by Bent Hamer



Odd Horten has driven the same train route every day for so long that the rest of his life has become a routine of comfortable rituals. But the time has come for the 67-year-old engineer to retire after forty years of dutiful service. His orderly, solitary existence is about to give way to a future of perplexing questions. How could Horten get himself in such an awkward situation when he should be celebrating his retirement? Will Horten ever travel by plane? Will he finally sell his prized boat? How does Horten end up in a pair of women's red high-heeled shoes? Will he survive a nighttime drive with a blindfolded man at the wheel? The only thing for certain is that Horten is first in line for some absurd adventures and quirky encounters. And maybe even a new dog and an old love!


»O'Horten« is writer-director Bent Hamer's fifth feature film. »Factotum« (2005), »Kitchen Stories« (2003) and »Eggs« (1995) all made their international premiere at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes. »Kitchen Stories« and »Eggs« were both awarded the International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) and »Kitchen Stories« received the Europa Cinemas Prize. »Kitchen Stories« was a 2003 Audience Award nominee at the European Film Awards and the Norwegian entry to the Academy Awards. Bent's films have been distributed in more than fifty countries, they have participated in 80 film festivals around the world and have won him some 30 prizes. In addition to his feature films, he has written and directed a number of short films and documentaries. Bent was born in Sandefjord, Norway, in 1956. He studied Film theory and Literature at the University of Stockholm and Stockholm Film School. He founded the Oslo production company BulBul Film in 1994 and also produces his films.

2008 »O'Horten«
2005 »Factotum«
2003 »Kitchen Stories«
1998 »Water Easy Reach«
1995 »Eggs«


Bård Owe - Odd Horten
Ghita Nørby - Mrs. Thøgersen
Espen Skjønberg - Trygve Sisener
Henny Moan - Svea
Bjørn Floberg - Flo
Kai Remlov - Steiner Sisener
Per Jansen - Head Of Enginers
Bjarte Hjelmeland - Train Conductor
Gard Eidsvold - Stinesen
Trond-Viggo Torgersen - Opsahl
Lars Øyno - Man with frozen salmon
Anette Sagen - Young Vera Horten
Bjørn Jensen - Waiter


Director and scriptwriter: Bent Hamer
Producer: Bent Hamer
Cinematographer: John Chr. Rosenlund
Editor: Pål Gengenbach
Art Director: Kalli Juliusson
Costume Designer: Anne Pedersen
Sound: Morten Solum
Music: Kaada
A production of Bulbul Film
In co-production with Scanboxfilm, Pandora Film, Memento Films

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 24fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 90 Min.
Original language: Norwegian

Original title: O'Horten



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