Spring semester

Trondheim film society uses the premises of the Cinematek in Trondheim,

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Spring 2022

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Holy Motors

From dawn to dusk, Holy Motors presents a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant), a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, and family man. He appears to be an actor playing roles, plunging headlong into each part — but there are no cameras present.

Director Leos Carax’s first film in over a decade, Holy Motors is a bizarre yet mesmerizing odyssey through Paris, as seen through one man’s enigmatic lens. Equal parts surrealist comedy, science fiction fantasia, and meta-filmic commentary from one of the most original filmmakers currently working. This is a truly unforgettable experience, verging on sensory overload. In the words of Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian: “a great big pole-vault over the barrier of normality by someone who feels that the possibilities of cinema have not been exhausted by conventional realist drama.”


Dancer in the Dark

Selma is an almost blind single mother who works as hard as she can to earn money for an operation so that her son's vision can be saved. In her otherwise sad life, she finds joy in musicals, and often dreams away in music. Unfortunately, it turns out that people in Selma's life that she has placed her trust in are not as good as they have seemed, and life takes a painful turning point.

Dancer in the Dark is one of Lars von Trier's most famous cult classics, and we see the Icelandic pop artist Björk excel both in the lead role as Selma and as the film's composer. Here, the musical genre is mixed into a very gloomy and realistic melodrama, and the film won both the Palme d'Or and Best Actress during the Cannes Film Festival.


House of Flying Daggers

The year is 859 and China's Seaweed Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is spreading, and the corrupt government has declared war on the rebel army Flying Daggers. They pose the greatest threat to the government and have a new mysterious leader. We follow police officer and womanizer Jin in his mission to capture this leader. He pretends to be the warrior Wind to free the blind rebel Mei. He must win her trust and hope she escorts him straight to Flying Daggers' secret headquarters. But things are not quite as they seem.

House of Flying Daggers is a romantic wuxia film in the style of director Zhang Yimou's previous film Hero (2002). You are drawn into a world of magnificent cinematography, atmospheric music, epic love and beautiful choreography in classical Chinese martial arts style. Each scene presents an aesthetic play of colors designed to evoke strong emotions in the viewer. Here, Zhang has realized both the epic and the aesthetic through his carefully selected cinematic elements. House of Flying Daggers is created for and should be experienced in cinemas.


Lady Vengeance

We are all human, even when we have to kill a monster.

Lee Geum-ja willingly goes to prison for 13 years for the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy. There she spends her time making friends who will help her get revenge on the one who actually killed the boy, but when it is too late to go back she realizes that she may not have what it takes to carry out her revenge.

Lady Vengeance concludes Park Chan-wook's themed revenge trilogy, and follows Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy. It is just as strong on visual storytelling, complex characters, and dark humor, but here the director focuses more on the moral aspects of revenge, as an appropriate ending to the trilogy.

We show the "Fade to Black and White" version, where the film gradually fades to black and white in connection with the main character's inner journey.

Although we highly recommend the previous films in the trilogy, it is not necessary to have seen them before you see Lady Vengeance, as the trilogy is only thematically linked.

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The Work

The Work is an intense documentary that provides a unique insight into the lives of several inmates of the infamous Folsom State Prison in California. Over the course of four days, we meet a group of inmates and a group of outside "ordinary" people who gather for joint group therapy. At the same time as the inmates openly share about how they ended up behind the walls, the men outside the prison get a new perspective on both themselves and the world.

The Work is a different kind of documentary. It puts a lot of focus on the therapy and those who participate in it, that we as viewers feel like participants in the therapy room. The filmmakers have had unique access to the therapy classes in the prison, and to make the scenes as authentic as possible, the film crew has participated in the therapy on an equal footing with the film's subjects. The result is one of the strongest documentary film experiences of all time, about toxic masculinity and the importance of sharing. The Work shows us group therapy for murderers, but is more about a shared human experience, the same for all of us.


Jacob's Ladder

A surreal and psychological masterpiece of a cult film that influenced the horror genre forever!

Vietnam veteran Jacob Singer tries to live a normal life as a postman, despite his extensive and repressed trauma. As bizarre, surrealistic and terrifying things begin to happen, Jacob tries to seek out other veterans, but eventually discovers terrible secrets about a war most people around him just want to forget.

