Last night’s Take 6 concert was moved to Vår Frue church, on account of the ongoing strikes at many of the hotels. But to be honest, we can’t think of a better location for this American acappella longstayers. Here are some shots from the experience – be sure to check whether what you are seeing tonight at jazzfest has been moved or not.
Personally I love the chance to see great music in unusual places – and the evening light creeping in through the church windows gave the whole concert a fresh feeling. So nice to go out without a jacket! Tonight, however, we recommend a concert at a classic venue, the home of jazz in Trondheim, Dokkhuset. Mats Eilertsen is one for all you jazz enthusiasts our there. The”‘Musicians’ musician” (7pm). He is accompanied by Trio Medieval, an ensemble from Voss who specialise in medieval and folk music. Trio Medieval will also be hosting a free workshop today, going on now!
There is a shedload going on this month; the start of an epic spring-summer for music in Trondheim. The wise man might be tempted to pace himself, but we never claimed to be wise. Instead we are readying ourselves for a week of world class music, night after night, with the return of Trondheim Jazzfest.
Trondheim’s very own international jazz festival has been around in one form or another since 1980 and now it’s back with a boom. The List spoke to Ernst Wiggo Sandbakk, Jazzfest’s general manager, with responsibility for the festival’s artistic content.
“Trondheim has a high international standing in the world of jazz, not least because of the success of Jazzlinja at NTNU (a programme which offers education in a creative jazz, started in 1979), which has delivered forerunners for new European jazz for decades.”
“We’re working on making Jazzfest an established destination, though we are quite different from other festivals in general. I think we have an excellent festival programme, because we have a large proportion of homegrown productions, as well as commissioned works and world premieres: collaborations playing together for the first time, etc.”
This year’s Jazzfest kicks off with what promises to be a spectacular performance with the three-time Grammy Award winning American jazz singer, Dee Dee Bridgewater, pictured above. Her glittering career has seen her share stages with greats such as Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon and Max Roach, but tonight it will Trondheim’s leading professional big band, Knut Lauritzen Big Band, who have that honour. We think it will hold up, but you will have to be there to experience it for yourself. Olavshallen from 8pm, some tickets still available.
Alternatively – or additionally, if you choose to ignore the pacing yourself advice – check out Karl Bjorå’ Aperture at Bar Moskus at 10pm.
The List will blogging daily throughout the festival, with photos and reviews from the day before, and tips for the good times still ahead. Like our Facebook or follow this blog to stay up-to-date. You can also heck out the website jazzfest.no for programme information, tickets and details about the conference, consisting of seminars, workshops, “artist talks” and a panel discussion.
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What song were you singing when you got home last night? That’s what we want to know. Blood blood blood, blood and fire… that’s what I’m saying. Hear me now!
“Shut up!” screams my wife. “It’s a Monday night!”
Great privilege to witness and shoot the mighty Lee Scratch Perry at Brukbar/Blæst last night. Probably the busiest we have ever seen the club, and let’s not forget … it was a Monday night.
The legendary Jamaican producer and pioneer, accompanied by longterm associate The Mad Professor, pulverised the crowd with his dub and reggae machine. There was a wait for the 80-year old upsetter to take the stage, and you have to forgive us non-believers for suspecting that he might never arrive, whilst Mad Prof laid down the remixes (or should I say RIMIXes?!).
But then a suitcase appeared, a bunch of bananas, a glass of champagne and the lights went up. So did the lighters, on several occasions, but not in a Michael Jackson sort of way. And then Perry, adorned with mirrors, shaman-like bangles and red beard dye, took to the stage.
It was a visceral and eccentric performance, and there is nothing like an old dude strutting his stuff and having the time of his life. It gives you hope, pure unadulterated hedonistic hope, hope of a life lived to the full and happy future. Perry had plenty to say too – mostly about how cigarettes give you cancer. Though that was about the extent of the family-friendly content. I’m pretty sure everyone shared a favourite moment during the concert, but I aint gonna write about that now. Let’s just say it was an “I was there when..” sort of thing.
Lee Scratch Perry is the creative effort which helped unleash Bob Marley on an unsuspecting world. A humble songwriter for the likes of Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and King Tubby, who has remained committed to experimenting with the musical form. In the 70s he started the infamous Black Art studios and collaborations with many of the greats followed – Max Romeo, The Congoes, the Abyssians , Delroy Wilson, The Heptones and even the Clash.
Perry later burnt down the Black Art Studios in ’84. Having witnessed last night I’d say it’s likely that many buildings he enters suffer similar fates. Blood blood blood, blood and fire… mercy lord!
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!
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!
