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Photo: Norsk Filmdistribusjon/Motlys.Photo: Norsk Filmdistribusjon/Motlys

Norway is represented at the Yangon European Film Festival

The Norwegian film “Kyss meg for faen i helvete” (“Kiss me stupid”, 2013) features in the Yangon European Film Festival, which will take place from September 16 to 27. The film will be screened at Nay Pyi Taw Cinema on Wednesday September 21 at 18:30 (6:30pm) and on Monday September 26 at 15:30 (3:30pm).

“Kiss me stupid” is directed by Stian Kristiansen, and stars the young promising actress Eili Harboe, as well as the famous Kristoffer Joner, and others. In the film, we are introduced to Tale (17), the leader of a teenager theatre group planning to set up a play by the famous Norwegian writer Jon Fosse. A professional actor, in the middle of a life crisis, agrees to direct them. He decides to cast the local hero, a great soccer player and a ‘fucking moron’, as the main male actor. The group soon discovers that the director’s ambitions are to make the teenagers’ lives a living hell.

“Kiss me stupid” gives insight into Norwegian youth culture, as it exists in a small town in beautiful western Norway. It also touches upon more universal themes and challenges related to the transition from childhood to adulthood, such as breaking barriers, striving for self-realisation, and unexpectedly falling in love.

The Yangon European Film Festival has been arranged by the Goethe Institut for the last 25 years, with 12.000 people attending in 2015. This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest yet, with several European countries, including Norway, debuting as contributors. According to the organizer, the event is a celebration of European cultural diversity, as well as of the artistic focus characteristic of European filmmaking.

Admission is free and tickets will be issued from one hour until 15 minutes before the screenings, on a first-come first-served basis. For more information about the Yangon European Film Festival, visit the event’s Facebook page or Goethe Institut’s website.

“Kyss meg for faen i helvete” is made available through the Norwegian Film Collection and is screened in collaboration with the Norwegian Film Institute and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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