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Kong Curling (King Curling)
dir. Ole Endresen
Norway, 2011, 75 minutes
Norwegian, with English sub-titles

Bright Nights: The 3rd Baltic-Nordic Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:00 pm
Wear your curling team jacket or uniform for King Curling on March 1st and save $2.00 on your ticket price!

Over the past few years, Norway’s national cinema has firmly found its place as a contender in high quality dramatic fiction. The hilarious arrival of King Curling on the festival circuit, however, highlights Norway’s comedic talents, both in front of and behind the camera. Director Ole Endresen and star Atle Antonsen have written a fresh and delightful script together, no doubt the result of their collaborations in television comedy. The result is a truly funny and awe-inspiring comedy about an imperfect man who is utterly devoted to the sport of curling, supported and foiled by ridiculous and unforgettable characters, and delivered with a campiness that deftly sweeps Hollywood tropes aside. If you take the classic underdog sports story, layered with Norwegian charm, and add a hefty dose of the careful framing, whimsy, and dry wit of Wes Anderson — maybe a sprinkle of Coen Brothers bleakness for good measure — you’ll have only a glimmer of what King Curling brings to the table. It’s perfect way to celebrate the end of February.