Tim Robbins excels in the role of Jacob Singer, who constantly has to balance pain, sadness, fear and curiosity. The grotesque and the incomprehensible are always seen from his perspective, and Robbins makes us feel it with our whole body. He is supported by Elizabeth Peña in the role of Jacob's cohabitant Jezzie - sexy and loving in one moment, dangerous and unpredictable in the next.

Jacob's Ladder is a cult classic that has left deep traces in both the horror film and horror game genre. The film's psychological and surrealistic horror was ahead of its time, and one can see the film's clear impact in, among other things, the game series Silent Hill. This is a movie few have seen, but which almost everyone has seen in other movies and games. A historical gem like this deserves to be seen on the big screen!


For Sama

An intimate and honest insight into the female experience of war.

"Sama. You’re the most beautiful thing in our life. But what a life I’ve brought you into. You didn’t choose this. Will you ever forgive me?"

In this powerful documentary, we follow director and journalist Waad Al-Kateab over a five-year period in war-torn Aleppo. We get to see her fall in love, get married and have children, at the same time as a cataclysmic conflict is increasingly going on around her. For Sama is a titled love letter to the director's daughter. Waad asks for both understanding and forgiveness for the choice to stay in the city she and her husband love, along with family and friends they do not want to leave. The journey we follow lays the foundation for Sama to be able to understand the choices her parents made. We thus get to experience stories of terrible losses and painful fates - but also laughter, hope, love and joy of life, all juxtaposed and presented to both the viewer and Sama. The result is a strong, engaging and deeply moving viewing experience that provides a unique insight into an unimaginable situation.

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Thunder Road

A heartbreaking and hysterical masterpiece of a debut film!

Thunder Road opens with police officer Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings) at his mother's funeral. Clearly uncomfortable, he launches a strained, impromptu farewell speech that quickly turns into a tragicomic performance in which Jim, choking on tears, tries to perform a dance to honor his mother's memory, despite the fact that his brought-in CD player refuses to work. The eccentric performance creates a chain reaction among Jim's acquaintances, who begin to doubt his sanity. Thunder Road is a journey through Jim's psyche, where his inability to process grief is further complicated by his attempts to juggle his job as a police officer and the paternity of a daughter who prefers her drug-addicted mother. This is a deeply human film about grief, masculinity and fatherhood; an ingenious dark comedy that brings with it both tears and laughter.

In addition to playing the main character, Jim Cummings has directed, produced and written the film, and even helped make the music. It takes a lot to get a closer grip than this, and it is rare to see a film with such an accomplished and personal vision. Thunder Road has won victories at film festivals and received a number of nominations and awards at, among others, SIFF and the Independent Spirit Awards, and we look forward to presenting it to Trondheim's film enthusiasts!

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90's Action Fest!

One night! Three action movies! Buckle up!

Trondheim Film Society welcomes you to a mini-film festival that takes 90s action films seriously.

90’s Action Fest presents:

SPEED (1994) In Speed, we meet two of the 90's big stars, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, in the roles of policeman and involuntary bus driver. Together with a group of terrified passengers, they race through the streets of Los Angeles in a scheduled bus. On board the bus is a bomb that explodes if the speedometer falls below 80 km / h. This is speed and adrenaline and pure popcorn joy!

THE ROCK (1996) Nicolas Cage joins forces with Sean Connery to stop a group of elite American soldiers who have occupied the captive island of Alcatraz and are threatening to carry out a chemical attack on San Francisco. There will be no more 90's action than this: A spectacular action film with Cage in front of the camera, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, with excellent music by Hans Zimmer.

INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996) We do not get away from the wave of disaster films that appeared towards the end of the 90s, and then we are just as happy to go for the film that started it all. On Independence Day, the earth is invaded by aliens who threaten to exterminate humanity. We follow a broad ensemble of characters in the fight against the aliens, including Will Smith as a fighter pilot, Bill Pullman as the US President, Jeff Goldblum as a technological genius, and Randy Quaid as a full-fledged war veteran. Here, action and mass destruction go hand in hand using just as impressive practical effects, enhanced by an incredibly charming cast!


Sunday 22.mai- 14:00