Tuesday 8th March – Kosmorama has officially begun!

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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?

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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.

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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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Monday 7th March – Kosmorama starts

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.

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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)