Last night I took advantage of Kosmorama’s collaboration with Oppdal-based horror film festival, Ramaskrik, and caught a late viewing of The Devil’s Candy, by director Sean Byrne. The film was as lean as the lead actor, an Iggy Pop-esque Ethan Embry, and as slick as the paintings he creates in the barn of his family’s huge new Texas home.
It’s a story of new beginnings and opportunity, the American dream and to-cheap-to-be-true property. Astrid and and Jesse, and their teenage daughter Zooey, snap up a bargain when the previous owners are murdered by their deranged son. Set to a backdrop of heavy metal riffs and with a back story of death and incarceration; this is a move which has disaster written all over it.
The Devil’s Candy calls upon classic home invasion tactics and is horrific in large fistfuls. It threatens to disgust on several occasions and is certainly no nursery rhyme, but slightly misses the mark in my opinion. Clumsily edited at times and a slave to it’s own implausibility. The returning son’s offscreen misdemeanours require a suspension of belief I wasn’t quite prepared to make. He’s got a record as fat as his belly and a kids are going missing as he feed the devil his ‘candy’, hello 911? And there is a Shining-type transformation going on with the dad Jesse, which wasn’t fully realised. But hey, it was late, it was bloody, there was fire and the sound track is still reverberating around my skull this morning. Definitely one for genre fans – catch the next viewing Saturday 8pm, NOVA 3.
It also inspired me to check out some more of what Ramaskrik has to offer, so I chatted with Sølvi from the festival:
“The Devil’s Candy is one of the six films we have picked out for this year’s Ramaskrik at Kosmorama. These films are separate from our programme at Oppdal in the autumn, where we are showing another 20-25 films. Actually, Ramaskrik Oppdal was started by a few people working at Kosmorama at the time, back in 2011, in collaboration with the cinema manager in Oppdal. Some of us still work at both festivals, and we love getting the chance to show scary movies twice a year!”
At last year’s festival it wasn’t just the bears doing their business in the woods, as the film festival did a screening of Villmark 2 in the forrest, which was a huge scream-laden success! I asked Sølvi if they have any plans for similar themed screenings this year?
“When we come out of our long Easter sleep after Kosmorama, we will start thinking about this year’s Ramaskrik Oppdal, I am really looking forward to starting the research on new horror films from all over the world! And maybe some ideas will pop up about perfect Oppdal locations outside the cinema. If anyone has any great ideas about interesting and perhaps unusual locations, please get in touch.”
So we asked Sølvi for her tips for today and she picked out London Road, a documentary musical with Olivia Colman, about the murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006, directed by the guy behind Broken (the movie, not the crime!). This one has been highly recommended so make sure you get along early for today’s showing or book ahead for Saturday evening.
London Road, 2pm Thursday 10 March, NOVA 5.
Tonight we will be at the film festival’s annual awards show, Kanonprisen, to celebrate the best in norwegina cinema. Check out Jaya’s blog tomorrow!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 kosmorama.no 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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Well Listers, it’s official…Kosmorama, Trondheim’s international film festival is coming for our viewing pleasure this week! Your inner cinephile can hardly wait! So what exactly is Kosmorama, you might ask? Kosmorama is a six-day film festival which will be happening from March 8-13, mostly in Trondheim’s Kinosenter. The festival consists of the screenings of more than 70 films – some obscure, some mainstream, some for kids and some for adults.
Besides the movie screenings, there will be guest speakers, seminars, parties, a quiz night and activities for kids. During the day on Saturday and Sunday, there will be a free exhibition in the Nova foyer where kids can explore an app made by Ablemagic in Trondheim.
If you feel like learning, several seminars will be accessible for free. Amnesty: Human Rights and Terrorism will be free on Thursday evening at the library. Film buffs may want to join Friday & Saturday night’s film quiz (in Norwegian). The festival will screen several classic movies including Fargo, Singin’ in the Rain, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001: A Space Odyssey will include a presentation by Douglas Trumbull, who supervised the special photographic effects of the film. Other highly anticipated films include The Idol about a man from Gaza who won Arab Idol in 2012, Carol, Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-nominated New York romance, Spotlight, the star-studded drama about investigative journalism, and Welcome to Norway, a dark comedy about a racist hotel-owner who sets up an asylum centre to save his business.
Many of the films have subtitles and most have multiple showings. What’s great is that many international films have English subtitles, which means that those of us who are not great at reading Norwegian get a chance to see some fantastic world
cinema. Inside information tells us Wednesday is the day not to miss. Check out Kosmorama.no or our programme in the current issue of The List for screening times and more information on the films.
Dates: 8-13 March
Tickets: 100 NOK (Student/senior 75 NOK)
Festival pass: 975 NOK (Student/senior 675 NOK)