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Opportunity Knocks /Norske byggeklosser WAYWARD ENDEAVORS: COMEDIES FROM THE NORTH


FRI—November 1—7 PM
$12 ($7 ASF Members)
99 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles.

In this remake of the 1972 Norwegian comedy classic, saleswoman Ingrid and children’s book illustrator Olav are unable to afford their own home, and are frustrated to instead have to live with Olav’s meddlesome mother. Until one day fate knocks at the door with some unexpected news: Ingrid has just inherited a small house, located in a prime location, left to her by an aunt she’s never met. 

Thrilled with their luck, the couple relocate with plans to renovate the house, engaging the services of a local eco-architect to turn it into their dream home. But nothing goes as planned, and when a series disasters ensue involving the architect and his colorful crew — as well as the bank and authorities — Ingrid and Olav discover that their dream may need much more work than they’d originally planned.

Slapstick and witty, Opportunity Knocks is a comedy about renovations – both material and emotional – and what might happen when ambitions outrun ability. Directed by Arild Fröhlich (Norway, 2018).

About the Director

Arild Fröhlich (b. 1972) has broad experience in the Norwegian film and television industry, directing both drama and comedy shows. His directorial debut for the big screen, the family feature Pitbull Terje (2005), was a huge domestic box-office success, as was his later movie Fatso (2008). Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (2014) was his third movie. 

In 2011, he was granted a scholarship intended for directors from the Norwegian Film Institute, and was the director behind the local success Helt Perfekt, a comedy show for TV.

About the Series

Ambitious schemes, romantic blunders, and last-chance adventures — the Nordic quest for happiness often takes many unexpected directions. Experience the humor of self-discovery in these recent comedies from the North!


St. Bernard Syndicate /Sankt Bernard

Heavy Trip/ Hevi Reissu

Pity the Lovers /Vesalings Elskendur

The Cake General /Tartgeneralen

Opportunity Knocks /Norske byggeklosser