O´HORTEN
O´HORTEN


SYNOPSIS
After fourty years of dutiful service as a train engineer, 67-year-old Odd Horten is forced to retire. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of absurd adventures and quirky encounters. And maybe even a new dog and an old love!...//// Odd Horten has driven the same train route every day for so long that the rest of his life has become a routine of comfortable rituals. But the time has come for the 67-year-old engineer to retire after forty years of dutiful service. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of perplexing questions. How could Horten get himself in such an awkward situation when he should be celebrating his retirement? Will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Will he survive a nighttime drive with a blindfolded man at the wheel? The only thing for certain is that Horten is first in line for some absurd abventures and quirky encounters. And maybe even a new dog and an old love! The film draws a melancholy and humorous portrait of an aging man in situations most people probably will not get into, but hopefully will recognize.

DIRECTORBent Hamer
YEAR2008
STATUScompleted
FESTIVALS AWARDSCannes Un Certain Regards 2008
PRODUCERSBent Hamer (producer)
Karl Baumgartner
Christoph Friedel (co-producers)
Alexandre Mallet-Guy (co-producer)
Jim Frazee
Mads Peter Ole Olsen (executive producers)
CO PRODUCTION WITHBulBul Film (Norway) in co-production with Pandora Film Produktion (Germany) & ZDF/ARTE
Memento Films Production (France) & Arte France Cinema
Scanbox Films
PRODUCTIONCatho Bach Christensen (prod. manager)
Nikolai Frobenius (consultant)
Svend Abrahamsen (consultant)
SUPPORTED BYNorwegian Film Fund
WORLD SALESThe Match Factory
GERMAN DISTRIBUTORPandora Film Verleih
LENGTH90 min.
FORMAT35mm
1:1.85
Dolby SRD
SHOOTING LOCATIONNorway
ORIGINAL LANGUAGEnorwegian
CASTBard Owe (Odd Horten)
Espen Skjønberg (Trygve Sissener)
Ghita Nørby (Mrs. Thogersen)
Bjørn Floberg (Flo)
Henny Moan (Svea)
Bjarte Hjelmeland (train Conductor)
Kai Remlov (Steiner Sissener)
WRITERSBent Hamer
CASTING
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHYJohn Christian Rosenlund
EDITINGPal Gengenbach
MUSICKaada
SOUNDMorten Solum
ART DIRECTIONKalli Juliusson (art director)
Anders Lunde (props)
COSTUMESAnne Pedersen
MAKE UP HAIREva Rygh Holstein
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