“It would have been impossible to market,” Thomas Robsahm, the film’s producer, explained to VG newspaper after the decision was made on Monday. “It is actually quite common that movies have different titles in different countries.”
Joachim Trier, who was named in 2007 by Variety Magazine as one of a list of ten directors to watch, has up until now directed films solely in Norwegian.
The film follows a husband (and his two sons) coming to terms with the death of his war photographer wife, three years after her death in a traffic accident.
Alexandre Mallet-Guy, the head of distribution at Paris-based Memento Films, said that the previous title had taken on a different meaning following the events of last Friday.
“It’s not a film about the attacks, which the previous title could have led people to believe, or a militant film, but rather a melancholy film,” he said. “We wanted to find a title which was gentler, and above all, more positive, after the events of Friday.”
The international title will remain Louder Than Bombs, he confirmed.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert.
More than 130 people were killed and another 350 injured in seven coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, mounted by three teams of Islamic extremists.