Joachim Trier

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Joachim Trier
Born (1974-03-01) 1 March 1974 (age 45)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Alma materNational Film and Television School
OccupationFilm director
Years active2006–present

Joachim Trier (born 1 March 1974) is a Norwegian film director raised in Oslo, Norway.[1] His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, a notable film produced in Norway in 1975.[2]

Early life[edit]

As a teenager, he was a top skateboarder who began shooting and producing his own skateboarding videos.[2] His passion for film making furthered in his early twenties and this ultimately led to his studies at the European Film College in Ebeltoft from 1995 to 1996 and at the UK's National Film & Television School.[3] His films focus primarily on memory and identity, which he regards as essential themes for cinema,[4] and has expressed that future projects would pertain mainly to his personal interests.[5]


His debut film Reprise follows the story of two aspiring writers and their volatile relationship.[6] Released by Miramax films in 2006, it received several national awards, including the Amanda Award and the Aamot Statuette,[7][8] as well as international recognition, with prizes at film festivals in Toronto, Istanbul, Rotterdam, Milan, and Karlovy Vary,[9] and led him to be named one of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" in 2007.[2]

His 2011 film Oslo, August 31st premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[10][11] The film is regarded as an adaptation of Louis Malle's The Fire Within, but with the location changed from Paris to Oslo.[6] The film received critical acclaim and was featured on several critics' 2012 Top 10 lists.[12][13]

He was named as one of the jury members for the "Cinéfondation" and short-film sections of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[14]

Trier's first English-language film, Louder Than Bombs (2015), starred Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne, and Isabelle Huppert,[15] and was critically well received. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[16] Trier's fourth feature, a supernatural horror-romance called Thelma, was screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival[17] and was selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, held in 2018.[18][19]

His latest film Thelma (2017) has been sold to around one hundred countries and has been shown at forty festivals, winning fifteen awards.





  1. ^ kort og godt fra Dagbladet (22.11.2002)
  2. ^ a b c "Biography". RSA Films. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. ^ Stabenfeldt, Fredrik. "Former EFC-student - now critically acclaimed director". European Film College. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  4. ^ Martin, Paul. "Cannes 2011: Joachim Trier interview". Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  5. ^ "REPRISE Q&A with Joachim Trier". phase9 TV. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b Weston, Hillary. "Cinematic Panic: The Quiet Allure of Joachim Trier's 'Oslo, August 31st'". Black Book. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. ^ Svendsen, Trond Olav. "Amandaprisen". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  8. ^ Svendsen, Trond Olav. "Aamotstatuetten". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  9. ^ Langlo, Jan. Amås, Knut Olav (ed.). Hvem er hvem? (in Norwegian). Oslo: Aschehoug. pp. 599–600.
  10. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". London. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  12. ^ "2012 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Best of 2012". Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Abbas Kiarostami to preside over jury at Cannes film festival". PressTV. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  15. ^ Jankiewicz, Eric (21 August 2014). "Movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne begins film preparations in Bayside". Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  16. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  18. ^ ""Thelma" blir den norske Oscar-kandidaten". NRK. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  19. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (6 September 2017). "Joachim Trier's 'Thema' Chosen by Norway to Run for Foreign-Language Oscar Nomination". Variety. Retrieved 6 September 2017.

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