WED—June 14—7 PM
$13 ($8 ASF Members)
144 min. In Danish with English subtitles
On June 14, see the epic and time-shifting biopic of one of the world’s most significant modern painters, Henrik M. Dahlsbakken’s Munch (Norway, 2023)! Misunderstood by his peers, rejected by the art establishment, wracked with grief over the loss of his younger sister and tortured by addiction, the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch remains today one of the most relevant and revered artists worldwide. In this intimate and nuanced portrait of the artist across four significant chapters — played by four actors, Alfred Ekker Strande (Ida Takes Charge), Mattis Herman Nyquist (Headhunters), Ola G. Furuseth (Made in Oslo) and Anne Krigsvoll (Lilyhammer) — we see Munch at ages 21, 30, 45, and 80, across early heartbreak and the beginnings of his career to middle-aged battles with alcoholism and mental illness, to his final years in Nazi-occupied Norway, each informing one another through alternating vignettes. A final chapter takes place in modern-day Berlin, bringing a contemporary edge to the story of a legendary artist.
“A multifaceted three-century portrait of a character unbound by location… In reinterpreting the conventional biopic, Munch captures the spirit of the man as opposed to his mere life” (Journey Into Cinema)
Special thanks to Juno Films. Munch opens theatrically at The Quad on June 16.
About the Director
Henrik M. Dahlsbakken (1989) has distinguished himself as one of Norway’s most productive and eclectic filmmakers in recent years and has been described by film critics as Norway’s most exciting director. Since 2015, he has written and directed several feature films, including the action thriller Cave (2016) and the drama comedy Going West (2017). The thriller An Affair (2018) with Andrea Bræin Hovig and Tarjei Sandvik Moe in the leading roles had its premiere in October 2018 and became a success in Norwegian cinemas. At the same time, around 100 000 people watched the comedy Another Happy Christmas (2020).
His feature film debut Returning Home (2015) was shortlisted as Norway’s Oscar candidate in 2015 and won the main prize at Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. The crime drama Late Summer (2016) received the Film Critique Award in Norway for best artistry achievement, in addition to Amanda and Kanonpris nominations in 2017. Dahlsbakken has recently launched the horror comedy Project Z (2021) in Norwegian cinemas to great reviews. His latest work, Munch (2023), had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam where it was selected as the opening night film.