If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you’ll know we’re big fans of Joachim Trier‘s “Reprise” and “Oslo, August 31st.” And a big part of the success of those films is due to Eskil Vogt, so when we heard he was making his feature directorial debut with “Blind,” we were pretty excited. We were even happier to learn that it was a “compelling, clever and surprisingly warm” tale that follows the intersection between a blind woman named Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Petersen), a lonely, porn-obsessed man (Marius Kolbenstvedt), and a single mother (Vera Vitali). And while it seems this trailer has been kicking around for a while, it only crossed our path now and it’s reminder that, if anything, someone needs to pick up this movie for U.S. distribution.
Chatting with Vogt earlier this year at the Goteborg International Film Festival, he shared what he learned watching a script transition during shooting and editing. “… The shoot was quite difficult. And when we came into editing we felt that, well the material is here but it doesn’t have that energy of the script. And me and the editor we spent a lot of time just trying to find that again. To reinvent that spark that the script had,” he said. “People tell me, as a screenwriter, the script is so, so overlooked in the importance of making a film. And I always say, you know we’re not that overlooked when you look at editing!”
Again, the film has no U.S. distributor at this point, which is something of a crime considering “Blind” has picked up a slew of awards at festivals around the world, including Sundance. Watch below.