Next week, Oslo World Cinema Foundation is kicking off its 20th annual film festival. For 10 days, Oslo cinemas will be filled with fabulous films from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The origins of this film feast was idealistic. Few films from the southern world were shown on cinemas in Oslo back in 1991, and so film enthusiasts at Oslo University decided to show 1 billion people couldn’t possibly be wrong. Each year, about 100 films are screened and often, the film directors are present to meet the audience.
This year’s event includes a live gala screening of Limite, Brazilian director Mario Peixoto’s legendary film, at the Oslo Opera House on 10 October. Other films to be screened this year include Shirin Neshats Silver Lion winner 2009 Zanan-e Bedone-e Mardan (Women without Men) (Iran), Halkawt Mustafa’s Dli Sur (Red Heart) (Iraq), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man) (Chad), and many, many more.
When: 7 – 17 October
Venue: Various cinemas throughout Oslo
Get your tickets early – sold in Oslo cinemas
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