Louis & Luca - The Big Cheese Race heading for Berlin's Crystal Bear
After taking 370,000 admissions domestically in three weeks, Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen’s fully-animated family feature will compete at the Berlinale.
Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen’s Louis & Luca - The Big Cheese Race (Solan & Ludvig - Herfra til Flåklypa) – his second fully-animated family feature inspired by Norwegian author-artist Kjell Aukrust’s Flåklypa universe, which has taken 370,000 admissions domestically since the Dec 25, 2015 premiere – will compete for the Crystal Bear at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival between 11-21 February.
Race across peak
Unspooling in the Generation Kplus programme, the Cornelia Boysen and Synnøve Hørsdal production for Maipo Film finds Reodor Felgen's home and workshop are in peril, after Nolan has put a bet on it. Norwegian screenwriter Karsten Fullu delivered the script for the film, where a race across Flåklypa's highest peak will decide whether Nolan, Louis and Reodor will still retain their home.
Universe with potential beyond borders
“Who would have thought that the rivalry between two small villages in Norway had international interest? It shows that Aukrust amazing universe has potential beyond borders, and we are looking forward to show the films at what we consider one of the world’s most important festivals,” said Boysen, who also – with Hørsdal – produced Sivertsen’s previous Flåklypa film, The Christmas of Louis and Nolan (Solan og Ludvig - Jul i Flåklypa/2013), with 894,009 admissions in Norway.
Louis and Luca’s Christmas celebration was in 2014 named Best Norwegian Film for Children and Youth Audiences to win an Amanda, Norway’s national film prize.
Nordisk Film Distribusjon handled the Norwegian release of The Big Cheese Race, and Germany’s Sola Media is in charge of international distribution.