Bent Hamer

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Bent Hamer is a film director, writer and producer, born in Sandefjord, Norway in 1956.

Biography

Hamer studied film theory and literature at the University of Stockholm and the Stockholm Film School. In addition to his feature films, he has written and directed a number of short films and documentaries. Hiw first film, Eggs, premiered at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival where it was show in the Directors Fortnight. That same year, it was shown in competition at the Moscow International Film festival where it won the award for Best First Film; it also received the Fipresci Prize at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival.

In April 2004, Hamer started shooting Factotum based on the novel of the same name by US poet and writer Charles Bukowski. The screenplay was written by Hamer and Jim Stark (Mystery Train, Cold Fever), who are producing the film together with Christine Walker (American Splendor). The film premiered at the Kosmorama festival in Trondheim, Norway, on 2005-04-12.

Hamer is the owner and founder of the BulBul Film Association, established in Oslo in 1994.

Filmography

Feature Films:

Short Films:

  • Rødvyn Aargang 81, 1981
  • Longitude Latitude (Makrellen er kommen), 1989
  • Happy Hour, 1990 (co-director: Jörgen Bergmark)
  • Sunday Dinner (Søndagsmiddag), 1990
  • Stone (Stein), 1992
  • Applause (Applaus), 1993
  • Just for the hell of it (Bare kødd), 1995

Documentaries:

  • Courage to Dignity (Mot til verdighet), 1994
  • Norway the Conqueror (Norge erobreren), part of documentary series 2001-05no:Bent Hamer
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