'Beatles' open Norwegian Film Festival

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'Beatles' open Norwegian Film Festival
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A movie based on Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen’s 1984 novel will launch this summer's Norwegian International Film Festival on August 17th.


Beatles – the film adaptation from one of Norway’s most popular coming-of-age stories - will open the 42nd Norwegian film festival in Haugesund next month.

Danish director Peter Flinth has adapted the story of four Oslo boys in the 1960s for the big screen.

The film will have its world premiere following the Amanda Awards ceremony – Norway’s national films prizes – on August 16th. The annual International Film Festival runs until August 22nd.

Håkon Skogrand, the festival's programme director, said: “The film, like the novel, is a concise picture of the time and is a humorous and sensitive tale of teenagers’ insecurity and quest. Everyone who was young in the 1960s, who was young later or is young today, will identify and enjoy the adaption of Saabye Christensen’s universe. I really look forward to opening with Beatles."

The film stars Halvor Tangen Schultz, Jonathan Chedeville, Louis Williams and Håvard Jackwitz. They play four young boys who share a passion for the band, The Beatles.

Flinth was last  at the Haugesund festival in 2008 with his Swedish film Arn: The Kingdom at the End of the Road.

Beatles was scripted for cinema by Axel Hellstenius and produced by Norway's Jørgen Storm Rosenberg.

The film will be in Norwegian cinemas from August 29th.


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