One of the most important Norwegian and European contemporary writers, Erlend Loe will open the Week of Norwegian Film in the Yugoslav Cinematheque Film Archives on 10 October, along with Jan Erik Holst, Norwegian critic and former director of the Norwegian Film Institute.
Titled “White Nights, Dark Days” (“Bele noći, mračni dani”), this year’s NOktobar takes us to the brightest and darkest sides of Norway through films based on the works of the famous authors Erlend Loe and Gunnar Staalesen.
From 9 to 15 October the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy older and more recent Norwegian productions: “Gone with the Woman” (2008), “Bitter Flowers” (2007), “Women in the Refrigerator “(2008), “Fallen Angels” (2008), animated film “Kurt Becomes Evil”… The screening of these films is moving to Prokuplje in November.
After a great success in Belgrade, Zagreb, Podgorica and other cities, exhibition “Touch of Glass” moves to the National Museum of Valjevo on 17 October to the joy of all fans of Nordic design. The design you can see at this exhibition until 19 November in many ways reflects the peoples and societies of the Nordic region, as well as the influence of Nordic geography, history and values. The works were produced by 13 famous glassmakers and design studios, of which many realized in cooperation with top artists, architects and designers.
At the same time, on 19 October the film “Staying Alive” will be screened in the Cultural Centre Valjevo, within the Days of the Nordic Film and NOktobar.
On the same day, 19 October, NOktobar brings Jarle Bernhoft, the solo project of the multi-instrumentalist and composer, to the Musicology Barcaffe Sessions in Belgrade. He became famous for his complicated and fascinating live performances, and in 2014 he received a nomination for the Grammy Award for “Best R’n’B Album”. “I am especially happy when I come to a country for the first time and I can’t wait to meet Serbia,” he said ahead of his performance.
As every year, the Norwegians are indispensable at the Belgrade Jazz Festival. This NOktobar Marius Neset, a saxophonist known for his expressive performance in various surroundings, from mix bands, through big bands, to classic chamber orchestras, will perform before a Belgrade audience on 26 October. Three days later, the Norwegian contrabass player Mats Eilertsen comes with his international Rubicon septet, which relies entirely on new eclectic aesthetics.
After an intense musical programme, the photographs of magical sculptures in the landscapes of Norwegian Nordland will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad from 3 to 22 November. This travelling exhibition includes works by artists from 18 countries.
This year NOktobar also enters the Free Zone (Slobodna zona) and brings us a film by Norwegian authors Morten Traavik and Uġis Olte, who will open the Free Zone festival at the Sava Centre on 1 November with the film “Liberation Day”. Morten Traavik and Uġis Olte have gone where few have been before and in a surprisingly subtle way recorded a collision of ideologies and cultures, but also an attempt to make true contact between the members of an ex-Yugoslav art rock band and their hosts.
The youngest will also have their share of fun. At this year’s Kids Fest under the slogan “Under the film umbrella”, from 1 to 7 November, two Norwegian films will be shown in the Children’s Cultural Centre and theatres in Belgrade: “The Little GreyFergie 22” and “In the Haki Baki forest”.
For tickets for all events please contact the organizers.