Louder than Bombs is the English-language debut of celebrated Norwegian director Joachim Trier, who continues his tradition of rich, multi-layered narratives in this moving portrait of a fractured family.

Two years after her sudden death, the family of famed photographer Isabelle Reed (Isabelle Huppert) is still trying to cope with their loss. Gene (Gabriel Byrne) struggles as a single parent. Jonah (Jesse Eisenberg), the elder son, has just had a baby of his own and finds the transition from child to parent daunting. The younger son, Conrad (newcomer Devin Druid), is a typical teenager, wearing his alienation as a badge of honor and resisting his 

father’s attempts to connect. On the occasion of a major retrospective of Isabelle’s work, Jonah returns home to help his father. All three men are flooded with memories, and secrets are unearthed—most notably the truth behind the mysterious circumstances of Isabelle’s death. Shifting between past and present, Louder than Bombs is an intimate portrait of parents and children and the many things that tear them apart and bring them together. Directed by Joachim Trier (Norway, France, Denmark, 2015).

Special thanks to The Orchard.

Praise for Louder than Bombs:

“The clear-eyed, empathetic gaze and supple craftsmanship that made Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s first two features, Reprise andOslo, August 31st, so compelling are again on display in his English-language debut, Louder Than Bombs.”—The Hollywood Reporter

“Trier and co-writer Eskil Vogt deliver a smart, measured tale steeped in understatement and complimented by first-rate performances all around.”—Indiewire

“Another beguiling and fascinating picture from [Trier]”—Indiewire


About the director

Joachim Trier is an internationally celebrated director and screenwriter. His critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature films Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011), both co-written with Eskil Vogt, have been invited to and have won awards at international film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, Gothenburg, Milan, and Istanbul. Oslo, August 31st was selected for Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for the César award for Best Foreign Film in 2013, after reaching over 180, 000 admissions at theaters in France.

Reprise received the 2007 Amanda Award (Norway’s top film award) for Best Norwegian Film, Best Director and Best Script. The film was released in the US by Miramax and was the Norwegian Oscar candidate for Best Foreign Film in 2006. Hailed as “a sublimely natural talent,“ Trier was named one of 20 Directors to Watch by the New York Times in 2013. Louder Than Bombs (2015) is his English language film debut and his first appearance in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.



Image courtesy of Motlys Films

THU—3-31-2016—7 PM
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
109 min. | In English

A Q&A with director Joachim Trier will follow the screening