keeps the audience immersed in the action from the first frame, ratcheting up the stakes as our intrepid crew and their mysterious guide voyage deeper and deeper into Norway’s snowy forests and craggy caves. Director André Øvredal smartly reveals his trolls piece by piece, little by little, creating palpable tension that builds and releases roller-coaster-style each time Hans takes on another of the vicious creatures. Øvredal’s screenplay balances out the visual spectacle with deadpan Scandinavian wit, smart parallels to the region’s traditional folklore, and an allegory that puts a critical eye on shoddy environmental policy.

–Joel Hoglund

Director,  André Øvredal

Director,  André Øvredal

André Øvredal was born in Norway. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooks Institute of Photography and Motion Pictures in California, where he co-directed a student feature, Future Murder (2000), that became an independent hit. He is one of Norway’s most successful directors of commercials, with almost two hundred spots credited to him both at home and abroad, and has also directed award-winning short films. Troll Hunter (2011) is his first commercial feature.

Cast and Crew

Director
André Øvredal
Cast
Otto Jespersen, Glenn Erland Tosterud, Johanna Mørck, Tomas Alf Larsen
Production Company
Filmkameratene AS
Producer
John M. Jacobsen, Sveinung Golimo
Foreign Right Sales
Magnolia Pictures
Screenwriter
André Øvredal
Editor
Per-Erik Eriksen
Cinematographer
Halvard Bræin
Art Director
Martin Gant
Sound
Baard Hausen Ingebretsen
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