Amsterdam, August 31st

Amsterdam, August 31st

29-08-2012 | 18.14

Since the title sequence of Reprise (2006) I've been a fan of Joachim Trier. 'New Dawn Fades' by Joy Division, raw grading and drunken Norwegians on Grunnlovsdag. Immediately I knew I'd like it.

But on a day like today (August 31st) you shouldn't talk about Trier's first film, but his latest: Oslo, August 31st. It's a story which is beautifully told.

The film's protagonist is played by Anders Danielsen Lie. In daily life Lie is a medical doctor but also a writer, singer and actor. He plays Anders, a thirty-something man from good upbringing who goes into Oslo for a job interview after being released from a drug rehabilitation clinic for a day.

Director of Photography Jakob Ihre shows an understated, eloquent picture of twenty-four hours from Anders' life. Old friends, parties and new temptations. No typical junkie film but human, warm and beautiful.
The movie is filled with recognizable small moments and events that form what life is. Anders is witness to these moments and is caught between rebuilding his life and the attraction of death.

Soon the film will be released on DVD in the Netherlands, but Trouw can already give away some copies. Send an email until the 7th of September to win@trouwamsterdam and have a chance to win one of three DVDs!

Text: Martijn Savenije. Being a photographer and founder of copypasteculture, he enjoys the beauty of observation and discovery.