Beatles – the film adaptation from one of Norway’s most popular coming-of-age stories – will open the 42nd Norwegian film festival in Haugesund next month.
Danish director Peter Flinth has adapted the story of four Oslo boys in the 1960s for the big screen. According to Variety, Flinth's film is one of the first to be authorized to use original Beatles recordings.
Håkon Skogrand, the festival's programme director, said: “The film, like the novel, is a concise picture of the time and is a humorous and sensitive tale of teenagers’ insecurity and quest. Everyone who was young in the 1960s, who was young later or is young today, will identify and enjoy the adaption of Saabye Christensen’s universe. I really look forward to opening with Beatles."
The film stars Halvor Tangen Schultz, Jonathan Chedeville, Louis Williams and Håvard Jackwitz. They play four young boys who share a passion for the band, The Beatles.
Flinth, a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark (Den Danske Filmskole), is best known for his film adaptations of Swedish author Jan Gillou's Crusades trilogy.
"Beatles" was scripted for cinema by Axel Hellstenius and produced by Norway's Jørgen Storm Rosenberg.
Norway's annual International Film Festival runs until August 22nd.