Comrade Pedersen - Norway
Comrade Pedersen (Gymnaslærer Pedersen, 2006)
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Communism is back in Norway! Eurochannel invites you to revive the Norway of the 70s in a moving political film about a man and his memories. Join Knud Pedersen in a train trip in which he will not only travel through space but also through time, reminiscing his communist past.
Directed by Hans Petter Moland, regarded as "the Ridley Scott of Norway" by British film historian Peter Cowie, Comrade Pedersen is a masterpiece that invites the viewers to reflect about critical social issues such as politics, the educational system and love affairs. The ingredients for a captivating plot!
In Comrade Pedersen, viewers will feel the excitement, anger, happiness, impotence and buzz of the last days of communism. A mix of feelings put across thanks to the dazzling acting and directing, which earned the movie and its director the Best Director Award at the Montreal Film Festival 2006 and the Best Actress award to Ana Dahl Torp at the Norwegian International Film Festival 2006.
It’s the year 1968. The young high school teacher Knut Pedersen (Kristoffer Joner) arrives in Larvik dreaming of a bourgeois existence, but also with an inner discord and unrest which pretty soon push him towards the seductive Marxist-Leninist party AKP. Pedersen is a gentle, intellectual man, with doubts about the revolutionary ideas.
Only when he meets the young, newly arrived medical doctor Nina Skåtøy (Ane Dahl Torp), this absurd idea seems to become conceivable. Soon they are lovers. Their intense relationship lasts until a fatal annual meeting in AKP, which, for security reasons, is held in Sweden.
• Hans Petter Moland was awarded with the Best Director Award at the Montreal Film Festival 2006 for Comrade Pedersen. The same year, Ane Dahl Torp, the co-protagonist was awarded with the Best Actress Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival 2006.