Detroit Film Theatre


June 19-20-21 and June 26-27-28, 2009

 Detroit Film Theatre

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(Norway/2008 – directed by Bent Hamer)

This unpredictable, elegantly deadpan comedy from Norway’s Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories) tells the story of one Odd Horten (played by the amazing Bård Owe) who, after a forty year career and a perfect work record, prepares to retire from his job as a train engineer – a position he has held with pride, dignity, and above all, security. Yet as often happens with the best-laid plans (as today’s economy handily demonstrates), Horten’s final day on the job is far from predictable, and in the blink of an eye he’s set on an unexpected path that leads him in startling new directions undreamed of by him – or by the audience. While reminiscent of some of the great, dark Finnish comedies of director Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys), Hamer’s unforgettable portrait of an ordinary man whose regulated life derails in the direction of a poignant and funny chaos has a unique – and uniquely absurd – flavor all its own. A powerful generator of audience “buzz” at the Cannes, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, O‘Horten is that rarest of movies: a fable at once bizarrely unconventional and deeply reassuring. Norwegian with English subtitles. (90 min.)

“Wonderful… luminous and deliciously funny.”       -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

June 19 and 20 @ 7:00 and 9:30 p.m., June 21 @ 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

June 26 and 27 @ 9:30 p.m., June 28 @ 4:15 p.m.

Learn more about O’Horten with DIA Curator, Elliot Wilhelm.


O'Horten official website