Sunday 13th March – The final day

As said in the festival program preview, “the line between documentary and fiction are in flux,” and that is what can be fully embraced and proved with Saturday’s festival program.


The cinema was full with eager festivalgoers, re-reading the program in the foyer before they head to the next movie. The cartoon screen keeps the smallest audience members busy, reminding that the festival has wide offer also for the children as well.


First I saw a Norwegian documentary movie, Mammas Drøm, which brilliantly reveals the lives of three women generations from one family. Originally intended as a daughter’s (film director Mali Finborud Nøren) documentary about her mother and encouragement for her to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist, the film, besides showing very personal experience, reveals also general human experiences. The director shows how her mom is trapped between her everyday reality – house and children, but mainly, the fear of not being perfect or failing, and a struggle to fulfill her dreams. Do dreams ever expire? Or they just wait for us to gather the courage and thus are time-resistant? The author, by revealing the lives and struggles of her mother and grandmother, reveals also her own biography as a mother and filmmaker.


The second film yesterday, Det vita folket, by Swedish director Lisa Aschan hits right in the middle of today’s burning issues by showing an imaginary, yet real prison environment in which people are held before being sent back to their countries/places of origin, even though they might not exist. The snowy environment indicates that action takes place in a Nordic environment, and nowadays. The rest is open to interpretation – why and how long the people will be held in this prison – like an institution, and how they will deal with the existing circumstances. The line between prisoners and guards is fragile, and the same applies to race, ethnicity, right or wrong, the movie makes it very clear with the last scene.


Today is the last day of the festival, and I am looking forward to seeing several movies. I would suggest to see the highly acclaimed and scarily beautiful drama The Lobster (by Yorgos Lanthimos), which tells the unordinary story of love and survival, where the ability to fall in love can be life saving. Mountain (by Yaelle Kayam) is dealing with a topic of relationships, intermingled with culture and religion of an orthodox Jewish society. Also, Box (by director Florin Serban) is worth seeing, and this movie tells the story about a married actress and young boxer. They both experience a difficult time in their lives, and their stories cross. See, how!

And, if you want to know how the Kosmorama audience has rated the movies until now, stop by Nova and check the screen behind the ticket counter to see! Enjoy the last day of Kosmorama 2016!


Words by Zane Datava

Saturday 12th March – Culinary Cinema

The weekend is here and it is prime time to see some awesome Kosmorama films before the festival ends tomorrow! My film weekend, however, started early with yesterday evening’s showing of Bottle Shock as a part of Kosmorama’s culinary cinema event. The night started off with a presentation about the wine regions of California, the different grapes that are grown in each region and info about what makes the area truly unique from a vineyard perspective, which put California on the wine map alongside wine superstars like France. Following the learning session, we all got the chance to taste three very different wines that come from some of the California regions. You know what they say…tasting is learning! Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, it was a delicious start.


Named the official selection at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, the movie itself was a true gem, filled with smartly-timed humor and good feels. The film was fun and sassy, but my absolute favorite part was the atmosphere in the theater. People collectively laughed out loud at the clever puns on-screen, and the whole room was just energetic and wholeheartedly enjoying themselves. I haven’t had that kind of movie-going experience in a long time, and it reminded me of how movie watching can be such a communal experience.


As for today, it’s another exciting day with tons to do! In case you missed the 2001: A Space Odyssey showing yesterday, you can still catch the photographic film-effect advisor from the movie, Douglas Trumball, as he serves as one of the keynote speakers at today’s Meta.Morf activities. In addition, be sure not to miss the 2016 Kosmorama closing film, Eddie the Eagle, for which I’ve been hearing a lot of positive buzz. I can’t believe the week is almost coming to a close, so be sure to get out there and have some fun at Kosmorama! We certainly have had an amazing time so far!

Wednesday 9th March – The good times keep coming!


Tuesday was an exciting opening day at Kosmorama! Carol, the opening film, sold out in advance, and the staff added an extra screening in a neighbouring theater, which filled up completely. Director of Kosmorama Silje Engeness said earlier that she always remembers it’s more fun to watch a film with other people during Kosmorama, and that feels true to me too; especially an audience that’s really there to pay attention and fall in love with the film, and a full house to boot. There was a lot of energy in Nova, and when I was walking there, from a few blocks away, it seemed like everyone on the street was headed to Nova for Carol.

Silje Engeness_Kosmorama Director - photo by Eno Chege
Silje Engeness_Kosmorama Director – photo by Eno Chege

Carol was a breathtaking, tragic film about forbidden love in New York in the 1950s. It seemed to have a very positive reception with the audience, who really laughed and cried together. Many people stayed after Carol to see London Road, a documentary musical, or other films like Spotlight, an American blockbuster and Oscar winner. When I left the theater last night, there were still lots of people hanging out and buying tickets for films later in the evening. People also seemed to be heavily anticipating Welcome to Norway tomorrow evening, which was directed by Rune Langlo, from Trondheim. Overall, a very exciting start to Kosmorama!
Welcome to Norway
Welcome to Norway

Which now leads us to today! The buzz around town is that today is a day not to miss for the Kosmorama week. In addition to Welcome to Norway as mentioned above, today brings us the premiere of Let Them Come. Adapted from a novel, the film explores the “dark decade” that occurred in Algeria during the 1990s and is sure to be a moving experience. Also today, be sure not to miss the Kosmorama showing of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, paying tribute to the late David Bowie.

Let Them Come
Let Them Come

Something I’m very much looking forward to for today is The Fear of 13, which claims to be a film for fans of shows like Making A Murderer or the podcast Serial. Needless to say, I cannot wait. So maybe I’ll see you there for that, or if not, I hope you get out there and enjoy the second day of the festival and everything it has to offer!

Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust


Written by Dannika Nash and Lacie Goff

Tuesday 8th March – Kosmorama has officially begun!


It’s the opening day of the festival and The List is so excited to work in conjunction with Kosmorama! The whole city has been buzzing with excited chatter about the film offerings this week, and certain films have been getting a bit of extra buzz, making them the hot ones not to be missed. Not sure what’s playing when? Check out the festival schedule in the magazine or at for a full listing. We at The List will be blogging daily about our reflections from the day before and our top picks that we’re most excited for that day. All of this to celebrate this awesome week of cinema and to make it easy for everyone to get out there and enjoy Kosmorama’s abundant offerings!

So with that in mind, here are some of the things that I’m looking out for today. It’s a jam-packed first day, and everyone is talking about the opening film, Carol, which shows today at 18:30 (and tomorrow at 14:30). I’ve heard so many tips about this movie and with six Academy Award nominations to its name, media around the world have been hailing it as a must-see. So what better way than to grab some popcorn and head over to Kosmorama to see it today?


I’ve also been hearing a lot of talk about Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad, showing today at 12:00 (and with multiple other showings during the week). A gem coming out of the Cannes Film Festival, the French film explores the heavy topics of genocide and terrorism. Please note, subtitles for this film are in Norwegian.


And of course, if you’re in for a scare, the festival’s horror division also kicks off tonight with Baskin at 22:00 (showing another day as well), a psychological thriller from Turkey that is sure to bring an unforgettable experience. So get out there, check it out and bring out your inner cinephile! Kosmorama has officially commenced.

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