OUT STEALING HORSES

(Ut og stjaele hester)

Norway/Sweden/Denmark

2019

director.gif (905 bytes)Hans Petter Moland

CAST

Stellan Skarsgård
Tobias Santelmann
Danica Curcic
Pål Sverre Hagen
Anders Baasmo Christiansen

 
PREMIERE

February 9, 2019 - BIFF


SYNOPSIS

Set in the easternmost region of Norway, Out Stealing Horses begins with an ending. Sixty-seven-year-old Trond has settled into a rustic cabin in an isolated area to live the rest of his life with a quiet deliberation. A meeting with his only neighbor, however, forces him to reflect on that fateful summer.


button_box.gif (205 bytes)STELLAN:

"Trond and Lars build an almost wordless relationship. I read the novel many years ago, and it's really great literature. It is also a book that is difficult to convert into movies, but I think Hans Petter has written an incredibly nice script. It is close to the novel and Hans Petter has managed to transfer the book's poetry to film."

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"Moland’s film could hardly be more beautiful. It captures the essence of a long-gone summer when everything looked, smelled – and was – good. It encapsulates the cold, the darkness, the harried moments, and the melancholy of bygone days and bygone chances. The cast, jam-packed with Scandinavian acting nobility, shine. In trusty Swede Skarsgård, Mr Norway has once again found an undisputable lead, perhaps even a Bear-worthy one. His line about 'not hitting that man in Karlstad' is pure Stellan by starlight."    ...Jan Lumholdt, Cineuropa

"A ravishing and evocative exploration of the past. Quite probably the majority of public recognition actor Stellan Skarsgård receives is due to his forays into Hollywood, from dispensing advice to an Avenger to gyrating alongside Meryl Streep as they sing Abba songs.  Of course, Skarsgård is capable of excellence, which he ably demonstrates in Hans Petter Moland’s ravishing Ut og stjæle hester.  ...Oliver Johnston, The Up Coming (UK)

"Out Stealing Horses has so much scenery and texture, falling snow, rushing rivers, and rugged log cabins, that you nearly forget to look at the humans at the centre of the story. Stellan Skarsgard's craggy face recalls the memories of childhood, and for a time it holds, but the film goes on for too long."   ...Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express

"Hans Petter Moland’s loving film adaptation effectively plays lush visual storytelling against its characters’ desolate interiors. The result is a heartfelt, attractive arthouse item that ought to travel as widely as its much-translated source novel, boosted by the internationally familiar presence of Stellan Skarsgård in the lead role of 67-year-old widower Trond, who retreats into painful childhood memories when he relocates to the remote Norwegian countryside. This is delicate, internalized drama, easier to realize on the page than on the screen, though both Skarsgård and Jon Ranes, a solemnly impressive newcomer, do a fine job of portraying Trond’s changing awareness at different ages, the performances aligned in their tense, sorrowful body language."   ...Guy Lodge, Variety