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    The Worst Person in the World

    Directed by Joachim Trier
    Norway/France/Sweden | 128 minutes | Awards Buzz – Best International Feature Film

From acclaimed director Joachim Trier, this fresh, funny and audacious take on a young woman’s search for love and meaning in the modern world nabbed the Best Actress prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for its luminous lead Renate Reinsve.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.

film synopsis

It’s rare that a good director’s films keep getting better, but that’s the case with Joachim Trier, who continues to provide fresh takes on different genres. He was last in Palm Springs in 2018 with the telekinesis thriller Thelma. Now he’s back with a poignant relationship dramedy featuring another extraordinary heroine, the late-20-something Julie (Cannes Best Actress winner Renate Reinsve) who is looking for love and meaning in the modern world. Fluidly and audaciously told in 12 chapters, plus a prologue and epilogue, the film follows intelligent, ambitious but terribly uncertain Julie as she tries on different courses of study and relationships for size, and breaks a few hearts along the way. Unlike Hollywood rom-coms where everything miraculously turns out fine without any real-world repercussions, Trier and his longtime co-writer Eskil Vogt capture the melancholy and uncertainty that come with decisions and mistakes, making this a universal film for the ages.

film details

Director: Joachim Trier
Producers: Thomas Robsahm, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver
Screenwriter: Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt
Cinematographers: Kasper Tuxen
Editor: Olivier Bugge Coutté
Music: Ola Fløttum
Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Maria Garzia Di Meo
Original Language Title: Verdens verste menneske
Country: Norway/France/Sweden
Language: In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Year: 2021
Running Time: 128 minutes
Director Filmography: Thelma (2017), Louder Than Bombs (2015), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Reprise (2006)
Awards: Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival; Silver Hugo - Best Cinematography, Chicago International Film Festival; Silver Camera 300 Award, International Cinematographers’ Film Festival; FIPRESCI - Best Film, Palić Film Festival
Primary Company: NEON

Film Festival 2022