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THE 25TH FILMS FROM THE SOUTH FESTIVAL IS TAKING PLACE IN OSLO THIS OCTOBER. ONE OF THE ATTRACTIONS IS THE FIRST TIME SCREENING OF THE IRAQI/NORWEGIAN FEATURE FILM EL CLáSICO.

Writer, director and producer Halkawt Mustafa has made a unique roadmovie of humour and drama, taking us from Iraq to Spain. El Clásico is the term describing a football match between the fierce enemies Real Madrid and Barcelona. This match is also the end of a journey in a film about the most important things in life: Love, football and Ronaldo’s shoes.

The film is excellent shot by Kjell Vassdal, edited by Inge-Lise Langfeldt and Trond Bjerknes has composed the music. Sound design by Bahman Ardalan, Studio Bahman in Teheran.

Post-produced by Ole-Arild Svendsen and Hocus Focus. Colour grading, VFX and online by Haavard Albertsen, additional online work by Bengt Ove Sannes and Mathias Theissen. The world premiere of El Clásico is at the Dubai International Film Festival in December, as part of the Official Selection program. DIFF presents more than120 features, short films and documentaries from the Arab world and beyond. Take a look at the El Clásico trailer, edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen, online by Mathias Theissen and sound design by Erik Ljunggren.

SATURDAY WATCHED A PACKED CINEMA IN HORTEN THE PREMIERE SCREENING OF #HORTENLOVE.

The film is a cooperation project between the local authority of Horten and the business community with the aim of promoting Horten as a brand. Hocus Focus was invited to produce a film and make the people of Horten proud of their city. The reception was exceptional with more than 40 000 views and 1200 sharings the first 24-hours. With #HortenLove, everyone at Hocus Focus has been involved, from idea and pre-production to production and post-production. Managing director and post-producer Lene Cathrine Albertsen has directed, while post-producer and photographer Ole-Arild Svendsen is responsible for shooting the film, together with Haavard Albertsen, Ove Kenneth Nilsen and Henrik Berge. Additional photo by Simon Hawken. Drone footage by Geir Wikse. Edited by Ove Kenneth Nilsen. Colourgrading and vfx by Haavard Albertsen. Music composed by Preben Grieg-Halvorsen who also did the sound design. Co-produced by Lighthouse/ Silje Bekkevold. The voice-over is written by Petter Bryde and performed by Nicolai Cleve Broch.

COMING UP: THE PREMIERE OF THE FEATURE FILM WENDYEFFEKTEN. THE FILM HAS IT ALL – HUMOUR, CRIME AND A SCREEN FULL OF THE BEST NORWAY HAS TO OFFER OF COMEDIANS AND ACTORS.

Coming up: The premiere of the feature film Wendyeffekten. The film has it all – humour, crime and a screen full of the best Norway has to offer of comedians and actors. Linn Skåber is Wendy, the prostitute queen of Bøler and she is surrounded by an obscure bunch of men – Christian Skolmen, Jon Øigarden, Morten Ramm, Kristofer Hivju and many more.
Director Ole Endresen has a previous history of making some of the funniest moments on screen, with series like Uti vår hage (2008) and the feature films Kong Curling (2011) and Jakten på Berlusconi (2014). His latest film is no exception, so be prepared to laugh out loud! Produced by Kjetil Omberg for Norsk Superfilm.
Colourgrading by Haavard Albertsen. Visual effects by Bengt Ove Sannes, Mathias Theisen and Haavard Albertsen. Post producers Ole-Arild Svendsen and Lene Cathrine Albertsen.
Cinematography by Jens Ramborg. Edited by Vidar Flataukan. Sound design by Uhørt.

THE FEATURE FILM DEBUT FROM DIRECTOR STEN HELLEVIG MIGHT AS WELL BE THE NEXT BIG THING FOR OUR YOUNG ONES.

It is not often we have the pleasure of diving into a Norwegian cinematic world of music. In Dryads, the sound design is of outstanding quality and the soundtrack – well, the soundtrack based on original Dryads music from Thom Hell and Marius Christiansen is the best ever! The way the song Mr. Old Guy – or the much more describing title Rome Paris Home – is used throughout the film, never stops to fascinate at any level. It communicates in ways understandable and familiar for teenagers, young adults and even us – the parents. As soon as we leave the cinema, we want more of the songs we experienced in the darkness and are even a bit disappointed to only find one track on Spotify. Which is a very good sign. In addition, the boys are friendly, the girls are many and the iconic and edgy vocalist Henriette aka Iben Akerlie, certainly don’t cry. A great film from a huge team of co-producers and partners: Online & VFX by Mathias Theissen and Haavard Albertsen. Workflow & VFX by Bengt Ove Sannes. Post produced by Ole-Arild Svenden & Lene Cathrine Albertsen.

"MER" IS INSPIRED BY THE HARSH GRASP OF CONSUMERISM, AND HOW IT CAN MAKE US BLIND BY GREED IN THE PURSUIT FOR MATERIAL GOODS.

Director Kristoffer Klunk's story is set in a post apocalyptic world, where a group of nomads collect the remains of a lost society. But as their collection grows bigger, so does their desire for more. All that glitters is not gold.
This video was largely shot on Karmøy, an island located on the west coast of Norway, but also 1883 meters above the ocean on the peak of Gaustatoppen, a vast mountain overlooking 1/6th of the country.
The large flying factories were made by Steamheads, an Oslo-based VFX-house known for their work on films like Harry Potter and Elysium, and the rest of the post-production was completed at Hocus Focus.

Also, have a look behind the scenes!