Movie buzz mounts for woman with cow’s tail

A Norwegian film trailer featuring a mysterious woman with a cow’s tail has sparked massive interest among movie-goers ahead of its cinematic release next week.

Movie buzz mounts for woman with cow’s tail
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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

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.

The film is set to hit cinema screens in Norway next Friday, February 17th.

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Better luck next year: Norway’s Oscar drought continues

Hopes that Norway would claim its first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film were dashed when ‘Kongens nei’ (English title: The King’s Choice) was not among the nominees announced on Tuesday.

Better luck next year: Norway's Oscar drought continues
'Kongens Nei' got a 'nei' from the Oscar committee. Photo: Paradox Film
Director Erik Poppe’s film about King Haakon VII’s resistance to the Nazi invasion of Norway had survived the cut from 85 submissions to nine but was not among the five finalists revealed on Tuesday. 
Adding insult to injury, Norway's two Scandinavian neighbours Denmark and Sweden are among the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film with ‘Land of Mine' and ‘A Man Called Ove’, respectively. The other films that will vie for the award at the Oscars gala in Los Angeles next month are 'The Salesman' (Iran), 'Tanna' (Australia) and 'Toni Erdmann' (Germany).
‘Kongens nei’ was hoping to be just the sixth Norwegian nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film. The previous nominees were ‘Ni liv’ in 1957, ‘Veiviseren’ in 1987, ‘Søndagsengler’ in 1996, ‘Elling’ in 2001 and ‘Kon-Tiki’ in 2012. None of those managed to take home the Oscar, so there were high hopes that ‘Kongens nei’ could make Norwegian film history and end the country's Oscar drought. 
Instead, the best Norwegian film buffs can now hope for is that one of their neighbours claims the prize. The Danish entry ‘Land of Mine’ (Original title: Under Sanden) is about a group of German POWs who are made to clear Danish beaches of Nazi mines following the war. Swedish hopeful  'A Man Called Ove' (original title: En man som heter Ove) meanwhile tells the story of a Saab-driving curmudgeon who has his heart opened by a warm new neighbour.
The German entry ‘Toni Erdmann’ is also a clear favourite, with the comedy winning best film, director, actress, actor and screenwriter at the European Film Awards earlier this month. 
Some 720,000 Norwegians saw 'Kongens Nei' in theatres, making the war drama the biggest box office draw in what was the Norwegian film industry's best year in more than four decades