News of the fantasy thriller ‘Thale’ has intrigued movie buffs worldwide ever since a trailer with English-language subtitles appeared two weeks ago on movie website Twitch.com.
Directed by Aleksander Nordaas, the film evolves from the discovery by two crime scene cleaners of an enigmatic young woman in a cellar hidden under a cabin.
But the cellar also conceals a stranger secret: The woman reveals herself to be a huldra, a secretive figure in Scandinavian folklore with the body and facial features of a beautiful woman and the tail of a cow.
The huldra character is played by 29-year-old feature film debutante Silje Reinamå. Aside from having to brave the biting cold of the Norwegian winter, she had no qualms about facing the camera naked in a number of scenes.
“I play a huldra: it wouldn’t have been the same to sew a tail onto a pair of trousers – people expect to see some skin,” she told newspaper Verdens Gang.
With international interest growing, Aleksander Nordaas was thrilled to learn that his film will be shown in the Emerging Visions category at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, next month.
“It’s incredibly exciting that Thale has been selected for the prestigious SXSW. For me it’s also reassuring and emotional to know that something we’ve worked so hard on and for so long has resulted in a film of international stature,” he told news agency NTB.
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The film is set to hit cinema screens in Norway next Friday, February 17th.