Joachim Trier’s movies “Oslo, August 31st,” “Reprise,” and “Louder Than Bombs” are well respected for their shattering sense of human drama and realism, but he’s about to get a whole lot more ambitious in “Thelma.” The Norwegian director is keeping the human drama in tact, but he’s abandoning his trademark realism for something far more supernatural.
“Thelma” centers around a shy young woman who leaves her religious family to attend university in Oslo. After experiencing a violent seizure, Thelma finds herself drawn to a beautiful young student named Anja. The stronger their attraction grows, the more supernatural powers Thelma finds herself being able to tap into. Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Petersen star.
Norway has announced that “Thelma” will be the country’s official entry for this year’s Best Foreign-Language Oscar, making the second time Trier will represent his country in the race. The director was last chosen for “Reprise,” though the film did not land a nomination.
The movie is set to world premiere at TIFF this weekend. The Orchard will open “Thelma” in theaters November 10. Watch the official U.S. trailer below.