Joachim Trier, bridgehead of a new Norwegian cinema

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(AFP) – Maestro of melancholy in the cinema and bridgehead of a new Norwegian cinema, the director Joachim Trier whose latest film “Julie (in 12 chapters) “released on Wednesday, started filming before even knowing how to read and write.

A director grandfather – Erik Løchen – competing for the Palme d’Or in 31 alongside Fellini, Bergman, Antonioni and others Bunuel , a sound engineer father, a documentary author mother … The fate of Joachim Trier, also distant relative of the Dane Lars von Trier, seems all mapped out.

At five years old , he tinkered with his father animated films with a Super 8 camera, before making skateboard videos a few years later, his teenage passion.

Graduated from ‘a London film school, the director, born March 1 1960, in his first films portrayed discomfort, self-discovery and disillusion Harbor euse of a suicidal spleen.

The atmosphere, the recourse to amateur or unknown actors … Critics note in him the influence of the French New Wave.

“In all my films I have explored this incredible idea that you can meet someone at the wrong time, that it is not the right person (when you have to ) and that in the end a relationship does not work “for this reason, explained Joachim Trier in Cannes, during the presentation of” Julie (in 12 chapters) “. “There is an existential potential when we approach the evolution of a romantic relationship.”

With this film, the director, who claims to work in a group, punctuates a unknowingly started trilogy 15 years ago. He brilliantly recounts the torments of a young woman today, played by Renate Reinsve, torn between her career, her sentimental life and the role of an adult.

– Impossible Happiness –

Before that, his first feature film “Nouvelle Donne” (2006) had explored the pangs of a novice author who is trying to rebuild himself after a stay in the psychiatric hospital.

In “Oslo, 31 August”, adaptation of the novel “Le feu follet” by Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, selected in Cannes in the “Un Certain Regard” section in 2011, he is a drug addict at the end of his treatment who fails to find a place in society.

The three works have in common that they were filmed in Norwegian, in Oslo, with the same actor – Anders Danielsen Lie – in the leading male role and the feeling of exclusion as the theme throbbing.

As if their characters were hit with some kind of m alediction, that of remaining at the quay, incapable of knowing happiness in a society which, statistically, swims in it.

“It is often in misfortune that there is a lot interesting things “, decrypts Camilla Laache, film critic at TV2.

Joachim Trier” is good at painting human portraits “, she says. “He makes films about human beings and human beings, there are all kinds of them, even in the happiest country in the world.”

The director is not himself monotonous.

With “Louder than Bombs”, he leaves his exclusively Norwegian universe: filming in English and French in New York, eclectic casting with the French Isabelle Huppert, the Irishman Gabriel Byrne and the American Jesse Eisenberg, multinational production … This family drama was also in the running for the Palme d’Or the year of its release, in 2015.

Two years later, the Scandinavian tackles the romantic thriller enhanced with a touch of fantasy, with “Thelma”.

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