Thursday, May 17, 2007

Happy Syttende Mai

Ja vi elsker dette landet --A shout out to any readers from Norway today on your national holiday! Vi snakkes in the comments.

If you happen to be a Norwegian reader and in the filmmaking industry I say the following with the utmost love: please try and keep up with Denmark and Sweden. They get all the movie press what with Lars Von Trier, Connie Nielsen, Susanne Bier, Stellan Skarsgård representing and there being regular Oscar foreign film nominations for Sweden. I mean even Iceland has managed a higher profile this past decade (mostly due to a certain genius madwoman)

Despite a low film & pop culture profile Norway is still awesome. The land of the midnight sun is responsible (indirectly but still...) for Oscar winner Celeste Holm (Gentleman's Agreement) and two highly iconic movie stars Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. I'll ignore 'she who must not be named' ...all countries make mistakes.

Anyway, because I had a sudden hankering for Norway this morning (a jaw droppingly beautiful country) here are some famous Norwegians to reflect upon...

I received Hawaii Olso, Norway's 04 Oscar submission in the mail yesterday from Film Movement. Perhaps I'll watch...

tags: Norway


Anonymous said...

I am Danish but understand norwegian.

Your obsession with Norway is surprising. You've even been there! And yes, it's magnificently beautiful.

How come... where did it... I mean, tell us more about you and Norway, Nat!


i lived in norway in the early 90s but unfortunately i can't speak it anymore --it's all catchphrases now.

my ancestry is actually mostly Danish though --- so i'm proud that y'all have such a healthy crop of cinematic talents.

J.D. said...

Another point for Iceland -- Ms. Swan. Best recurring MADtv character they ever came up with.

Anonymous said...

Iceland produced Bjork and Sigur Ros. You've got to wonder about a nation like that.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Nat.

And yes, Norway really needs to get their film industry together (although they got more Oscar nods in the 90s than Denmark did).

Yay! I look forward to a post on Denmark on our Constitutional Day very soon!