Letter to the King
Status : Completed
Original title : BREV TIL KONGEN
Directed by : Hisham Zaman
Cast : Ali Bag Salimi, Zheer Durhan, Nazmi Kirik, Hassan Dimirci, Ivan Anderson, Derin Kader
A group of refugees are on a bus bound for Oslo, visiting the capital city in a land promising new beginnings. But for five people, it’s a day to rectify their past and justify a new future. We follow them as they each explore their possibilities – a secret love, a new life, a white lie, fulfilling a dream and avenging the death of a husband.
Their stories are bound together by a letter to the King of Norway, written by eighty-two year old Mirza.
Having nabbed the Nordic film prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival for 2013′s “Before Snowfall,” Norwegian helmer Hisham Zaman pulled off the same honor for the second year in a row with his sophomore effort, “Letter to the King,” a poignant ensemble drama that crosscuts among various refugees and asylum seekers, each with their individual hopes and agendas, as they spend a day in Oslo.
The film’s only 75 minutes long, which means that each of the five interconnected storylines has less than 15 minutes to introduce the characters, develop their conflicts and bring their stories to a close. But Zaman does so beautifully, further confirming he’s a storyteller of significant economy and observational skill as well as talent.
With this low-budget but impressive film, which was released in Norway at the end of January, the writer-director managed to take win the top prize at Sweden’s Goteborg Film Festival, the Dragon Award, for the second year in a row after last year’s win for his debut, Before Snowfall.
The Hollywood Reporter
Produced by : Hisham Zaman (Zaman Film) & Alan Milligan (Film Farms)
Year : 2014
Nationality : Norway, Kurdistan
Language : Norwegian & Kurdish
Length : 75'
Screening : DCP
- The Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival 2014
- San Marino International Film Festival 2014: Best Film
- 2014 Göteborg International Film Festival
- 2014 TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
- 2014 European Cinema Festival of Lecce
- 2014 Edinburgh International Film festival
- Tallinn Black Nights 2014 - Panorama