Posts Tagged ‘Bestevenner’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Generations, Part 1

February 10, 2010

Like the Jesuits, the Berlin Film Festival understands that you need to get ‘em while they’re young. To that end, the Generations sidebar features films about and aimed at youth. This year’s selection of 56 features and shorts looks at every aspect of growing up, from unappreciative single parents to freaky flights of fancy. In the first part of our preview, we start out on a Mexican fishing trip and end up running away with an Italian circus.


Three Mexican generations convene on the Chinchorro reef in Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s acclaimed “documentary fiction” of fathers and sons. Daniel Kasman wrote, “a sojourn of a film, getting the simplicity and details of a wonderful but limited experience down to their most honest, most untroubled, most tender, and often most beautiful essences.”

Bestevenner (Best Friends)

This Norwegian children’s film from director Christian Lo combines young friendship, the Christmas season and the threat of deportation. When their friend Naisha flees to Oslo, Julie and Mette pack up their knapsacks and give chase. Expect heartstrings to be hammered like Jerry Lee Lewis attacking a piano.


Trailerama: Bestevenner (Best Friends)

September 25, 2009

Three girls spend the dazzling days in their snowy valley doing everything together. Then one of them disappears. Julie and Mette learn that Naisha’s family have gone to ground in Oslo to escape the country’s immigration authorities. The pair leave their country home for the big, bad city, hoping to find their vanished chum. Judging from the heart-string yanking and gloopy music, Christian Lo’s festival-bound film is proof even the Norwegians can do feel-good.