O'Horten. Regi: Bent Hamer, Norway, 2007. Manus: Bent Hamer. Foto: John Christian Rosenlund. Medv: Bård Owe, Espen Skjønberg, Ghita Nørby, Bjørn Floberg, Henny Moan, Bjerte Hjelmeland, Kai Remlov with others. Norwegian language, English subtitles. 35mm, colour, 1 h 31 min.
The moment the train leaves the station without train driver Odd Horten aboard, he realizes that the path ahead is a journey without printed timetabels and well-known stations. Horten has retired, and the platform does not feel like a safe place anymore.
With death as a metaphor, the film draws a melancholy and humorous portrait of an aging man in situations most people probably will not get into, but hopefully will recognize.
Director, scriptwriter and producer Bent Hamer was born in Sandefjord, Norway. He is educated in Film Theory and Literature at Stockholms Universitet and Stockholms Filmskola.
O' Horten was released in Norway, December 26th 2007, and had it's international premiere in "Un Certain Regard" at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008. It was not the first time that Bent Hamer was presented at the festival. Actually, three of his previous four films have had their international premiere as selected films in Cannes; Factotum (2005), Kitchen Stories (2003) and Eggs (1995). Together, these films have been distributed in more than 40 countries, they have participated in more than 80 film festivals around the world and have won him some 30 prizes.