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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #51: Hans Petter Moland Had ‘Fun’ in the Cold with ‘In Order of Disappearance’

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #51: Hans Petter Moland Had 'Fun' in the Cold with 'In Order of Disappearance'

Norway-born Hans Petter Moland is probably best known for his extensive work with Stellan Skarsgard, from films like “Aberdeen” to “A Somewhat Gentle Man.” The two are working together again for “In Order of Disappearance,” a chilly story of murder and revenge in the mountains. 

Tell us about yourself: I live in Oslo, Norway with my wife who´s also a director, and six children. I grew up in the city and on a farm. I first came to the US as an exchange student at 16 years old. I went to film and theatre school at Emerson in Boston and afterwards worked as a carpenter in South Carolina before got my first job as a PA. I lived and worked in New York for about six years. I became an adult here, worked here, married here and learned to really love New York. It´s a bit more comfortable to fall in love with New York today. But more expensive than in 1980.
I have been directing since 1985. my films have all been distributed in the US, the most likely to be known are “Zero Kelvin,” “Aberdeen,” and “The 
Beautiful Country.”

Biggest challenges in filmmaking? I don´t know what you´re talking about – it’s fun. We´re outdoors, it´s 20 below zero, with actors so cold their facial muscles are nearly frozen and their movemens end up looking strange. It makes you laugh for all the wrong reasons. Norway is very expensive and very small, though, which is not ideal for financing films. 

Did you crowdfund? Not the way you think of it. But when you see all the logos of the differnt European financing institutions, before the film starts, it sure looks like a crowd funded the endeavour.

Did you go to film school? Yes, Emerson in Boston.

What camera did you shoot on? Arri Alexa. Arri is the best digital movie camera available.

What do you have in the works? Several films. Soem set in the cold. One about an inuit family. A film about a skijumper who doesn´t want to land. And a thriller that travels all of Europe. 

What films inspired you? “Badlands,” “The Producers,” Coen Brothers, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, “The Great Beauty,” and “101 Dalmatians.” “101 Dalmatians” is the first film I saw, first moving images. I was 7. I misunderstood the drama a bit. Having grown up on a farm I didn´t understand why the sexy lady with the fancy car coldn´t get some of those puppies for a fur coat: there were so many of them!

Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about
their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and
what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up
to the 2014 festival. Go HERE to read all the entries.

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